Whew! It’s been a hot minute since I tested a pattern or shared anything here on my blog. Honestly, 2020 was a rough year for many including myself. I didn’t get much sewing done due to depression/anxiety and some health struggles. But now I’m back with this fun make from the newest Made for Mermaids Eloise sewing pattern!

The Life Challenges of Testing Eloise

This was an unusual pattern test for me. Usually, there are at least two versions of a garment I sew for a pattern test. The first tests for fit, issues with construction, and any errors in the instructions. The second is the final with any changes based on tester feedback.

This time, I only sewed one version because there were, literally, no changes that needed made. It also fell, unexpectedly, in the middle of some hard personal stuff for me. I signed up for the test, sewed the first version, and it felt like life turned upside down with family stuff. So even though I wanted to make more versions (and believe me, I will be sewing more of these!) I just couldn’t swing it. We also only had five minutes for photos in the freezing cold with a 3.5-year-old who loves to move! My girl has my heart! I can’t believe how much she’s grown since the last pattern I tested with her!

Eloise: A fun, flattering dress or top!

I had just enough of this dino fabric left from a previous project to squeeze out the bodice. I LOVE it paired with the yellow!

The Eloise Top & Dress comes in baby, girls, and women’s sizing. Eloise comes with dress (circle skirt), peplum, and top options. You can choose between short, flutter and 3/4 length sleeves. The baby version includes a bodysuit option. Eloise is designed for medium-weight knits with good recovery.

The Good, The Bad, & The Mom Brain

Eloise is a fun sew and it’s pretty simple too. In spite of that, I made several mistakes (my error … mom brain anyone? … not the pattern’s fault). The skirt on my version is super crooked and is off-grain. I wasn’t as careful cutting it out as I should have been. I didn’t pay enough attention to the way I sewed it on. I should have put new needles in my serger because now the yellow fabric has some serious holes along the seams. If you look carefully, you can see them in the photo above where the skirt meets the bodice.

Don’t be like me. Learn from my mistakes. 😄

This dress is toddler approved and tested for running, playing, and spinning!

Those sleeves are seriously the cutest!

Here you can see the extent of my crooked skirt hem. **facepalm**

We’ll just call that a design decision. 😂

Seriously though, I love this dress and will be making more! I need to make the top version too. It’s easy, spinning and dance approved, and all-around, super cute! Check out the pattern bundle from Made for Mermaids here.

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