Sunday, 2 September 2018

The Port Isaac Mermaid Dress

*Dusts off the blog cobwebs*… Hello! It's been a while. I have been lured out of blog-incommunicado by Marie Fleurine who asked me to take part in a blog tour to tell you lovely lot about an extremely talented fabric designer Marcella Romano. I headed straight over to Marcella’s website to peruse and spent the next half hour trying to keep my jaw off the floor! I couldn’t take up Marie’s offer fast enough after I clapped my greedy fabric lusting eyes on this beautiful gold and teal Jacquard. Shiny, gold and totally OTT! Seriously, I think it is the most beautiful fabric I have ever seen.

The offer was perfectly timed too, as this summer has been packed with weddings. As you know, I love nothing more than an excuse to make a totally over the top dress and, luckily for me, this wedding invite specified glamour. As someone who tends to overdress even for bed, this was music to my ears!

I was inspired by this Oscar de la Renata dress and I thought Marcella Romano's beautiful Jacquard would sing with these simple lines and full skirt.

I reached for my tried and tested Elisalex dress from By Hand London. It is such a great canvas to build your vision. Marcella had kindly provided enough fabric for a big skirt so I decided on a full circle skirt with a generous pleat that lined up with the seam lines on the bodice.

The fabric was a little tricky to handle after cutting as it frays like it wants to disappear. Immediately after cutting, I stay stitched the pattern pieces within the seam allowance.

Even the offcuts were totally beautiful!

Mermaid offcuts!

I lined the bodice with some beautiful Liberty Tana Lawn and the skirt with some teal crepe I had in my stash. The lining was definitely needed, as the fabric is a little scratchy on the wrong side. I finished the hem with some wide teal bias binding, which gives the skirt beautiful fullness at the hem, and I even sewed some coins into the hem for the extra swing!

This dress was screaming out for pockets - perfect for hands-free dancing at a wedding!

I love the finished dress and it looked amazing against the beautiful Cornish backdrop for the wedding. The perfect fabric for the sea.

I made a satin backed crepe shawl in a beautiful teal colour for warmth and paired the dress with a gold clutch.

I made my man a matching pocket square from the offcuts

I had so many compliments from other guests and one chap even approached me to tell me that it was the most beautiful fabric he had ever seen! I hope you love this fabric too and get over to Marcella’s site to support a very talented lady.

Make sure you check out my fellow blog tour Sewers in the upcoming posts:


A huge thank you to Marie for organising the tour and of course to Marcella for providing the absolutely gorgeous fabric.

Lots of love,

Vic x


  1. So gorgeous and glamorous, and such pretty lining. The fabric certainly had the body to give the skirt a bit of drama!

  2. Oh my goodness, your dress is beautiful!

  3. Wow. Wow, wow, wow!!! This dress is absolutely stunning! Your lining, shawl and clutch are all too perfect as well. So lovely.

  4. Your dress is breathtaking! The fabric seems made for this dress! And the color suits you so well!

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