Pattern Review: Lea Dolman Romper/Dress by Made for Mermaids

Hi guys! I am so excited to be entering the world of blogging. I love sewing, I love writing, and I’ve been reading sewing blogs for years. I decided it was time to take the plunge and start my own! As I was contemplating what my first post would be, I figured what better way to start than by introducing you to the three little ladies in my life?

Drumroll please………….
I present to you my lovely daughters! I’m a proud Momma to twins Eden and Lydia (3) and baby Adeline (15 months). They are the light of my life and the reason I learned to sew. When you have little girls, you simply HAVE to make them adorable things to wear!
Left to Right: Eden Adeline, Lydia. In a true glimpse into the circus I run around here, notice Eden’s stitches on her forehead and Adeline’s black eye. One lost a fight to a corner, the other to a rock!
For today’s post, I wanted to review the Lea Dolman pattern by Made for Mermaids. If you’re like me, you have a stash of patterns that you just had to have, yet you’ve somehow never managed to use. I bought the Lea when it was first released LAST summer and finally got around to making it almost a year later.
The Lea is a fun pattern that comes with options for making it a dress or romper. I opted for the romper for my twins. They have lots of dresses, but not one romper. I’ll admit they were REALLY confused at first. Mommy is this a dress? It not fit over my head! Why there two legs on my dress? Mommy, I need to go potty! After I showed them the proper way to put on a romper and take it off, they loved their new outfits. These rompers are size 3T but a 4 in length. Lydia is about an inch taller than Eden so hers turned out a little shorter, but I actually think both lengths are cute!
The dolman style sleeves makes for an easy sew and the neck is simply turned under for a quick hem. No messing with neckbands, facings, or linings. For the sleeves and legs, you have the option of hemming or using a rolled cuff. I chose the rolled cuff because it gives it such a cute finish! The only problem I had with the cuff was it got droopy on the legs. The pattern suggests if this is a problem, to iron a fusible hem tape between the cuff and the leg to hold it in place. Well, I didn’t have any on hand and didn’t feel waiting until I could get to the store, so I just added a few extra tacking stitches in addition to the ones at the leg seams suggested by the pattern. It worked great!
I chose to do the dress option for baby girl just for ease of diaper changes. I didn’t want to have to fully undress her every time she needed a change. I also didn’t hem the bottom of the dress or the neckline: somewhat because I can, somewhat because I was feeling lazy after making three of these, and somewhat because I’m undecided about how I want to finish the neckline. The neck hole seems really big on her and it kept slipping down her shoulders. If I turn it under to hem it, the hole will be even larger. The pattern gives the option of adding clear elastic to the neckline, so I’m considering that. I’ve also though about adding a neckband. For now, it’s just a play dress so I’m leaving it as is until I make up my mind!

Trying to get a 15 month old to hold still for pictures is like herding cats!
Overall, I was happy with how these turned out and happy that I finally used this pattern! Thanks for reading my first post! I have many more planned so stay tuned for more to come. If you have any suggestions or requests, let me know!

1 Comment

  1. Tonya

    June 8, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Oh my gosh! How cute are those rompers. And those models!! I have too girls as well. It really does get you in trouble in the sewing world!

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