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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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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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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10 Lessons I learned in my First Year of Sewing Clothing

As of the beginning of December, I will have been successfully sewing my own clothing for a whole year!

To put it nicely my sewing skills (and my photography skills!) have increased drastically in the past 52 weeks and I have learned so much along the way. I have also had so many amazing opportunities to push myself farther than I ever thought possible and found a vibrant and strong online community of people who are frantically sewing their clothing as well that I have been able to lean on for support and encouragement along the way. It hasn’t all been a super fun ride, however.

I have had some major set backs, some major fails, and some major learning opportunities, all of which I am grateful for looking back, but they were all major low points in my sewing journey at the time. But in an effort to help you avoid the same disasters I had, I want to share the 10 biggest sewing lessons I learned over the last year. 

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New Pattern Release: M4M Darcey

October has been quite the month for new patterns! First we had Chelsea, then Kourtney, and now Darcey! and Darcey is here just in time for sweater weather! It has been fall here in Minnesota for a while now but honestly sweater weather lasts a good nine months out of the year for me, and I can never get enough sweaters. Ever. Especially neutral ones that will go with everything. They’re my weakness… well neutral cardigans and cheese ravioli but we all have our faults right? 

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New Pattern Release: M4M Kourtney

Another week, another new pattern release!

This week we have the brand new Made for Mermaids Kourtney Pattern  and I probably say it every time a new M4M pattern releases but this one is my new favorite! My last absolute favorite was the M4M Nina, in case you missed it, which is still a major love and I have made six Nina’s in total I believe. but time has gone on, new patterns have been released and now there is  a new girl in town that stole my heart and the top spot as my go-to quick sew pattern and that new girl is Kourtney!

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