We’re thrilled to be part of the the Let’s Be Mermaids Blog Tour! Riley Blake Designs’ Let’s Be Mermaids line is what my little girl’s dreams are made of. I think the fabric is precious too, but she could not wait for it to be sewn up into something just for her.
She loves all things pink and mermaid, so I knew right away that the Let’s Be Mermaids Scallops Pink Sparkle fabric would be perfect for her. I chose our Sutton pattern to showcase the scales, mostly because of Sutton’s twirl factor. We’ve been doing a LOT of twirling lately, haha!
The gold detailing in the scallops is so pretty, and the pinks used is such a fun way to be a less obvious mermaid.
I wanted to use contrasting prints, but similar colors, for the bodice portion of the Sutton dress. Let’s Be Mermaids Tiny Bubbles Pink was a great way to mix patterns without being too visually overwhelming.
I wanted to include a little bit of the scallops fabric in the bodice, so I added fun little knot details over the metal snaps I used. You could use a modified Trixie, but I just free-hand cut a few scrap pieces to create the knots. They are stitched down to the bodice on either side of the metal snaps. I also used the scallops for the sleeve binding. I love the way it came together!
She was REALLY hoping to make it to the beach for the pictures, since I used Let’s Be Mermaids Main Mint to make an adorable Barnacle Buddy Bag just for collecting seashells. Unfortunately, our little part of the coast is still recovering from Hurricane Florence, so many of our beaches are still closed. Not to worry; the sweet little bag was still perfect for collecting her small dolls, cars, various leaves that worked as pretend seashells, and, of course, some snacks for her adventures outside.
I lined the bag with more of the Tiny Bubbles fabric, and added one more little decorative knot in the Scallops fabric, to coordinate with her dress. She loves the sweet little mermaids on the Main Mint fabric so much.
I know she won’t stay little forever, so I love fabrics like the Let’s Be Mermaids line from Riley Blake Designs that help me celebrate and cherish these fleeting years. Someday she’ll be grown, but for now, we can just be mermaids, twirling in our backyard.
Be sure to check out Riley Blake Designs on Instagram, and follow their blog, to see what others are sewing up with their Let’s Be Mermaids fabric!