Made for Mermaids Girl’s & Mama Lea

Made for Mermaids Lea Pattern sewn by Made by MelliMade for Mermaids is at it again this week with my favorite kind of pattern release – mommy & me patterns! Nothing makes Maci more excited for a photo shoot than knowing that we are modeling matching outfits! There will come a time when she will literally cringe at the thought of matching me, so I must take advantage of this while I can! The Girl’s & Mama Lea patterns are lovely, flattering patterns with several options that sew up quickly. The short story? You need them in your stash!

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Made for Mermaids Lea Pattern sewn by Made by Melli

Lea is such a charming design with the loose dolman sleeve, scoop in the back neckline, and blousy fit through the bodice with elastic at the waist. With all of the added design options, the possibilities and combinations are endless. I know I will be reaching for this pattern over and over again!

Made for Mermaids Lea Pattern sewn by Made by Melli

Here are the details for the Girl’s Lea:

  • Sizes 1/2 through 14
  •  Elastic at natural waist
  • Gathered knit or woven skirt – tunic or dress length
  • Knit romper in pants or shorts length
  • Optional inseam and/or bodice pocket
  • Regular hems or rolled cuff
  • Hemmed neckline with optional band across back

Made for Mermaids Lea Pattern sewn by Made by Melli

Made for Mermaids Lea Pattern sewn by Made by Melli

Made for Mermaids Lea Pattern sewn by Made by Melli

Maci’s Lea Dolman is a size 6 tunic length in a gorgeous floral ponte. I used clear elastic at the neckline to help keep it’s shape, and did a regular hem at the bottom & the sleeves. I originally planned on making Maci’s a dress as well, but I barely had enough of this fabric to squeeze out the tunic! It turned out well because I actually love that our outfits coordinate, but aren’t exactly the same.

Made for Mermaids Lea Pattern sewn by Made by Melli


For my Lea, I did a knee-length dress with inseam pockets. YES, pockets!! I also used clear elastic in the neckline, again to help keep it’s shape and keep the shoulders from slipping. I did a regular hem on the sleeves and left the bottom unhemmed. Partly because I’m lazy (or recovering from 4 days of the stomach flu..) and partly because I wanted that little extra length. I am 5’4″, so I’m also slightly shorter than what the pattern is drafted for, and I did not make any adjustments to the length.

Made for Mermaids Lea Pattern sewn by Made by MelliHere are the details for Mama Lea:

  • Color coded sizes from Grey to Red (Bust 30″-51″)
  • Elastic at natural waist
  • A-line knit skirt – tunic, mini dress, or knee-length dress
  • Knit shorts romper
  • Optional inseam and/or bodice pocket
  • Regular hems or rolled cuff
  • Hemmed neckline with optional band across back

Made for Mermaids Lea Pattern sewn by Made by Melli

Dresses are great on their own, but there’s just something extra special about a dress with pockets! For my dress, I used the same navy floral ponte that I used for Maci’s tunic. It’s so soft and has a really nice drape. At the same time, it’s a more stable knit and wears very well! Before sewing it up, I was worried that this dress wouldn’t flatter my figure. I am an apple shape, and carry my extra weight in my midsection. My waist usually falls into a bigger size range than my hips or bust, so I thought for sure that would be emphasized in all the wrong ways with the elastic. I was so wrong! I actually really love how this dress fits me and I feel confident and beautiful wearing it! What a pleasant surprise!
Made for Mermaids Lea Pattern sewn by Made by Melli

I wore my dress to church this past Sunday and felt incredibly comfortable AND stylish at the same time! That is a win.

Since a few have already asked – I got this fabric from Pretty Posh Prints on Facebook. Last I checked, it appeared that they do still have some, and at an amazing price, too! I love the colors for fall, and of course.. florals! Duh 😉

Made for Mermaids Lea Pattern sewn by Made by Melli

This pattern is so versatile, and will easily transition into my fall wardrobe.  Layer a cardigan, pair it with some cute fall boots, and I’ll be set!

For the release, these patterns are on sale individually for $7 (regular price is $9 each). During the sale, you can grab both patterns in a limited bundle for only $10! I’m not even joking! 🙂 Talk about bang for your buck!

You can grab the girls pattern HERE, the Mama pattern HERE, or for the best value – the bundle deal HERE. Sale prices and bundle deal are available through Saturday 8/27/2016 midnight CST.

Check in to the Made for Mermaids Facebook Group for TONS of tester inspiration of every version of the pattern!

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2 thoughts on “Made for Mermaids Girl’s & Mama Lea

  1. I’m pretty sure you had me at “knit shorts romper” for moms. I would love to have something like that in my stash. Lovely work, as always!

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