Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Work in Progress: Mermaid Bandeau Top

This has been the coldest winter in a long time for us down in south Mississippi, and I think it has been the same for the rest of the country. Winters here are relatively mild, but it actually snowed and stuck to the ground! I mean, we're not talking enough to even make a puny little snowman, but still, I feel like we deserve a medal. I know many people up north love to hear us complain about the cold and snow because you guys deal with it on a much larger scale, but flip the seasons around and imagine living through a summer of our heat with all the mosquitos and bugs. There'd be some talk too about it, and we'd be like, "Honey, bless your heart, but lemme tell ya somethin'..."

I was working on the bandeau from the Mermaid Princess Inspired Purple and Teal Outfit, and it definitely made me pine a little for warmer weather. I was literally huddled under three layers of clothing while sewing this together, thinking it would be so nice to sit on the beach and soak up some sun. I am not a tanner, I don't just sit out in the sun, but imagining the warmth of the sun on my face helped me get through the outfit with cold fingers. (I also had a furry helper whose tail you can see peeking out from the bottom right of the picture.) 

This top has a lot to it with multiple gatherings and a dramatic bow at the back, but it is all so worth it. I love the way it comes together when everything is sewn up, and I can drape it on the mannequin and giggle at the whimsical girliness of it. I think it's the perfect example of mermaid style without revealing too much. I want my clothing to be proper and decent but still allow the little papoose wearing it to feel like a kid who can express herself and entertain her imagination!


  1. Can't wait to see it when it is finished.... and yes, it is making me wish for warmer weather here too!!

  2. How cute! I love how you want your clothing to still look decent. Can't wait to see the final result :)

  3. Cute, I'd love to see the end result. By the way, is that a tomato shaped pincushion?

    1. Yes, it is. It was my mom's when she used to sew, I actually have two of them so they're authentic vintage!