Made for Mermaids Sylvia Dress with Elizabeth of Pins and Pinot

November 24, 2020

Made for Mermaids Sylvia Dress with Elizabeth of Pins and Pinot

I am thrilled to share this dress today - it came together just as perfectly as I’d imagined it in my head. This is the perfect combination of everything I needed for Thanksgiving 2020 - comfortable enough to match the more lowkey tone of our celebrations this year, while cute enough to remind me that it is, indeed, a little different than every other day of the year, despite the fact that it might feel much the same. 

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As a member of the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Promo Team this year, I had the pleasure of picking out a couple of yards of any of their beautiful fabrics to work with this month. This double brushed poly caught my eye right away - I loved the way the colors work so beautifully together, and I’m always in for a good floral. This color palette really spoke to me, especially for cool weather season. Despite the print, I was hesitant to go for it - I have shied away from DBP in the last year or so after using a cut that had almost a microfiber-like effect, where the fabric caught on my skin in a really uncomfortable way. The fabric was somehow simultaneously soft and obnoxious, and it really turned me off to DBP. Earlier this year, though, I sewed Halloween sweatshirts for my family, and decided to use some of the DBP from Raspberry Creek as a coordinate on an area that would not touch my skin. I was so impressed with the quality of the fabric! It had none of the annoying “catching” qualities I’d experience in the past with DBP! Once I realized how soft and wonderful the fabric from Raspberry Creek was, there was no stopping me.

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I used the Made for Mermaids Sylvia pattern for this dress, and the pattern and fabric are a great pairing together. I was able to do much of the construction with my serger. The fabric is drapey enough to sit beautifully as a finished garment, but not so slippery that it was difficult to sew. I was worried that the neckline was going to turn out wonky, as any area that requires a little stretch and a particular shape can do when sewing with fabrics with stretch. As you can see, it turned out quite lovely!

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As I sewed this dress, it started looking weirdly familiar to me. I ended up talking to my Papa (my mom’s dad) about it after he saw an in progress photo that I posted in my Instagram stories, and we realized that he thought the same. This dress must have been born from some memory tucked into the back of my brain. I haven’t tracked down the photo just yet, but he confirmed that I’ve seen a photo of my Mimi (his wife) in a very similar dress back in the 60s! I have always loved seeing photos of how fashionable she was, and it made me so pleased to think I’d recreated something of hers without even trying to.

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I’m so excited to wear this dress for Thanksgiving and beyond - it is as comfortable as pajamas, but obviously much more presentable! (Plus, I was able to squeeze a pair of pants out of my leftovers, so now the little one and I can match!) 


Top: handmade by me

Pattern: Made for Mermaids - Women’s Sylvia Dress

Fabric: Raspberry Creek Fabrics - Rusty Dusty Pink Sage and Mustard Vine Floral Print Double Brushed Poly Knit Fabric, by Kimberly Henrie for Club Fabrics





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