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  • Nicole Seafolk

Made for Mermaids Mama Nina

Ever get so excited when you see a pattern that you immediately think of about 500 different ways to make it and then conveniently forget about everything else you have to do to make them all all, including things like laundry and eating?? No? Just me? Well then..

Moving on…

Made for Mermaids newest pattern, the Mama Nina, just released and it is actually the pattern I have been waiting for for my entire life! Dramatic I know but that is honestly how I am feeling right now.  I was lucky enough to get to be a tester for this pattern and I have already made a couple different versions, all of which I am IN LOVE WITH!

Mama Nina is a raglan style swing top, tunic, dress that is a super quick, simple sew that will be flattering on nearly any body type (I know what you’re thinking, “not for me a swing dress hanging off my chest is going to make me look like a tent” but trust me I have gigantic knockers and it STILL WORKS!). With multiple sleeve lengths and and hemlines (including the high-low of the dress!) there are literally so many options for this pattern.

My first Nina was a short sleeve top version made out of two beautiful So Sew English fabrics that showed up on my door step last week (I may or may not have forgotten that I placed an order for them because I am literally just awful like that… oops!) I have a serious lack of short sleeve, summery tops in my wardrobe and this ended up beingthe perfect top to start filling in those gaps.

Paired with some white jeans this is a perfect go to outfit for my casual office work setting and with some white shorts its perfect for everyday life.

Then I attempted to recreate my FAVORITE black RTW dress that has a swing-type body with super tight sleeves that hits right above the knee. I wear this dress at least once a week in the fall in winter because it is so perfect for dressing both up and down and is so ridiculously comfortable. The original dress has inset seams instead of raglan, however, but honestly I like raglan sleeves better so Nina it was!

For this version I made the tunic length option (forever #blessed for being short and being able to get away with tunics as dressed!) with long sleeves that I tightened by about 1/4 of an inch all of the way through and it is perfection! This dress was made out of mauve DBP from Knitpop, and I already want to make so many more of these dresses! It is the perfect wardrobe staple for fall/winter!

Pattern: Mama Nina

Size Made: straight yellow

Documentaries watched while sewing: Just one episode of Gossip Girl! (I cheated on my beloved documentaries I know… I’m sorry!)

Fabric: Double Brushed Polyester

Will I make it again?: Abso-tivi-lutely!

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