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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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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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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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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