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)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
The Wholesome Mama•Skirt Fixation•Amazing Adventures Of Bubba and Bug•Bella Sunshine Designs•From-a-Box
Wild + Wanderful•The Fairy Dust Bin•GYCT Designs•The Kisses Co.•Call Ajaire
Handmade Boy•Mae & K•create3.5•Pear Berry Lane•Sewing Mama RaeAnna
The Inspired Wren•Rebel & Malice•Sew Starly•XO Jessica•Falafel and the Bee
PenSeb&Rox•Knot Sew Normal•Beatnik Kids•Lulu & Celeste•Swoodson Says•Friends Stitched Together
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