Thursday, January 10, 2019

"Let's Be Mermaids!" Jumpsuit and Dress-up Purse.

Little Miss loves for me to sew for and with her. Lately, she has gotten very vocal about what she does, and does not want me to make. I used to be able to make something for her and receive a grateful smile and thanks. Now, as she is getting older, we discuss her tastes, preferences and her role in the sewing process. She says she does not want me to waste time making something

Today, I am sharing  Lets Be Mermaids   a collaboration between Riley Blake Designs, Little Miss and Me.

The Lets Be Mermaids collection is a fun line with designs we both loved! It has that perfect mix of feminine, cute, whimsical designs in a Springy range of colors. We were immediately drawn to the beautiful Scallops Periwinkle Sparkle with its' vibrant gold accents.The Let's Be Mermaids Main Mint
is a fabric we both squealed about when we saw it. The racial diversity of the mermaids spoke to this Bahamian island girl and meant we had to have it. 

I gave her creative control of this project and loved that she chose a jumpsuit (New Look 6389). It is perfect for the rambunctious play she enjoys while showcasing her personal style. 

She is a girl who loves frills and fluff, only if it does not get in the way of her fun. 
She chose this pattern because of the bodice flounce option and the shoulder strap style that suits her taste.         

This was a fast project to make and she was anxious to take it for a spin.

To complete her outfit, I designed and made this interchangeable bag for her. It is a child version of my Girls Night Out Tote bag that she can play with.

The body of the bag uses the Let's Be Mermaids Main Mint (silver metallic Essex linen for the front panel).

and it is lined with Scallops Periwinkle Sparkle with the Mermaids for a pocket to store the dress-up pieces.

She can dress her up as a mermaid 
or a regular girl. She can change her hair and clothes for endless hours of fun! 
We love this collection and have clearly been inspired by the lovely fabric. She wants lots more rompers in the other prints in the collection and personalized bags for all of her friends. 

If you would to make a bag for your little mermaid or merman, please tell me in the comments. I will be writing the pattern and seeking testers for girl and boy variations of the kits. If you would like to be considered as a tester, please send me an email me here.

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May your weekend be filled with lots of fun and the whimsy that can only come from the thrill of letting go to be mermaids. 

Happy Sewing,
Bianca and Little Miss


  1. Sooo cute! She looks great in that jumpsuit! Brilliant idea for her bag, too. She's probably entering the "Handmade Clothing Refusal" period of her life. My kids did that too until they wanted elaborate Halloween/Renaissance Fair costumes.

    1. Thanks Tina!!! I hope that phase holds off for a bit longer. She knows I like to make dresses and she is so over them! She loves the freedom of pants and leggings. Did you make the elaborate costumes? That is some serious work!!!

  2. Oh my gosh...everything about this post makes me happy!

    Little Miss herself! Her outfit. Her independence! The fabrics! The bag! Everything!

    1. Thanks Sue! It is so fun to watch her grow into her own!

  3. Little Miss has such a beautiful smile, you can tell she loves her new makes.

    1. Thanks Helen! She loves this! She has been wearing and washing it on repeat! I must make a few more!