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Spring Capsule Challenge: 5/9 Made For Mermaids Mama Ava Top

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I need well fitting basics. This is the first Made for mermaids pattern I've sewn. I picked it up for the hemline mostly. It closely resembles a ready-to-wear shirt I love. I had purchased this slinky, what I think is double-brushed polyester, from fabric mart and think it worked really well. I love this mauve pink color, and much prefer it to traditional "nudes" when it comes to clothing and my lipstick choices. I didn't make any adjustments to the pattern. I made the tunic version as it’s drafted for someone who is 5’5” and I have a long torso- so it worked out to be the correct shirt length for me. I chose the size according to my high bust adjustment, most tee shirts I have a decent amount of negative ease on the bust, and that’s the way I like to wear them. I find that for knits I normally don’t need a full bust adjustment, versus wovens where I need them nearly every time.

The construction process was very straightforward. If you’ve ever sewn with knits before it’s all very basic sewing. There’s a neckband insertion and the shirt and sleeves are hemmed using a twin needle (or a cover stitch machine if you're a fancy unicorn of a sewist whom I'm immensely jealous of). The hardest part would be the neckband, but as long as you use enough wonder clips it goes in really easily.  I really like the pattern’s fit. I think the curved hemline is flattering for those of us who want butt and tummy coverage, but don’t necessarily want to wear straight hemmed tunics all the time. I really like the deep scooped neckline. It’s not too deep either, and I can wear my of my bras with it no problem. I’d love to try the v-neck version. I don’t think I need to adjust the fit at all, maybe a tiny swayback adjustment, but that’s it. It’d be fun to hack into a dress as well. This pattern is an awesome wardrobe builder and is very quick to make. I imagine I’ll be making quite a few more for the summer days ahead.

Do you guys have any Mermaid pattern suggestions? 

♥ Paige

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