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!



Color Me Lucky Blog Tour!





Sewing by Ti and Simply by Ti Fabrics are hosting a blog tour each month this year with a different theme.  This month’s theme, Color Me Lucky, is soooo fun, because I love color, as many of us makers do.

We were challenged to put something together based on the Pantone 2017 colors.

I was surprised to see the hazelnut – my neutral of choice is still hanging in the gray tones, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see those beige-y, tan colors coming back, particularly in home decor.  My family room is decorated with accent colors very close to Greenery and Island Paradise, I find those shades so soft, fresh and soothing.

As far as clothing goes, I generally gravitate toward bright colors.  I love the Lapis Blue {I think it would make a stunning dress….} and the Primrose Yellow, both are bright and right up my alley.  Though I like the Greenery in my home decor, I also love the shade for clothes.  A little bit of vanity – I think it brings out the color of my eyes.  But, by far my favorite color to wear, are shades of pink.  So, I went on a fabric search for Pink Yarrow and found this gorgeous, solid rayon spandex from Cali Fabrics.  Sadly, that fabric didn’t arrive in time for my blog post.  Don’t fear though, because I found this fabulous fabric – a shibori print, and like my CaliFabrics choice, is also a rayon spandex.  I’m not generally a fan of Jo-Ann for purchasing fabrics, I typically only go there for a few odds and ends and the rare non-textile crafting need; I almost exclusively order fabric online.  But, I was on a deadline and there are few options locally for knit or apparel fabrics.  I was prepared for settling for disappointment, but was pleasantly surprised by this super soft, flowy and on trend fabric.

Once I found the perfect Pink Yarrow color, I had to make a pattern selection.  Luckily for me – I was happily involved in testing the brand new (releasing TODAY) Made for Mermaids Mama Isabel, and I think it is my most favorite thing I have ever made.  I love the clothes I make myself, and I love everything I’ve shared on the blog, BUUUUT, I have always loved a wrap style dress and I’m so excited to finally have one in my pattern arsenal!  In testing, I made two different dress styles, and I’ll be sharing those tomorrow, but for this, I decided to give the top length a try.

I LOVE the wrap front – this is a true wrap, not a faux wrap.  There are multiple sleeve and skirt lengths as well as a tulip skirt option.  (Come back tomorrow to see more!)  For this top, I actually did just a tiny hack and used a tulip skirt for the top layer and a straight hem skirt for the layer that wraps under.  M4M has a blog post about this hack, and you can get details here {you might see a familiar face}!  The top length doesn’t actually come with a tulip option for the skirt, so I just added it in roughly basing it on the curve of the longer skirt options in the pattern.

After I snapped these photos, I threw on my white cotton/lycra Mama Chloe skirt and I have a feeling I will be wearing that combo along with wedge sandals a LOT this summer!  The top length falls just below my booty – though I’m not particularly sassy in that department.  I added an inch in length at the bottom hem of the skirt, because I have a long torso, though I actually probably didn’t need to.  Although – the extra inch probably gives me versatility to wear this with leggings if I chose to.

This Pink Yarrow is a truly lovely color that probably looks beautiful on many different skin tones.  That pink reflects so nicely on my face and I’m sure I’m not the only one!  I love it combined with the white – it felt so fresh and summery to wear.  I think this top paired with shorts, skirts and trousers will be in heavy rotation this summer.

Check back tomorrow for more on the new Mama Isabel from M4M!  Isabel (the adorable girls’  version) and Mama Isabel, will both be on sale until Sunday night for $8.00 each – no need for a coupon code!  There is also, only for this weekend, a Mama Isabel/Isabel bundle available for only $12.00!  (WOW!)

Make sure you check out my fellow tour bloggers on the Sewing by Ti Color Me Lucky blog tour to see how they’ve all been inspired by the Pantone 2017 colors!  We’ve got inspiration for you every weekday for the entire month of March.  I can’t wait to see how others are interpreting this color palette.

