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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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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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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Can I spend a whole year without buying any new clothes?

The new year is here and with it the new years resolutions! I made quite a few for myself. As per usual, some of which are more realistic than others if I am being completely honest but one of the biggest challenges I have given myself for this year is avoiding purchasing nay new clothing items for myself. Instead I will be attempting to sew all of the clothing items I need throughout the year (and probably a couple of more).

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Let’s Try This Again: 2018 Sewing “Goals”

In case you missed it, I failed miserably at reaching my 2017 sewing goals but don’t think that is going to stop me from setting even harder goals for 2018. And even though I didn’t make all of the things that I had originally planned to for 2017, it was still a great year for me, both in my personal life and with my sewing, that I can’t even be upset that I fell short of my goals. Here is hoping that 2018 is another banner year

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A look back on 2017’s Sewing Goals

I cannot believe that there is only two weeks left in 2017! This year was an absolute whirlwind and so, so much changed for me that I am actually a little sad to see it come to and end. I started a full-time career that I am passionate about and love (while keeping my previous part-time employment as well), purchased my first car all on my own, moved, got a dog, started testing PDF sewing patterns, and mastered so many new sewing skills. It was, personally, one of my best years yet. It was also, incredibly busy and at times quite hectic which meant I didn’t get all of the sewing time I would have really liked and I didn’t get to all of the projects I originally thought I would. Oh well!

So as the year comes to an end I wanted to take a moment to look back on all of the grand sewing plans I had for the year, see what I accomplished and what I didn’t, and start thinking about where I want to go with my sewing in 2018.

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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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Giftables Month: Dolly Clothes

Welcome to the first day of giftables month! I have been doing a lot of selfish sewing lately but its time to kick my butt into high gear and get sewing for everyone else but of course you’re coming on this journey with me! And were starting with the tween girls in my life, who are both getting brand new, trendy outfits for their American Girl Dolls.

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