New Pattern Release: M4M Lexi Loungers

It is finally here, the final pattern in Made for Mermaids Lounge and Lace collection! So far we have had a fabulous lace bralette, a cheekie panty pattern, and a stunning sweater with so many possibilities I haven’t even been able to make them all yet. Now we have Lexi, a slim fit jogger and lounge pant pattern that is just the thing we needed to finish off all of those cute but comfy lounge outfits we have been sewing!

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A Sneak Peak at Sew Your Capsule

Sew Your Capsule: Capsule Wardrobes for the modern sewist is officially set to release at the beginning of march y’all! Writing the E book has been such a labor of love and I am so excited for you all to be able to read it and (hopefully) love it as much as I do. Throughout the six chapter in the book I will walk you through the journey of creating and planning your first self-made capsule wardrobe, from figuring out your style, cleaning out your closet, making your actual plan, and finally sewing it all up in a completely honest and straight forward way.

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New Pattern Release: M4M Stella Sweater

The third pattern in Made for Mermaids Lounge and Lace Collection released this morning and as much as I was loving me some good lingerie, I may be loving this even more! The complete opposite of the lacy Bridgette and Victoria patterns, Stella is the most comfy of sweaters with so many design options! Add to that how quick they are to sew up (hello minimal top stitching!) and you have a recipe for a pattern I am going to be making over and over again for the rest of the winter (that’s another four months here in Minnesota, plenty of time to make at least twenty more sweaters)!

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Sew how was January?

The first month of the year is always a whirlwind for me! Setting back down after the holidays, trying to get myself back in the gym after a couple of months of not enough time and too many sugar cookies, and the usual work / life balance, all topped off with the fact that Minnesota likes to hang out at or below 20 degrees in January (and usually is under zero for at least half the month, which means limited outside) ends up making me a nervous ball of energy about this time of year!

Which is great for my sewing productivity and bad for my dog (the poor thing just wants to sleep and I keep making him play with me…).  Sew what have I been up to? Well, a lot! 

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New Pattern Release: M4M Bridgette and Victoria

Get ready for a whole lot of me ya’ll because we are getting real up close and personal with this one! Its been a hot minute since we talked about a new pattern release so we might as well make this a two-fer and do it up right, with lingerie patterns to boot!

Made for Mermaids just released two new patterns, Bridgette and Victoria! Bridgette is a bralette and nightie pattern and Victoria is the panties to match! These are the first two patterns in their new Lounge and Lace collection and let me tell you they are both quick, easy, and super addicting. Like I made seventeen pairs of undies and four bralettes in two weeks addicting (talk about a scrap buster!)

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My eight favorite online fabric shops!

So a few days ago we talked about my favorite free clothing patterns (ten of them to be exact) for women. It is by no means an exhaustive list but it truly sums up some of my favorite clothing patterns. If you missed it, I highly recommend you check it out! But the question remaining after that post is where is the best places to buy fabric for all of those amazing fabrics?

There are a lot of places to buy fabric. and I do mean A Lot of places. Some of them are pretty big, some are small, some have brick and mortar store, some are primarily online. I buy from all of these places and tend to buy different fabrics from different types of shops on the regular but its hard not to play favorites. And in that spirit I want to talk about my favorite online fabric shops today.

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10 free sewing patterns from real pattern companies

Whether you are a new to sewing or an experienced sewist, there is something incredibly tempting about free patterns, especially for clothing. If you have taken the leap to try any of them however you will have learnt very quickly that not all free patterns are made the same. In fact some of them are just awful int he quality of their instructions and grading. And then there are some that call themselves free patterns but in fact are actually more like tutorials, just a general guideline of what you should be doing to make the finished item. And then there are my absolute least favorite, the ones that dont even have a pattern, or they only have it in one size and if you need a different size you are plain out of luck unless you can figure out how to grade it yourself.

It’s a scary world out there folks. A world I have ventured into many times, more often than not with less than ideal results (and usually a few cuss words too if were being totally honest).

But not all free PDF sewing patterns are bad, in fact some are amazing! One of my most used patterns ever is actually a free pdf sewing pattern!

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Peek inside my sewing space

A couple of weeks ago I joined a new sewing related Facebook group that I have really been enjoying! Its called Sewing Room Ideas and its entire purpose is to share pictures of sewing rooms, corners, closets, trailers, offices, etc to help inspire other people set up theirs. I have spent hours just scrolling through everyone spaces, from massive to tiny and from meticulously organized to creatively messy. It is my new favorite way to waste a couple of minutes or even a whole hour. 

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Get Organized in 2018 with FREE Sewing Printables

Ya’ll. I am so excited about this I cannot even describe it. Literally, so excited! Over the last couple of days I have been working intensely on creating a whole new type of sewing freebie for you all and they are finally ready for release! So get excited too!

Can you guess what they are!?!

I mean probably if you read the title of this post but in case you cant, it is free sewing organization printables!

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