Here in the US, we’re embracing the last few weeks of summer before school starts up again. At least that is what I’m doing when not hiding under a table quietly counting the days of summer break left. Those with multiple kids home all summer maybe know what I’m talking about.
For that reason, I welcomed the chance to sew up a new item to add a little new fun to the well-used dress up bucket. This chance came in the newest One Thimble ezine featuring an underwater theme.
For some extra fun, we did some tie dying. Follow along below for the details on that!
What is One Thimble? It’s an electronic sewing magazine PACKED full of sewing goodies and patterns. The magazine features regular columns, additional project tutorials, technique instructional articles, and handmade business interviews and tips – and of course sewing patterns. It releases quarterly. We happy to be sharing two patterns we’ve sewn up today, and a chance to win the magazine (scroll to the bottom of the post). This post contains affiliate links
Quick Break Down
Patterns in this One Thimble Issue:
11 PDF Patterns. These included girls, boys, women’s, a hand sewn mermaid, and free motion applique designs. They range from dresses, tanks, pants, mermaid skirts, and shorts. You could create a great mini wardrobe with just this ezine.
Additional tutorials (so much dress up fun in this one!) and articles about owning a creative business.
Makana Mermaid Skirt contributed by Tadah Patterns
My first project was the Makana Mermaid skirt contributed by Tadah Patterns. I’ve seen lots of really pretty whimsical versions of this sewn up in many pretty fabrics. I love them- but knew that our dress up bucket is a rough and tumble place. So I wanted to find a compromise.
Quilting cotton would give me lots of print options and more durability than some of the lighter fabrics, but I wanted something that would drape nicer.
I picked up a soft cotton white flat sheet at my local store and a tie dye kit. We had a tie dye party outside the kids did tshirts and I did the big sheet. I used an accordion fold to get this look.
It gave me the kind of fish/water feel that I had imagined with a nice soft (and durable) drape.
The pattern itself was quick and easy to follow. The hardest, most involved part was hemming the sides of the tail. Just go slow to get a nice curved hem.
I sewed up the skirt with the intention of it being a play item so I wasn’t too worried about the length, which lays out behind her in true fin fashion. The skirt does offer an option of adding a wrist loop to the tail if your mermaid or merman wants to wear their tail out and about. I just spaced it at the wrong moment and didn’t want to open up the seam.
The flexible sizing means this will be a well-loved piece for awhile to come. I have enough of the sheet I’m tempted to make up a matching skirt for little sis. Because matching mermaids, right?
Next up I made the sweet little hand sewn Mermaid and her shell. These are the perfect size to quietly tuck into a backpack pocket if a little extra bravery is needed the first day of school. After you enter the Rafflecopter below hop over to see the post with allllllll of the pictures HERE.
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