Let's rewind to the beginning of the year. One of my close friends was pregnant with her second child (I believe she was due in March). She already had a boy back in 2009 and this time she was having a little girl! I know she was super excited for dresses and other girly things! I had crafted a few things for her son--a little puppy, a blanket, and some bibs--you can see the post here. So, I obviously wanted to make various things for her daughter too!
I've been trying to be on a destash mission--which has worked some what, but I must admit that I've also purchased yarn...tisk tisk tisk, Jessica. However, back at the beginning of the year I was TOTALLY on the "cold sheep" "use only from stash" bandwagon! I've also been trying to use patterns that I already own, rather than finding something new or buying a new one.
So with that in mind, I found the cutest pattern from a Crochet Today! magazine to make for my friend's daughter! The pattern is called "Mermaid Cocoon" and is from the July/August 2012 issue of Crochet Today! I totally fell in love with this pattern when I first saw it.
I was pretty lucky that I had both mint green and teal yarn in my stash! I just reversed the colors of the tail--making the teal the main color and the mint the accent. I also had white and purple! They are all simply soft yarns, so you can just imagine how soft and snugly this outfit is before washing and how much softer it will get!
I added little white buttons to it rather than colored ones. I spent an awfully long time standing in the button aisle of Jo-ann's picking out the 'perfect' buttons :).
The construction of the garment is so interesting! It is all made in one piece without seaming. You start with the bodice, then work the arms, and then the tail portion. It was so quick and only took me four days to make! I'm so pleased with it and can't wait to see pictures of little Keira in it!