Hey, Sewists! I have something super fun to share today. Have you heard of Tie Dye Diva Patterns? I hadn’t until recently, and I can tell you I am impressed with Jen and her patterns. The newest release is the Mermaid Maxi and I volunteered to stitch it up and share. This style is one that my wardrobe had sadly been lacking. I jumped on adding it to my overly stuffed closet.
To get some details out of the way first, the Mermaid Maxi pattern comes in two different styles (straight or flared) with two different pocket options (flat or ruched). I went for the flared skirt with the flat pockets. Look at that flare. It is to die for! Talk about accentuating my curves.
Sizing goes from 0-26 and I made a 20 hip graded to a 24 waist. I probably could have just graded the waist to a 22 and it would have been a bit better of a fit since it has an enclosed elastic waistband and my fabric is so stretchy. As it stands it is a smidge loose in the waist but still totally wearable. Can I once again point out the curves happening here!?! Look at my behind! This is probably one of the few times I will ever try to direct your attention so blatantly to that area! haha
For this skirt, I used a Liverpool knit from Cali Fabrics, my other great love (ssh, don’t tell my husband). This was my first time sewing Liverpool and I have to say I like it. I was a little unsure at first how much I would like it since it is super textured. It kinda reminded me of those shirts that were popular in the 90’s that were really tiny like a doll shirt and stretched out to fit everyone. Apparently, it is called a Popcorn Shirt. Who knew? Anyways, I know that Liverpool is nowhere near that crazy shirt and I am glad I gave it a shot. It sews up so easily. The best part is that the fabric doesn’t fray so I didn’t have to serge anything. I was able to press all my seams open flat beautifully. I also used the new Coats & Clark Eloflex thread to help give the seams a bit more movement.
Overall, I am pretty pleased with the skirt. The directions were written clearly and easy to follow. I opted to style it for these photos with a t-shirt, a me made vest, and some flat sandals to make it more casual. I can easily see wearing this skirt with a dressier blouse and different shoes for date night though. Even making the skirt in a more special occasion knit like a stretch velvet for a holiday party would be cool. This really is a versatile skirt style.
Check out some of the other stops on this weeks blog tour and enter Jen’s giveaway on her blog to celebrate! Also pick up this pattern right now for 20% off. I promise you won’t be disappointed.