There ended up being three dresses in my Fall Mini Capsule. There’s a Mama Isabel, Favorite Tee Dress, and the new Mama Nina.
- Pattern: Mama Isabel from Made for Mermaids
- Size: Green
- Modifications: None (not even for height!)
- Options: One tulip, one straight skirt. Long sleeves.
- Fabric: Floral Scuba from Fabricmart
The moment I saw this fabric on Fabricmart, I knew I needed it. It was on a fantastic sale (of course it was) and the only problem I had was how many yards to get! I decided on 7, a ridiculously large number – so that I could 1: take advantage of the flat-rate shipping, and 2: share the leftovers from whatever I made with my friends. I ended up with roughly 5.5 yards, as they had sold too much of it. This was still a huge amount of one fabric, so I really wasn’t worried. I knew it was going to be something big, and Mama Isabel was it.
I have made a couple of Mama Isabels that I haven’t shared here yet. The fit or fabric was meh, and the dress-length tulip hem was very…revealing. I knew I would want to size up for this one, as the fabric pattern would be affected by the stretch across my bust. I also wanted it to be more comfortable and have a little less cleavage showing. I think this fit the bill.
I could wear a tank under it if needed, or some sort of modesty panel. But I really do think it is also fine as is.
The one-tulip-skirt feature is really nice. It means I can have a little leg showing if I want, but not have to worry about flashing people. The coverage is great.
Overall, I really like this pattern. I like it better in the thicker fabrics like this scuba, but I bet it would work really nicely with a non-clingy lightweight knit. My first try was with rayon spandex and it was just way too clingy for my liking.
Favorite Tee Dress:
- Pattern: Favorite Tee from Patterns for Pirates
- Size: XL
- Modifications: Straight hem, no split.
- Options: Scoop neck, 3/4 sleeves.
- Fabric: Purple jersey of unknown origin
I wanted to make a Favorite Tee since Judy’s preview on IG. I was hesitant about doing so though, because the hem options were all pretty but not super me. The split hem is like a butt flap to me, and curved hems frequently seem the same. I did like the look of the knot banded hem, but after reading the instructions for it, I knew that wasn’t going to happen soon (need more wins under my belt). I do, however, like it with just a straight hem. To achieve this look, I started at the curved dress length marking on the fold, and just extended it out. I followed the line of the side seam down and basically just guesstimated.
As much as I wanted to do a v-neck, I remember the hours it took me to do the one on Mama Ava and decided that the scoop would look better in dress form. One day, I will conquer the v-neck and then all the v-necks will be MINE! **evil laugh**
I know the picture quality is iffy but I really love how this looks with a small knot on the side seam. I pulled up a 4-5″ tail starting at the side seam hem and made a simple knot, tucking in the end. It’s kinda like a bodycon dress but with a little forgiveness.
I’m really pleased with the length, especially since I mostly guessed at how it’d turn out with the straight hem. It works well with my new Carefree Cardigan, which will be nice when it starts to get chilly out.
- Pattern: Mama Nina from Made for Mermaids
- Size: Green
- Modifications: None
- Options: High-low dress length, short sleeves.
- Fabric: Black Viscose Jersey from Sly Fox Fabrics
What is not to love about a raglan sleeved swing dress with a high-low hem? I mean, come on. It’s like I was being pandered to with the release of this pattern. It’s exactly what I was looking for without having to mash together a bunch of other patterns! 😍 I foresee myself making a bunch more of these, so much so that I already have the next one planned, fabric and all.
This was the pattern construction / fit / look that I have been waiting for. It was simple and quick. It looks good. It is a major, major confidence builder and exactly what I needed after the Sunshine failure of yesterday.
This dress is very forgiving! I used a fairly lightweight knit – viscose jersey – and it hangs beautifully. This fabric is seriously awesome. It’s very, very soft and lent itself to hemming very nicely. I have another item in the capsule out of it (Essential Tank) and unfortunately Nina took almost all the rest. I might have to just buy more, oh DARN.
Even with the lack of contrast, I think you can tell that this dress also pairs very nicely with the Carefree Cardigan!
With a total of four items (these dresses and the Carefree Cardigan), I have made five outfits so far. Nina will also go far outfit wise, in fall, when I get to wear all sorts of patterned leggings under it. I’d also like to note that I made Nina earlier today and it was the last thing that I modeled for my pictures. And I have yet to take it off. I may never take it off. I really, really, really, really like it you guys. Sewing WIN!