Made for Mermaids has a way of bringing sexy back. You can see one instance HERE. And they did it again with their latest release: Mama Claire. I don’t think you guys are ready for this one! It’s a dolman style shirt, with a cross-over…and it’s REVERSIBLE. Hello awesome!
As per my usual, I made two different versions of Claire. A girl has to cover all the bases, doesn’t she? The first one I made was during early testing…there were a few tweaks eventually made to the neckband and scoop. This is the short sleeved, short banded version, in a rayon blend. I thought I’d hate this fabric and of course it ended up being one of my favorites. Figures, doesn’t it?
Photographing these were so hysterical. Because first of all, it was crazy cold outside and I was in short sleeves or thin knits. And then also because you have to try and show both ways of wearing it. I was out in my driveway, spinning my top around as quickly as I could go I could get back inside to warm up. The things I do in this weird world of sewing, haha.
Because Claire is a dolman style sleeve, it makes for a super quick sew. Even more so with the short sleeved version,
To be honest, I can’t decide which way I like to wear this top more. Part of me likes the cross-over in front. Because boobs. (Let’s be real, people.) But then I really like it in the back too. I’m not a fan of low cut backs on myself but this is the right level of peekaboo and coverage. And none of my bits were showing that I didn’t want showing. It felt kinda sexy.
Megan even gives a double cross-over hack tutorial on the blog. So if you really want to be wild and crazy….get it girl!
My second Mama Claire was actually made out of a set of Target bedsheets. Yup. You read that correctly! Just after school gets back in, their jersey sheet sets go on sale. It’s a lot of fabric, cute prints, and at a really cheap price for as much as you get. It’s great for practice fabrics, but also for finished items.
This version was the long sleeves with the tall cuff on the waistband. And I’m pretty sure this was the final version. You can tell that my fabrics hang a lot differently from each other. Of course I prefer how the rayon blend fits above, but the jersey doesn’t perform too badly either.
Seriously. These pictures were ridiculous to witness. I’m hoping no one saw. I got stuck in this shirt trying to spin it around and had to pull it all the way off of me. I was just standing in my driveway, in a cami, in 20 degree weather, with my weird braided hairstyle that I thought would be fun but really just looks weird, taking basically a step above cell-phone selfies with a tripod and remote, and making an ass of myself. Thank god I’m already married. I think I’d be a hard sell at this point.
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