Monday, May 23, 2016

I'm Really a Mermaid: Sewing Project

    Secret confession time: when I was a little girl and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I always gave the standard replies of nurse or teacher or astronaut, but the only thing I ever reeeeeeeaaaaally wanted to be was a mermaid.  We were landlocked so, instead of collecting shells on the beach, I scoured flea markets for wicker furniture and shell covered boxes.  One magical summer, my mom made blue mermaid tails, one for me and two extras for when friends came over to play in our wading pool.  For the next few years, until we outgrew them, we spent countless hours splashing in our wading pool while wearing those mermaid tails.  
    Even after the sad realization that "mermaid" wasn't a feasible career goal, I still love mermaids and all things nautical.  Making a dress, or anything really from this fabric by Heather Ross, has been a goal of mine ever since I first saw it.  This was by far the most complex sewing project I've taken on and I tackled it without hands-on help from hubby, although he did still help me muddle through confusing directions more than once.  I didn't do a perfect job on this dress; I know I say this every time, but only because it's still true.  However, I can really tell that I'm improving each time, gaining more confidence, and I'm looking forward to completing my second dress with this pattern.

I love these mermaid treasures!  Blue Mermaid Necklace from ForTheCrossJewelry & Star Fish Hair Clips on

Shop the Look:
Dress Pattern Simplicity Pattern 1873 Cynthia Rowley
Heather Ross Mendocino Mermaids Blush
Seashell Purse
Heels from ModCloth

1 comment

  1. That fabric is amazing! You make me want to up my sewing game!


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