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Catherine, Mama Catherine, and Dolly Catherine by Made for Mermaids 


Every time Made for Mermaids releases a new pattern, I think I fall in love all over again!

Catherine is a knit top, tunic, and/or dress pattern for girls in sizes 1/2 – 14. She features several yoke options, including a square or scoop neckline. Sleeve options include short, 3/4, flounce, hi low flounce, and long sleeves. Length options include top, tunic, dress with ruffle, and dress length. We just love the gathered skirt, the sweetness of the flounce and the ruffle dress, and I especially love how quick it was to sew up!

Mama Catherine features the same yoke and sleeve options as the girl’s version. Mama Catherine length options include top, tunic, dress, and curved hem dress length. There’s no mama ruffle length, though it wouldn’t be hard to draft your own ruffle if you are dying to have that option!

Catherine

This mustard & white striped double brushed polyester from Knitpop was perfect for this Catherine (curved lined yoke, ruffle dress, hi low flounce sleeve). I paired it with Bonny leggings now that we’re finally getting some chilly weather!

(Striped DBP – Knitpop; Floral DBP – Sincerely Rylee Fabric; Burgundy flats – Target; Boots – Amazon)

The other two versions I made feature flounce hacks; you can check out the full post I did for those over here! The burgundy floral finished shorter than the actual ruffle dress pattern is intended, but it will be perfect as a tunic!

(Burgundy floral velvet – Knitpop; Green Floral – Sincerely Rylee)

Dolly Catherine

Despite the teeny tiny pieces, Dolly Catherine was still worth it. So much cuteness!

Mama Catherine

The Mama Catherine is just as stunning as the girls’ Catherine pattern! I made three different versions during testing (and have made several others since), and I just can’t bring myself to pick a favorite! This pink floral version is the curved tunic length with long sleeves. I like my tops a little longer, so I would personally wear this as top length.

Full disclosure – I really thought I would hate the flounce sleeve on the mama dress. I offered to test any option, but secretly planned to chop off the flounces as soon as pictures were done so I could just hem the sleeve.  Turns out, I actually really love it! This red Mama Catherine is curved dress length with a hi low flounce sleeve and a lined curved yoke. The red is a bamboo spandex blend from Knitpop. I used a red stretch lace that I scored on Amazon lined with a beige colored double brushed polyester from my stash. The lace yoke is definitely my favorite part!

As always, I love to see just how versatile different pieces can be. I had fun pairing this Mama Catherine curved length dress with other Made for Mermaids/Patterns for Pirates pieces, plus a few ready-to-wear items and accessories for these 12 easy looks. Check out my full styling post here

Grab your copy of Mama Catherine, Catherine, Dolly Catherine, or you can grab the limited time bundle while it’s available!

Happy sewing 🙂

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Made for Mermaids Cora and Mama Cora Culottes 

I was so happy to test Made for Mermaids‘ newest patterns, Cora and Mama Cora Culottes! The best part about these sweet shorts, aside from how quick and easy they are to sew AND the fact that they look like a skirt but your legs don’t have to touch, is that if you purchase now for just $3 each, 100% of the  proceeds will go to benefit those recovering from the damages of Hurricane Harvey! Eventually, both Cora and Mama Cora will have a special code if you are a member of the M4M Facebook group, but if you have a few dollars to spare, now is a perfect time to purchase. 

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One of my favorite things about the mama Cora Culottes I made during testing is that I was able to incorporate pieces of my spring and fall mini capsules to make complete outfits! The black Made for Mermaids Mama Claire and striped Patterns for Pirates pencil skirt (shown as a scarf) are both from my spring capsule, while the cream Mama Claire and olive Mama Joy skirt separate are both from my fall capsule. 

I also used two pieces from my daughter’s fall capsule to coordinate with her culottes – the cream lace trimmed Tara top, and Isabel worn as a duster are both from her fall capsule. They looked so cute with her mustard boho print double brushed polyester pair, and her blue floral french terry pair! 


I opted for more fitted tops when I was styling mine. I loved my Mama Coras with a Mama Tara Twist Top, or a Mama Claire. I also paired with a few ready-to-wear fitted tops. I tried with a Mama Nina top, and I felt like there was just too much going on!  It did look a little better knotted if you’re determined to try it out. 

