Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sewing Pattern Testing- Made for Mermaids- Sophie Dress

Posted by Heather at Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The Sophie Dress and a little Sass. ;-)

The Sophie Dress- Full Skirt

The Sophie Dress- Zipper enclosure and bow.

2nd Sophie Dress- Front.

2nd Sophie Dress- Bodice Detail.

2nd Sophie Dress- Zipper Enclosure and Bow.

I recently had the pleasure of testing out Made for Mermaids newest PDF sewing pattern, the Sophie Dress. It is the perfect dress for cooler months!

Here is some information about the Sophie Dress PDF Sewing Pattern by Made for Mermaids;

-Comes in sizes 1/2-14 (that's a HUGE range- so much bang for your buck because you can literally use this pattern from itty bitty all the way up to preteen!).
-This pattern features a square neckline and a center panel perfect for embroidery, monograms, etc.
-Choice of 3/4 sleeves of long sleeves.
-Button or zipper enclosure.
-2 different skirt lengths.
-2 different skirt widths- WOF (width of fabric), a less full option. I personally went with WOF for both.
-Sash ties help cinch in the waist and make the dress easier to wear for an extended period of time.

Directions were clear and easy to follow. After branching out, recently, to use other designers' PDF sewing patterns, it's always nice to come back to a Made for Mermaids pattern. It's truly like coming home to an old friend. Steps were chronological and easy to understand. Step A flowed nicely into step b and on and on.

During the testing process, some tweaks were made to the pattern (I love that Megan really listens to her testers and takes into account their suggestions to make her pattern even better!) and the dress fits like a dream! The bodice is fitted, so be sure to go by the measurement chart in order to find the perfect size for her pint-sized model. Since I forgot to add ric-rac to my first dress, I made sure to add it to my second dress (Don't worry- there is a note in the pattern reminding you to add your trim! How thoughtful and super helpful!).

I ended up breaking into my Michael Miller Wee Wander fabric that I've been hoarding saving for just such a dress. I couldn't be happier with the results! The Sophie Dress is perfect for showcasing border prints!

My biggest accomplishment with these dresses is the fact that I sewed a zipper for both of them (yes, I made two of them, already and I have another one already in the works!). In the past, I've shied away from patterns that included zippers. They seemed scary and I never really had much luck with them looking "professional" and "neat." I forced myself to use the zipper back so that I could practice sewing a zipper. Simple, clear and easy to follow directions on how to sew a zipper are included in the tutorial of the Sophie Dress. Two zippers down and now I'm ready for more!

Thank you, Megan, for another opportunity to test patterns for you! I enjoyed myself and I'm sure I'll be making the Sophie Dress again! 

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


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