As I mentioned yesterday, in my Color Me Lucky Pantone 2017 post, I happily, joyfully was involved in the testing process for the Made for Mermaids Mama Isabel. The much anticipated Mama Isabel (and Isabel – the precious girls’ version) released yesterday to much fanfare and delight! Many people have been waiting anxiously for this true wrap dress & top pattern and I believe there were perhaps riots planned if the release didn’t happen soon!
No further need for anxiety – Isabel is here and she is everything that we all hoped and dreamed she would be!
I managed to eke out three different versions throughout the testing process. I’m a slooowwwww sewist. So, slow. So, it is somewhat rare that I find time within the time limits of a pattern test to make 3 of anything. Particularly a dress! I shared with you yesterday, my top length version of Mama Isabel – made of a Pink Yarrow shibori print rayon spandex. I also sewed up a dress length with 3/4 sleeves and a tulip hem skirt and a dress length with short sleeves and straight hem skirt. I. Love. Them. All! Sooo much! I hereby swear that every single tester looked gorgeous in this pattern – no matter what version!
The pattern offers multiple hem options; a top length, mini, knee & maxi lengths. Also, for the dress versions, two different skirt styles are included, both a straight hem and a tulip hem skirt. And, of course, 3 sleeve lengths, short, 3/4 and long.
My first version was a knee length, 3/4 sleeve with a tulip skirt. I made this with a floral rayon spandex fabric that I’ve been holding onto from Sew Sisters Fabrics, which sadly, no longer sells fabrics. The skirt falls to the perfect length for my happiness – I’m 5’5 1/2″ and the pattern is drafted for a 5’5″ woman, but there are instructions in the tutorial for making adjustments for height. I wore this out to dinner with my husband and I will just say that he was very pleased with it.
I made a straight size Red with no adjustments for each Isabel that I made.
My second version of Mama Isabel was in a black & white geo print cotton lycra that I snagged from Mel at Purpleseamstress Fabrics. This is a mid-weight cotton lycra and you can tell from the photos that it definitely falls differently on me than the rayon spandex. I love them both, but the rayon spandex definitely lies softer and closer to the body. This is slightly stiffer with a bit more structure, but still looks gorgeous!
This version is the straight hem, but also knee length. The cross wrap is a true wrap, not a faux, so you have a little bit of play in the waist with the ties.
I have already worn my floral, tulip skirt version on a date night and it is most definitively husband appreciated! I have a feeling that all three of my Isabel versions will be in heavy rotation throughout the spring and summer! I already actually have plans for at least one more. I am very maxi-shy. I have felt ridiculous in every single maxi dress I’ve tried on in stores, but everyone looked so amazing in these dresses that I’m planning a tulip maxi! I’ll share it when I sew it up!
Don’t forget! Isabel (girls’ version), Mama Isabel, and the Mama & Girls’ Bundle are all on sale until midnight CST Sunday! The bundle is definitely the very best deal – only $12.00 USD for both patterns!
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