When a skirt is named “Mermaid Maxi” what else can you do? I was helpless to resist! Diva Patterns by Tie Dye Diva has a new skirt pattern out, and it’s just as delightful as the name implies. I was ecstatic to join the blog tour for the Mermaid Maxi Skirt, and I can’t wait to see all the creations this week!
The Mermaid Maxi skirt is a knit skirt with some pretty special details. First there’s the fit and flare mermaid tail shape. Then there’s those pockets. And finally, the pattern is versatile enough that you can make it several times achieving a different look every time.
I sewed a size 4, mermaid tail shaped skirt with ruched pockets. The only change I made was to add 2 inches to the length, one at the knee, and one in the middle of the flare as instructed in the pattern instructions. A straight skirt with a slit in the front can also be made. And there is an option for straight pockets.
This pattern has great thorough instructions, lots of markings, illustrated drawings, and easy to follow directions. Any possible difficult steps in the pattern are noted and extra instructions given if needed. The Pink Pin Tips are especially helpful, and I loved the way the elastic waist is constructed.
The Mermaid Maxi skirt can be made in 14 sizes from 0 (34-35” hips) to 26 (53-55” hips.) In the above photo, I’m attempting to show you how full the bottom of the skirt is! It’s so swishy and fun to twirl, but hard to capture on camera!
As you may have noticed, I pulled out some of the best fabric I’d been saving for just the right occasion. This is knit fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics and is super soft and very good quality. This one is called Line Drawings Bluing designed by the very talented artist Bari J. In the above photo, you can see the detail of the lovely ruching on the pocket, and of course a closeup of that amazing fabric!
Suddenly I have an urge to sew aaaaalllll the swishy maxi skirts and take a trip to the beach and stroll barefoot through the sand. Trail my toes in water. Feel the salt water spray in my hair.
For this special skirt, I had to sew myself a new shirt. Of course I sewed the Union Street Tee by Hey June Patterns. And I treated myself to some chocolate brown dana modal knit fabric. The fabric and the Union Street Tee pattern have the perfect drape and ease to pair with this form fitting maxi skirt. Believe me when I tell you this simple t-shirt is a treat!
You will want to be sure to check out the blog tour introduction post here. There are giveaways for $250 in prizes, and the Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern is on sale! Plus there’s a discount code for fabric so you can sew your own Mermaid Maxi Skirt! Also, be sure to check out the rest of the Mermaid Maxi Skirts all week long! (And if you’re looking for the weekly Me Made May post, I’ll see you here tomorrow…)
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