When I saw that CraftingCon & Phat Quarters were hosting a blog tour with the theme of legends, I quickly signed up. We are a little obsessed with mythical creatures. My oldest daughter’s room is decorated with mermaids, so it was only fitting that she get a mermaid themed dress to match.
Now, I’ll be honest. I originally had in my head to do something super elaborate and costume like. But, then I quickly came to my senses and realized that for something as awesome as a mermaid, I would want my daughter to be able to wear it 24/7. So I switched gears and self drafted a new dress. I’ve been hoarding this beautiful fabric from Michael Miller’s Out to Sea line by Sarah Jane, and this project was the perfect time to use it!
One of my favorite things about a blog tour is it gives me the chance to take off my designer hat for a little bit and exercise a different creative muscle. My original plan was to mash a couple patterns together, but one thing led to another and I ended up drafting a whole new design. Old habits die hard I guess. But the really exciting thing is that I got to use my Silhouette Cameo.
If you are not familiar with a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, I have to apologize for the hit your wallet is about to take. Because when you find out all the things this machine can do, you are going to want one. As a matter of fact, I designed my youngest daughter’s room decor projects around it just so I would have a good excuse for my husband to buy the machine (Sorry, hubby!). They are so much fun! I’m pretty sure these cutting machines were originally marketed for scrapbooking, a pastime that I always think I want to do in my head but never actually have time for. The newest machines can cut all types of vinyl and do amazing things like embossing and etching in addition to cutting paper. Honestly, the possibilities are endless.
I sadly don’t get to use my machine as much as I’d like. I recently got a bunch of heat transfer vinyl on a good deal on Amazon and decided to put it to good use for this project. My favorite thing about the Silhouette is that you can trace almost anything and it will cut it perfectly. Gone are the days when you need to buy a million expensive cartridges that have designs that you have to settle for because they are the only things close enough to what you wanted. With the Silhouette, you can find (or in my case make) a jpeg and tell the software to trace it and cut. Easy peasy.
I created a cute mermaid-inspired design on the computer and then cut it out with the Silhouette. Once the design was cut out and the excess vinyl was weeded, I just placed it on my bodice piece and ironed it on. I did this in a couple different steps so I could get the layout exactly how I wanted it. The finished bodice was so adorable, it made the sewing aspect a little nerve wracking. You know that moment that things are going so perfectly that you are terrified that you will mess it up in the final hour? Yes, that was totally me. But thankfully luck was only side, and the final product turned out amazing. Check out the photos of my mini me below:
Cute right? The heat transfer is prominent on the bodice, and the the flutter sleeves really compliment the print on the skirt. Plus, because I couldn’t help myself, I added a little lace trim to the flutter sleeves. Every dress needs a little lace, don’t you think? I am so in love with this dress that you will probably see the pattern in the shop soon. It’s just too cute.
Now you know I couldn’t show you this fabulous mermaid themed dress without sharing a little love, right? That’s why I decided to offer my Silhouette fans a little something. Click here to download your FREE silhouette cut files I created for this dress.
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So what is your favorite mythical creature? Let me know in the comments.