Saturday, November 14, 2015

Sewing Pattern Testing- Made for Mermaids- Brooklyn Dress

Posted by Heather at Saturday, November 14, 2015

Have I got a treat for you, today! Today, I'm going to be spotlighting Made for Mermaids' newest PDF sewing pattern, the Brooklyn Dress and Maxi!

Made for Mermaids Brooklyn Dress and Maxi features a soft, knit bodice and either knit or woven skirt. This dress included several sleeve options, skirt length options and lots of room for creativity! Sew much fun!

Here are some Made for Mermaids Brooklyn Dress and Maxi PDF sewing pattern basics to get you started:
-Made for Mermaids Brooklyn Dress and Maxi is sized for girls 1/2-14y.
-Made for Mermaids Brooklyn Dress and Maxi PDF sewing pattern includes a sizing chart, fabric requirement chart, cutting chart and printing chart (slide 15). 
-Made for Mermaids Brooklyn Dress and Maxi includes one of my personal favorite features- trimless, layered pattern pieces! (ie, just print the size you need, and no trimming involved- yay!)
-Made for Mermaids Brooklyn Dress and Maxi PDF sewing pattern includes two skirt lengths- dress or maxi.

-Made for Mermaids Brooklyn Dress and Maxi  PDF sewing pattern includes three sleeve length 
options- short, mid and long.

-Made for Mermaids Brooklyn Dress and Maxi PDF sewing pattern includes pattern pieces for optional shoulder flutter and pocket.
-Made for Mermaids Brooklyn Dress and Maxi bodice can either be fully lined, OR just face lined.

Made for Mermaids Brooklyn Dress and Maxi- Neckline/Sleeve Detail

-Made for Mermaids Brooklyn Dress and Maxi PDF sewing pattern features step-by-step instructions with color photographs and simple arrows and lines to guide the sewer along.

Since the Made for Mermaids Brooklyn Dress and Maxi has zero ease in the bodice (ie, meaning, meant to be close-fitting) I sewed up a size five width, size six length, long-sleeve, dress length Brooklyn Dress. I did not include a pocket or optional flutters for my test dress. Also, I face-lined the bodice for all of the dresses pictured. Woven fabric for my test dress (orange, Thanksgiving dress) was purchase from locally from Hancock Fabrics and the orange knit was purchased from online from Purpleseamstress Fabrics.

This dress is a dream to sew up! So, sew easy and quick to accomplish! I love that you can use a mixture of wovens and knits. If you do not use any of the optional pattern piece (pocket, flutters), the Made for Mermaids Brooklyn Dress and Maxi can be sewn up in less than two hours (print to finished hem). My daughter loves the comfy knit top and love that knit doesn't have to be ironed!

I also really like that the Made for Mermaids Brooklyn Dress and Maxi has various options to make the dress your own, unique creation! Pockets! Flutters! Sleeves! Hem length! The Made for Mermaids Brooklyn Dress and Maxi can be dressed up with fancy fabrics or dressed down for the perfect everyday play dress in comfy cotton knits.

It's no secret that I love Made for Mermaids PDF sewing patterns!! The Brooklyn Dress and Maxi is no exception- the tutorial is easy to read, the pattern pieces are simple to put together and print (no trim edges and layered pattern pieces!!). Sizing was spot-on and the fit was comfortable and flattering.

I loved the Made for Mermaids Brooklyn Dress and Maxi pattern so much that I just had to make more... lots more... the true hallmark of a really great pattern (in my humble opinion), is the fact that I keep coming back to it over and over again...!

First, the Made for Mermaids Brooklyn Dress and Maxi PDF sewing pattern has a matching Dolly Brooklyn Dress and Maxi available for purchase, separately. Lil' Miss LOVES her matching dolly dresses for her dolly pal, Samantha. I mean, Samantha just had to have a matching dress....!

Next, I've been hoarding saving this adorable Fancy Nancy rib knit from Purpleseamstress Fabrics for awhile, now. I was waiting for just the right dress to showcase it and the Brooklyn Dress and Maxi is just perfect for creating a comfy, fun, frilly dress that even Nancy, herself, would deem, "tres chic!" For the Fancy Nancy Brooklyn Dress and Maxi, I sewed up a size five bodice, six length dress, 3/4 sleeve length, optional shoulder frills (because Fancy Nancy would definitely want frills!) and optional pockets. I also sewed up coordinating, pink Made for Mermaids Bonny Leggings using the bow cuff tutorial found here.

Last, but certainly not least, I sewed up a Dolly and Me Brooklyn Dress and Maxi/Riley Dress mash-up. I used the bodice/sleeves of the Brooklyn and the circle skirt of the Riley. I sewed up a size five bodice width, size seven skirt length, 3/4 sleeve. Floral, navy Riley Blake knit fabric was purchase directly from the lovely Made for Mermaids Fabric Shop. The solid aqua knit used for the coordinating Bonny Leggings was purchased online from Purpleseamstress Fabrics.

Because of the Riley Dress full circle skirt, it has TWIRL factor!! Twirl, baby, twirl!! Also, I slightly modified the last Brooklyn Dress and Maxi/Riley Dress by using the bow cuff tutorial found here for the sleeve hem bands. Such a great, twirly, fun dress!!! 

So, whatever option you sew up, whatever combination you choose, you can't loose with the lovely Made for Mermaids Brooklyn Dress and Maxi! Have fun and happy sewing!

***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern in order to review this pattern for Made for Mermaids. The opinions expressed here are my own."***


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