Camila swimsuit & Pearl cover-up

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Over the last few weeks Made for Mermaids has been really busy with loads of swimsuit testing.  There have been 4 swimsuits in testing, and a swim cover-up as well.  Last week as testing was winding down, I met up with two other local ladies that were testing the Camila suit as well and we got pictures of our girls all in Camila suits.  We had such a fun time while the girls ran around the splash pad, and their camera laden moms were snapping pictures.  camilla11

I never really had a major need to sew swimwear.  I always thought that what I bought fit okay.  The problem comes when you have tall and skinny kids.  All of the suits that I buy my kids from the stores are always way too wide.  They never stay up, or are sagging because they need the length, but never really the width.  Having swimsuits that fit my kids has been a game changer!  I will never go back to store bought suits again!  camilla7

The Camila suit from Made from Mermaids offers a flounce that can either be made to go under the arms or off the shoulder.  It has a ruched side and can be strapless, or have halter or shoulder ties.  Like all of Made for Mermaids patterns, this one goes from 1/2 (approximately 9-12m) to 14 sizes.  I got both of my fabrics from Peek-a-boo Fabric Shoppearl

The Pearl cover-up is a skirt with an attached flounce.  These cover-ups are similar to the ones that I’ve seen in the stores lately.  They remind me of a mermaid tail when they’re worn.  I made mine out of swim knit, but this pattern can be made out of other knits as well.  All of the swimsuit patterns are on sale until Monday, July 3 for $7.50 each.  You can also bundle all of the girl patterns for $21 getting the Pearl cover-up for FREE!  Or bundle all of the patterns, with the mama Camila, for $26.  That’s 5 patterns for only about $5 each. camilla6Camilla2Camilla

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Metropolitan Shorts

My daughter is lacking shorts that fit her in her wardrobe this summer.  I wanted something that was simple, yet girly too.  I also wanted a little longer short for her.  I feel as though most of the stuff in the store is a little too short for my taste.  When I saw the Metropolitan Pants pattern by New Horizon Designs, I decided to make both of my kids a pair of shorts.  I love that I can use the same pattern for both of them. metro2

First off, I knew I wanted to add something to the shorts for my daughter.  I decided to first measure her inseam, since the pattern as is seemed a little long for her.  Her inseam to her knee was 5″, and I decided to add a 1/2″ ruffle.  I cut from the inseam to 4.25″ (removing 2.25″) for her 36″ height.  I measured the hemline around the base of the shorts to be 12.5″ and doubled this width to 25″.  I then cut two strips 25″ by 1.75″.  When I made the shorts, I folded the strip in half to make a band and gathered to fit the bottom hem.  Before hemming my son’s shorts, I tried them on and I also decided to shorten his by 2″, as they came past his knees. metro10

For both pairs, I used fabric from Joann.  My daughter’s shorts are chambray/linen blend, and my son’s pair is made from twill.  metro9

The pattern requires you to do front pockets (unless you want to adjust the pattern), and has optional back welt pockets.  They feature a flat front and elastic back.  There’s also an optional faux fly, which I did on my son’s shorts.  There are three different hem lengths, pants, capris, and shorts.  The pattern goes from sizes 0-3 months up to 10.  They were a simple sew and only took me a couple of hours for each.  Click here to get the pattern. metro8metro4metro6metro7

Allegro Pants & Shorts

I recently got to adventure to Los Angeles.  While I was there, I went to the Fabric District.  This place is like heaven for sewers!  So many shops upon shops of fabric.  I’m pretty sure if I lived there that I would never have any money.  One shop in particular is basically full of just beautifully drapey goodness that is rayon challis all for $2/yard.  I couldn’t help myself and grabbed several yards.  When Tami from Love Notions posted about the new pants and shorts pattern she was going to test, I knew exactly what I wanted to use some rayon challis for.  These floral cropped pants were made with some of the rayon challis that I grabbed on my visit to LA.  allegro40

During testing, Tami added a skirt option to go with the pattern.  I couldn’t be more thrilled with the fit and comfort of these pants.  The back patch pockets are large enough to hold my big phone too.  The pattern consists of cropped pants, 9″ and 5″ shorts (hemmed or cuffed), and knee or ankle length skirts.  Slant and patch pockets for the front and back, and a drawstring option for the waistband.  allegro30

Grab the new Allegro pattern by Love Notions for $8 while it’s on sale!  P.S. I’m also wearing the updated LDT in the picture above.

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Tidewater Tee

I just love the look of the cute cutouts on clothing lately.  This new tee by Winter Wear Designs has a trendy cutout in the back.  I really enjoy this one because I can still wear my bra with it and not have it show. wwdtee6

I did the regular sleeve on this version that I made, but there are two other styles of sleeves that can be done.  A cute tulip sleeve and a trendy cold shoulder sleeve styles also come with the pattern.  There’s also two necklines, a deeper neckline and a higher one.  My version is with the higher neckline. 19417111_10213611379058736_5009588357710106687_o

My version was done in rayon spandex, but I also made an earlier tester version in a brushed poly that also worked well with this pattern.  Depending on the weight of a cotton spandex, you could likely use a lighter weight one.  wwdtee3

The pattern can be purchased on Winter Wear Designs website, and is on sale for $7.50 until 6/25/17.

Portlander Shorts

These shorts!!  I think they’re some of the quickest and comfiest shorts I’ve ever made.  The Portlander pants pattern from New Horizon designs got an update this week.  Your favorite pants now include a shorts cutline!

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These shorts took me a total of about 30 minutes from cut to finish.  I wanted to have a laid back and comfy lounge look.  I decided to fold them hem up with the right sides together, instead of having the traditional hem with the wrong sides facing.  Wport10

This textured look is exactly what I wanted to have.  I bought both of these fabrics some time ago from Raspberry Creek Fabrics on Etsy.  This pattern also has a pocket that can be added, and also a drawstring.  Wport4

Grab your copy of the pattern!  (This post contains affiliate links)