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Love of Mermaids

Mermaid musings by Skirt Fixation

Once I sat upon a promontory,

And heard a mermaid on a dolphin’s back

Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath

That the rude sea grew civil at her song,

And certain stars shot madly from their spheres,

To hear the sea-maid’s music?

-Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream excerpt)

Mermaid musings by Skirt Fixation

You might not think a mother and a mermaid have much in common.  A mermaid is a mythical creature and a mother is a creature so common everyone has one.  However, I think there is a little mermaid in each mother.  A mother is not floating along in a boat on the seas of life, she is swimming in the water.  She is tossed by the waves but does not sink.  Her children are in the boat and she is guiding it.  Her song can coax the seas into gently rocking the boat, lulling her children to sleep.  She stays afloat for her family.

Mermaid musings by Skirt Fixation

Today is my stop on the Love Of Legends blog tour.  All the previous stops have showcased children’s clothing, but a mermaid can do what she wants, right?  Even a mermaid mother needs clothing while on land, so I sewed myself some summer clothes.  Of course they had to be mermaid worthy.

Mermaid musings by Skirt Fixation

I refashioned 2 skirts (using my tutorial found here) into a mermaid shape skirt.  A mermaid mother needs comfort and flexibility, and a mermaid skirt does that while keeping her stylish too.

Mermaid musings by Skirt Fixation

While on land, a mermaid mother needs to be covered in more than seashells on top, so I sewed up a Seafarer Top and a Sailor Top.  The Seafarer Top is a pattern by Sew Much Ado.  I used Art Gallery Fleet & Flourish Jersey Knit Swifting Flora Fond Fabric (affiliate link) designed by Maureen Craknell.  This shirt is so very comfortable a mermaid might even wear it after she had returned to the sea!

Mermaid musings by Skirt Fixation

The Sailor Top pattern is by Fancy Tiger.  I used fabric designed by Liesl Gibson for Moda called Ladies Stitching Club.  I purchased it from Urban Sew a while back, and now it’s sold out.  She does have quite a bit of Liesl’s new line of fabric, but I digress.

Mermaid musings by Skirt Fixation

Since I didn’t make a muslin (sorry Becca!) I had quite a bit of trouble with this top.  It turned out way too tight across the shoulders.  I know I have very broad shoulders, but thought it would be okay with the raglan sleeves.  Lesson learned.  I made this one work by taking apart all the seams and resewing them at 1/4” instead of 5/8”.  Next time I will use a bigger sleeve size, and of course, muslin it first!

Mermaid musings by Skirt Fixation

I must give full credit to Mr. Skirt Fixation for the lovely photography.  I begged him to photograph these garments for me because I’m so tired of feeling awkward in front of the camera and he makes me feel gorgeous; like a mermaid!  He told me just to forget I was being photographed and turned off the sound on the iPhone so I didn’t know when he was taking pictures.

Mermaid musings by Skirt Fixation

Alright, enough!  Please visit the other stops on the Love of Legends blog tour and enter the giveaways too.  Thanks to Phat Quarters and Crafting Con for hosting this tour.


For the Love of Legends Blog Tour hosted by CraftingCon and Phat Quarters
The Wholesome MamaSkirt FixationAmazing Adventures Of Bubba and BugBella Sunshine DesignsFrom-a-Box
Wild + WanderfulThe Fairy Dust BinGYCT DesignsThe Kisses Co.Call Ajaire
Handmade BoyMae & Kcreate3.5Pear Berry LaneSewing Mama RaeAnna
The Inspired WrenRebel & MaliceSew StarlyXO JessicaFalafel and the Bee
PenSeb&RoxKnot Sew NormalBeatnik KidsLulu & CelesteSwoodson SaysFriends Stitched Together

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8 thoughts on “Love of Mermaids

  1. I love it all!

  2. I love you and your sews 🙂 And Shakespeare. And muslins 😉

  3. I’m loving the mermaid inspired skirt and both the tops. I keep meaning to get the sailor top pattern for myself. Your version is great!

  4. I love that you did this for YOU! Beautifully done, and I love how you made the connection between Mothers and mermaids:)

  5. […] I made my first Sailor Top pattern (by Fancy Tiger) I mentioned I had a few fit issues.  But once I got those worked out, this became a tried and true pattern for […]

  6. […] my favorite because they both are!  Oh, and if this fabric looks familiar, it’s because I’ve made myself a knit top from the lighter […]

  7. […] really like this shirt pattern!!! It’s the Seafarer pattern by Sew Much Ado.  Mom made herself one and when I tried hers on, I knew I wanted to make myself one.  Such a quick, easy sew!  It took […]

  8. […] Thursday May 12: Union St. Tee blogged here and refashioned mermaid skirt blogged here. […]

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