Made for Mermaids Mama Isabel-A Wrap Dress for Just Lookin’ Gorgeous!





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!

Do you love wrap dresses as much as I do?  Will you be sewing any this weekend?  Let me know on my Sewingly, Michelle Facebook page!  You can connect with me through my social media  buttons on the sidebar!