Made For Mermaids Mama Isabel8:00 AM
Being sick and caring for sick kids (and husband!) meant I was SO behind on my back log of projects! Today I've got the Made For Mermai...
Being sick and caring for sick kids (and husband!) meant I was SO behind on my back log of projects! Today I've got the Made For Mermaids Mama Isabel.
The Isabel is a true wrap with a-line skirt. I have to admit, I love crossover bodices. But I don't love true wraps because you waste so much fabric making 2 front skirts! So, I'll probably sew all of my Isabels with a faux wrap. Plus, there's fewer wardrobe malfunctions that way. 😉
I started out the Isabel, hoping to make zero vertical adjustments. I know, foolishness. It actually turned out half way decent! I blended out the bodice from the Blue Shoulder to the Indigo full bust and then simply followed the Indigo straight to the end of the pattern piece. This actually worked out ok (just not great). I did use a blue back skirt and an indigo front skirt. This was perfect as it accommodated my larger than drafted waist. That said, who am I to think that I know better than my vertical proportions, LOL? That should have been my first sign that I was getting sick. Attempting to avoid adjustments never turns out well.
I did end up adding extra coverage to the top of the cross over, which would not have been needed at all if I had just removed the 1/2" above the bust like I normally do. 🤦 If anyone can tell me WHY I made this harder for myself, I'd love to know.
I do NOT like the length of the short sleeves. But I never like the length of anyone's short sleeves. These cut straight across my bicep, which is also exactly where my bust is. That makes my bust and shoulders both look wider. I'll end up redoing these sleeves to be a nice short and tight cap sleeve instead. That might make my deltoids look bigger, but I'd rather have big strong arms than an even bigger bust.
Without any length adjustments, the mini length turned out ok (I took a 1" hem instead of 1/2" per the pattern). I don't think the mini length would be a good length for me once I remove 1 1/2" from the whole bodice.
Overall it is completely wearable, and I look forward to redoing this pattern with proper adjustments. I know with proper adjustments it is going to be awesome. I'll be sure to come back and share that with you when it is done.