Wednesday, March 1st Sewing By Ti, Hazelnut Handmade
2nd Crafty Like a Rox
3rd Sewing By Ti

Monday, March 6th Tenille’s Thread
7th Harper + Lu
8th Creamer and Chaos
9th Sewingly, Michelle
10th Sewing By Ti

Monday, March 13th EYMM
14th Harper + Lu
15th Sprouting Jube Jube
16th Very Blissful
17th Doodle Number 5

Monday, March 20th Ma Moose
21st On Wednesdays We Sew
22nd Robynne and the Bobbin
23rd Crafty Like a Rox
24th Sewing By Ti

Monday, March 27th Rebel and Malice
28th Lulu & Celeste
29th Robynne and the Bobbin
30th Anne-Mari Sews
31st Margarita on the Ross

Will you be incorporating these colors into your life?  Follow me on Facebook and share with me what colors are inspiring you this year!

Date Night February Blog Tour: Double Date!





Sewing by Ti’s monthly blog tour theme for February is Date Night February!  Make sure you check out my fellow tour bloggers this month and their amazing date night inspiration!  I have the list at the end of the post – but don’t miss the coupon code before you leave!


As you know, last week, I shared a very pretty, fancy date, date night dress, the Made for Mermaids Mama Joy in the Sew What do I Wear?  Valentine’s Day Edition blog tour.  This week, for the Date Night February Tour hosted by Sewing by Ti, I will be exploring a more casual date night look.  Big Daddy and I are taking advantage of our fitness center’s “Parent’s Night Out” and joining some friends of ours for a fun dinner.   My plan is for this fun, casual night out look to also work for our Grand Tasting during the day for our Wine Festival Date.  You can read more about that if you missed in my post last week, Husband Approved Date Night.



This week, I chose to sew up a Made for Mermaids Mama Claire.  This 2-way dolman can be worn with the cross over on the front or the back – how cool is that?!  I love that the Mama Claire allows me to adjust the hussification level by deciding where I want to stitch the crossover in place.  Since this is a February Date Night top, I went with full hussified!  Though, obviously, I could wear it with a cami underneath to make it more daytime appropriate.  My fabric is this stunning poly knit from Sew Vagabond Fabric Shop.  My motivation was using one of the full medallions as the back – as I will wear the cross-over in the front for this top.  This knit is not a breeze to work with – it’s all poly, so it is slippery – so slippery!  But, I absolutely love the gorgeous drape and smooth hand, it’s perfect for a date night and dresses up the top enough to be dressed up or down.




















Have you ever ordered from the Sew Vagabond Shop?  I have mentioned this lovely shop many times in my posts lately.  Some other Sew Vagabond examples are my Husband Approved Date Night dress, my entire outfit for Dressing Up when Temps are Down, the pink sweater knit for my dolman from Cozy Clothes, Cool Colors and even the navy french terry from my pj shirt featured in On Mondays, We Wear Pajamas.  Emily, Vagabond in Chief, has amazing, beautiful selections, as well as sometimes running pre-sales for some gorgeous new prints.  They even have a great Rewards Program that earns points that translate to money off your future orders!

How can you argue with this stunning fabric?  And I’m SOOO excited to announce that Emily is offering an exclusive coupon code to my awesome Sewingly, Michelle readers!!   15% off all shop fabrics for 3 days only!  Shop, shop, shop and make make make!  Share your makes on my Facebook page if you like -I would LOVE to see them!  (You can follow the button in my sidebar to go to my Sewingly, Michelle Facebook page!)



If you’re like me, you’re going to love all of the inspiration my fellow bloggers have for you. Be sure to check back all February long to see what patterns work for us!

Wednesday, February 1st: Sewing By Ti
February 2nd: Crafty Like a Rox
February 3rd: Sewing By Ti

Sunday, February 5th: Embrace Everyday
February 6th: Tenille’s Thread
February 7th: Robynne and the Bobbin
February 9th: Sewingly, Michelle
February 10th: Sewing By Ti

Sunday, February 12th: Embrace Every Day
February 13th: A Phoenix Risen
February 14th: Creative Counselor
February 15th: Creamer and Chaos
February 16th: Everything Your Mama Made and More
February 17th: Sewing By Ti
February 18th: Sew Like a Sloth

Sunday, February 19th: Very Blissful
February 20th: Tenille’s Thread
February 21st: Mamoose Handmade
February 22nd: Rebel and Malice
February 23rd: Margarita on the Ross
February 24th: Sewing By Ti
February 25th: On Wednesday We Sew

Sunday, February 26th: The Fairy Dust Bin
February 27th: Sewing By Ti
February 28th: Sew Haute

The coupon code, SEWINGLY15 is good through Sunday night at 11:59 PST!  What, oh what will you buy??