Hot! The “Mermaid” Jamies

This was not my original plan for this week or this fabric.  Unfortunately, one of the fabrics I had planned on using in a dress this week did not quite work with my other fabric.  I guess that is just the chance you take ordering on line but I knew when I saw them together that I would never wear a dress with conflicting hues of white (weird I know but we all have our quirks).  I didn’t have time to order more fabric so it was time to come up with a plan B.

That lead me to this fabric.  I originally bought it about 4 years ago with Emily in mind.  She is a little girl and its mermaid fabric what could go wrong right?  Well the mermaids are topless.  Their hair covers their nipples but her daddy was just not cool with that and truth be told neither was I .

So here we are 20 challenges in (19 for me since one of mine was only going to be pictured from inside my sewing room trash can) and I’m taking pictures in my bedroom.  You see I really didn’t want to wear topless mermaids in public either but this is lovely soft fabric and somehow I have almost no summer jamies despite living in an area where summer is long and hot.  These are both Ottobre patterns and are quite comfy.  I wasn’t sure about the top while making it but it has elastic around the top, in the straps, and under the empire waist so it gives the girls enough support to be comfy on its own.  I also did flat fell seams for all of the side seams to make them more comfy to lie around in.

The Facts:

Fabric: 3 yards of Heather Ross Mermaids bought on clearance for $9.00 total

Patterns: Ottobre 5/2011 designs 1 and 2

Notions: lingerie elastic $1.79, other elastic, leftover ribbon from last years bumble bee dress.

First Worn: for pictures

Wear Again: yes

Time To Sew: about 4 hours

Total Cost: about $15.00





Stephanie mother tried to teach her how to sew growing up but she didn't really get serious about it until her 4 year old daughter was born and she wanted to put her in fancy smocked dresses. Since then, she has learned to smock and sew. Her blog and screen name come from the initials of her two children Elijah who is 8 and Emily who is 4.


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  1. Cute pyjamas! You have the opposite problem to me – I don’t own enough winter pyjamas, and own too many summer pyjamas, and live somewhere with not a lot of summer, and far too much winter!

  2. Hi Stephanie, these are so much fun, I love the spark of extra color with the yellow ribbon.

  3. I need jammies, too. Cute stuff!

  4. Cute jammies! I love that print! I have a few pillows for my bed made in brown :)

  5. Awesome job! I’ve only recently learned to look for matching/coordinating prints from the same designer. So nice that you were able to make them work!

  6. cute and useful to boot

  7. Great use of mermaids that are not quite PG. Fun stuff!

  8. I love these fabrics!! I’ve been hoarding them in my stash for years, lol. These are very cute and MUCH nicer than what I wear to sleep!