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Hello! I feel like it’s been forever, but really it’s only been a few weeks that I’ve been on a little “break”. I’ve still been busy, and I’m back today to share my most recent pattern tests! Made for Mermaids is releasing 2 amazing patterns today, the Girl’s & Mama Quinn. These patterns are designed to coordinate with each other, but aren’t completely matchy matchy, which is fun! They both have this cute V in the front and I love the other details in both patterns!
Let’s start with the Girls! The Girl’s Quinn. There are several length & skirt options making this a super versatile pattern! The tutorial includes instructions for a shirred back or elastic casings in the back so you can choose whichever method you prefer. The bodice is a perfect canvas for embellishment, but ironically I left mine pretty plain! Sometimes plain is good though 🙂
Here are all of the details:
Sizes 1/2 through Girl’s 14 (Chest 19″-32″)
Top, Tunic, Dress, or Maxi
2 bodice lengths
A-line or gathered skirt
Optional hem ruffle
Crossed back straps
I love that the shirred or elastic back gives the bodice a nice fitted look, but is still comfortable to wear! And those crossed/tied straps are so cute! For my first tester dress I did a dress length, gathered skirt without the ruffle, and shirred back. I used this gorgeously soft border print sateen from from the Gertie Collection at Joann. I really wanted to let the fabric shine, so I left off adding any extra embellishiments to the bodice. I love how sleek it looks! Such a darling silhouette.
I made a second dress for Maci’s Pre-K graduation. (sidenote: my baby will be in Kindergarten.. ahh!!) I did dress length with a ruffle, and added a couple of fabric covered buttons to the bodice. I used this beautiful Amy Butler Bliss Bouquet fabric that I’ve been hoarding forever. And much to my surprise, it’s still available! You can find it here. 🙂 She looked so cute at her graduation program and did an amazing job singing all of her songs are remembering her lines!
And now onto the Mama Quinn! The Mama Quinn is a slip style crop, top, dress, or maxi. It is so flowy and easy to wear, and made with lightweight wovens. It will be a summer staple!
Here are all of the details:
Sizes Grey – Red (full bust 30″-51″)
Facing or fully lined
V or Straight back with optional elastic
Center, criss cross, or shoulder-tie straps
I did the top version with v back, and did a facing. I layered my top over a cream colored tee for modesty 🙂 I paired my top with the new Pirate Pencil Skirt pattern from Patterns for Pirates. Make sure you are in her Facebook group for a special discount code for the pattern!! 😉 For my skirt, I used a bright floral Liverpool from one of my favorite fabric shops, Raspberry Creek Fabrics.
I love the loose, easy fit! There are no closures, darts, etc so it is a very quick sew! It is marked as an intermediate pattern because of the fabric recommendations. It is recommended to use woven fabrics with drape: chiffon, poly chiffon, voile, lawn, rayon challis, peach skin, poly blends, chambray, etc. These types of fabrics can be super shifty and slippery, so make sure to use a walking foot, lots of wonder clips, and the correct needle! I used this buttery soft tencel from the Nicole Miller line at Joann. I can’t get over how soft it is!!
I had quite the fiasco getting ready to take these pattern test pics, but that’s a story for another day! You can see how the story ended on my instagram though. Haha!
So there’s that 🙂 Now, I know you want sale details! From now until Sunday 5/28 @ midnight CST, you can grab the Girl’s Quinn or the Mama Quinn on sale individually for $7 each (reg $9). BUT, let’s be honest, we know you need both patterns! Lucky for you, you can grab both patterns in a special bundle, ONLY during the release sale! You can find the bundle here. Pick them up and create some darling, coordinating Mama & Me cuteness!