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Pattern Review: Made for Mermaids Brenda

New Year, new favorite pattern. For me at least.

Over the last few weeks I have simply fallen in love the the Women’s Brenda top pattern from Made for Mermaids. When this pattern first released I had passed it up because I thought I had too many other patterns like it and I didn’t know if I would actually get any wear out of the tops I made from the pattern. turns out I was dead wrong.

I picked it up during their last sale of 2019 in an effort to copy I top a Buffalo plaid version that kept popping up in their Facebook group over the last few months. I had just gotten my hands on some sweater knit from Miley Mae Fabrics and it took me no time at all to get to work.

For pattern features, I used the fitted sleeve, button from, and curved hem options. I also I’d my standard Made for Mermaids adjustments (shorten sleeves 1.5 inches, sway back).

Luckily I had nearly two weeks off of work over the holidays to sew as much as I wanted and I ended up making not only one but two Brenda tops from the sweater knit! The second one used a very pretty mauve neutral color knit that I have quickly become obsessed with and I kick myself everyday that I didn’t buy more..

The second variation was exactly the same as the first I sewed as far as pattern features go and this one is my new go-to sweater! I can dress it up for work or a night out (and it shows off the cleavage reeeaaalll good!) but also wear it casually with leggings since it’s curved hem backing covers the booty perfectly.

One of my favorite things about this pattern is the fact that the button placket is faux, giving you all of the look of a button down top but with none of the annoying-ness of having to do actual button holes or having any pulling from the buttons if you are larger chested like I am!

Have you given that pattern a go yet? If so let me know down below so we can share all the pattern love!

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