Mermaid Play Skirt

One of my favorite fabric designers and illustrators is Sarah Jane (she designs for Michael Miller). I'm also a little bit obsessed with octopuses (or octopi, should you prefer), so when she released her Out to Sea line, I snapped up the Mermaid Play print as soon as I could. I mean, how was I supposed to resist this cuteness? Close up of mermaid play fabric by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller

The mermaids! The whales! The octopuses! I had to have an item of clothing from it right away. I finally settled on using this tutorial from Gertie's Blog for Better Sewing (which you should definitely cruise around if you have any interest in clothes). I'm still learning to sew clothes and I'll admit that I'm not great at following patterns...things inevitably wander off course when I decide to add or subtract things, so this suited me perfectly. I ended up with a really adorable skirt, if I do say so myself!

Close up of homemade skirt with mermaids, whales, and fish on it

I followed the tutorial directions pretty much to the letter, to my measurements, of course. I did thread some elastic through the waistband, since it ended up a bit more loose than I wanted, and I added pockets, because pockets rule.

Girl wearing homemade skirt with mermaids, whales, and fish on it

I love the wider hem, and I'm really proud of myself for installing an invisible zipper.

Close up of zipper on homemade skirt with mermaids, whales, and fish on it

There are a few puckers, but the skirt is full enough that it pretty much hides them. I also finished the seams, so it looks fairly decent on the inside too.

Close up of pockets on homemade skirt with mermaids, whales, and fish on it

I've worn it a lot this summer and have gotten tons of compliments. I think when I make another one (and I definitely will), I'll use a bit more fabric and make it fuller, but overall I'm really happy with it!