Made for Mermaids Naomi Dress

Pattern Stats: Naomi Dress
Pattern designer: Made for Mermaids
Pattern level: 2/10
Time start to finish: 1.0 hours
Suggested fabrics: DBP, bamboo, ITY
My fabric: Solid grey is bamboo, florals are DBP
Options: V-neck or plunge neckline, dress or maxi length, optional faux wrap slit
Price: Sale price of $7.50 or youth/women's bundle of $13, regular price $9

I've found my favorite dress of all time. I feel sexy yet covered enough and best of all, don't have to wear a bra! Can you believe it?! The new Made for Mermaids Naomi is part of the new resort wear pattern line. This dress is everything. I don't know how else to describe my love of it. It's a quick sew, looks extremely flattering on all body shapes and makes me feel unbelievable. 

The dress has a maxi or above the knee length, V-neck or low plunge neckline and can be made with or without a faux wrap slit. I chose to not make any of the faux wrap slit options as I planned to wear these dresses around my children and needed some decency. The slit though looks dramatic but isn't too exposing. The bodice is finished with some under bust gathers while the front skirt boasts pleats similar to the Mama Joy

Here's the difference between the V-neck and low plunge necklines. The neon floral is the V-neck with the burgundy floral being the low plunge. Since the back of the dress features ties, the bodice can be worn higher up with tightened straps for more coverage. The maternity testers raised the bodice up to be at the empire level and above their bumps.

Now let's talk about the back. It features an elastic casing that creates gathers at the low back. There's so many options for how to tie the back and yet I kept doing it the same. The long ties can even be tied in the front if that's your desired look. 

For fit, I measure a Blue bust and Green waist. Due to the fit of this dress and the fact that there really isn't a back, I made the straight Blue size. I think it fits exactly as intended and didn't need the grading for my waist. 

Let's talk the fabrics! This pattern is best for 4-way stretch knits with good recovery. The recommendations are ITY, bamboo and DBP. I used all Mily Mae Fabrics in these makes and love that they are all so different. 

This is the Burgundy Jay DBP which was recently stocked. I love that it has pops of pink and black to make it transition through seasons easily.

Delilah was extremely difficult to photograph with the neon pink background. It's a DBP as well that has white flowers that are outline in black. The neon pink base screams summer to me.

The heathered grey bamboo I used here was just on a whim. I really wanted to make a black bamboo one but had plans for that elsewhere. I was afraid this would look too plain. I was very wrong. I can see myself adding a cardigan or jacket to this for evenings very easily. 

This is the first pattern released in the new Resort Collection from Made for Mermaids. The Naomi is available for Women or Girls and includes special new release pricing including a bundle for both. Each individual pattern is on sale for $7.50 each or bundled for $13. 

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