As far as fabrics go, my favorite wear-out-in-public pair is double brushed polyester (the mustard/white boho print pair – fabric was from So Sew English but I don’t believe it’s available any more).  Cotton spandex/lycra makes for great lounge culottes, but fair warning – especially in gray, they look like sweatpant shorts (sweat shorts? Pajama shorts?). I’m not mad about them; I’m actually wearing them right this minute! I paired my gray pair with a sized down Mama Tara (only sized down and cut off grain only because I ran out of fabric!! Eek!) in french terry. From the side I can kind of pretend I’m wearing a causal skirt, but the front is straight up sweats. Don’t ask me why, but I tried to jazz it up with a necklace anyway! 

I also loved Mama Cora and Cora in stretch velvet! It gave it a much dressier feel, and I’m excited to layer them over tights as the temperature drops! I wore this black pair with a rayon blouse from a local boutique. 

Culottes are really designed for knit fabrics, but I tried a pair in woven fabric just because I couldn’t resist the temptation to experiment; they actually turned out cuter than I expected! I used my normal length waistband, but cut out of double brushed polyester and extended the width to 8″ instead of the 6″ the tutorial calls for. I sized up roughly two sizes for the legs. It’s not quite the same fit, but I did like the skirt-like silhouette it had. If you are self-conscious about your hips, I would skip the woven experiments because there of course isn’t the flowiness of knit fabrics. This pretty floral woven is from Hobby Lobby. Tee is from my sweet friend Tiffany’s Agnes & Dora shop. 

A few notes – I only hemmed my woven pair. I preferred the unhemmed look on all the pairs I made. You certainly can hem them if you prefer! Also, I found the pockets on the size 1 shortest length Coras hung out the bottom, so we opted out of pockets. The longer hem lengths in size 1, and the larger girls’ sizes in all lengths, should be fine with pockets, though! Finally, there are definitely moments of diaper visibility in the length we made; if that’s something you are particular about, I would suggest going with a different length. 

Here are more pictures of the pairs I made for Bee & me! I’ll be making several more for both of us. Grab yours before the end of September if you want your patterns to serve a greater purpose! 







 

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Made for Mermaids Nina and Mama Nina 

I was SO excited to test the two newest patterns for Made for MermaidsNina and Mama Nina. There are few things I love more than a cute, comfy swing dress, and Mama Nina is just the one I’ve been searching for my whole life. Please don’t tell my husband. 🙂

Mama Nina and Nina both feature several options, making it the perfect addition to back-to-school wardrobes for every age. AND! The raglan style sleeve is a PERFECT way to create some mommy-and-me looks with your boys. Made for Mermaids  also offers the Rowan Raglan tee pattern, which would tie in beautifully for you boy moms that are feeling left out of the fun!

During testing, my little and I tried out top length, curved hem tunic length, hi-low dress length, short sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, long sleeves, pocket, and no pocket! Whew! I wasn’t kidding when I said I was in love! My favorite for my daughter is the tunic length; it’s the sweetest little top in any sleeve length.


Burgundy floral – DBP from Knitpop. Tunic, 3/4 sleeves, size 1

Pink stripes – DBP from SlyFoxFabrics. Long sleeve, tunic, size 1

Of course, we can’t get enough of the option to wear mommy-and-me Ninas either!

I wanted so badly for her to love her sparkly gold sleeves, but they are itchy and awful! I’m going to have to line the sleeves, because it’s just too cute not to wear. Speaking of fabric choices, definitely follow the fabric recommendations in the Mama Nina/Nina patterns. The gray & gold I made turned out super cute, and mine is extremely comfortable, but the cotton lycra is definitely not the most flattering. I also tried out liverpool – it was way too hot for July in the south, and it doesn’t drape in a flattering way AT ALL. Our favorites fabric choices were double brushed polyester, and rayon spandex.

ITY / poly spandex blend from JoAnn’s (!!!!). Size blue, long sleeve, dress length
Finally, Mama Nina in top length made great last minute additions to my fall mini-capsule. Look for my capsule post later this week!

Pink Floral DBP – Size 1, long sleeve, dress length

You can purchase each pattern individually for $7 each, OR grab the LIMITED TIME bundle- BOTH patterns for only $10. Made for Mermaids  only offers bundles at release! Sale and bundle ends Sunday 8/13/17 midnight cst.

Bundle

Mama Nina 

Nina (Girls)

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Rowan Raglan – Not included in the bundle/sale, but an awesome way to include those boys in the mommy-and-me fun!

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