Thursday, May 24, 2018

An Easy-to-Sew Mermaid Maxi from Tie Dye Diva

One hour + knit fabric + Mermaid Maxi pattern = A fabulous maxi skirt!
Last weekend I found myself with an extra hour on hand. (What a blessing that was! Does anyone else find their life over scheduled at times?!?)  Of course I filled that time with sewing, and was able to cut out and sew this maxi skirt in just over an hour.

The pattern is the Mermaid Maxi  and it includes a slim, straight view (the one I sewed) as well as a "Mermaid" flared view, with options of gathered pockets, flat pockets, or no pockets at all. The pattern comes in 14 sizes to fit 34" to 55" hips.
 I especially like that this skirt has front and side panels as I think it makes for a very flattering skirt. I choose to sew the straight maxi with the side front walking slit and gathered pockets.
I love this fabric!  It's a double brushed knit I purchased from Sly Fox Fabrics.  It feels wonderful, drapes beautifully, and was a dream to sew.  Unfortunately I forgot how difficult black fabric is to photograph. 

It fits nicely in the back (where I carry much of my excess weight, especially in my high hip area).
 Here's a better shot of the gathered pocket. And yes that is my puppy pictured on my iPhone peeking out of the pocket :-) 

It's important to make sure you mark all of the pattern markings on your fabric!  The first time I sewed this skirt I stitched the pockets on wrong because I hadn't been careful enough with my markings. You can be sure I double checked this time around that the pockets were sewn on correctly.
The skirt can be sewn in about an hour. Of course that will depend on your own sewing ability.  I found the instructions to be well written, and the elastic application results in a nice clean edge with no casing.

My serger is out of commission at the moment, so I stitched all of my seams on my regular machine using a very narrow zigzag stitch.  I ran out of Coats and Clark Eloflex thread or I would have used that.
The skirt can easily be worn dressed up or down depending on top, shoes and accessories.   I can see myself sewing another half dozen of these (including the "swishy" Mermaid version!) as they'll be perfect for wearing with a tee and sandals when running errands this summer.

The pattern is 20% off this week (Here:

Jen also has a giveaway on her blog this week (where you could win  $250 in prizes) (Here:

In addition, Simply By Ti is offering readers 20% off at with code MERMAIDTOUR at checkout (good through May 28).

Be sure to check out the other stops on the blog tour as you'll see how great the skirt looks on everyone!

Monday, May 21

Tie Dye Diva Patterns - Mermaid Maxi Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Skirt Fixation - Mermaid Maxi Skirt Review
Wednesday, May 23

Sew Altered Style - Mermaid Maxi Blog Tour

sewsewilse - Mermaid Maxi Skirt Blog Tour

Chook n Duck
Thursday, May 24

Penny Sew Vintage - Mermaid Maxi Blog Tour

TipStitched - Mermaid Maxi TDD Blog Tour

Sharon Sews
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  1. What a wonderful skirt for summer! Love those pockets.

    1. Thanks! I can’t wait to sew more. The pockets are the perfect size too as I can tuck what I need inside and forgo the purse.

  2. Great summer skirt, I like the different options you can get by mixing up the details.



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