in small amounts

January 24th, 2015

Maybe i’m strange, but i get an immense satisfaction from eking a garment out of almost no fabric. It makes me feel like a hero. I really adore this fabric – i bought it many years ago at JoAnns – and first used it for this tshirt for Bunny (and don’t ask me where the kids patterns are… because well, that plan kind of never happened hahaha).

Since then i’ve been hoarding it and waiting for something else to use it for. Something perfect. So i used some to make a swaddling blanket for baby Birdie, i used some for a bow headband and before i knew it this beloved fabric was a lovely collection of scraps.

CUE TEARS.

My very basic plan had always been to make a tshirt – but sometimes the simplest plans fail because you know it’s simple. Does that make sense? Oh a tshirt I can make that tomorrow.

Anyway, in the end i got a little sneaky and managed to eke out a Briar crop top! Albiet with a straight hem, as i didn’t have enough length in the back. BUT i did manage to pattern match the side seams, which in normal circumstances is no big whoop, but in this circumstance, it was a big freaking deal.

Ok i’m done. So much love for a tiny little tshirt!

a year of refocus

January 21st, 2015

I’m really excited for this year you guys!

Over the last year while i’ve been on maternity leave, i haven’t been actively developing patterns, but i’ve spent a lot of time thinking with Chris about my business. What it should look like, where we want it to go, what we’re passionate about. How we can run it well, and still focus on our family. How we can make it reflect ME and YOU better. We’ve taken a hard look at how customers use my patterns, and chatted to people about what they care about. We’ve reassessed the way we do everything. Every last part of everything.

And we’ve decided to make changes. Really cool exciting ones.

So i’m declaring this year as a year of refocus. Of making my brand even better, and making it reflect more of me. Of working smarter not harder. Of supporting humanitarian projects (because i’m a Christian first and a business woman second). Of making patterns that you really really love to use.

It’s going to be a big year. And i’m really excited to share this journey with you!

Buddy’s everything quilt

January 20th, 2015

After i made Bunny her Elephant quilt , Buddy told me he also wanted a new quilt. Being younger than her, I expected that i would choose all the fabrics etc, i was imagining something very monochrome, very minimalist, very scandanavian. No he tells me. I want all my favourite things.

So off we went to the fabric store together, and stood in front of the wall of quilting cottons, and i just watched him pull out fat quarters piling up the ones he liked, rearranging, fine tuning. Until we ended up with these. I have to admit, it was such a cool experience. I just love seeing what my kids choose on their own – and this is a perfect little collection of what Buddy likes. And amazingly, it all kind of coordinates! We have orange ( a LOT of orange), robots, dinosaurs, tools and puppy paw prints. It’s not at all what i expected – but i love it! He calls it his “everything quilt” and i think that’s a pretty awesome description hehe. Buddy absolutely loves it, and sat by me almost the whole time i was making it. Total win.

It’s just backed with some checked cotton i had in stash, and the binding is white with navy crosses which i think goes well. It’s so funny to me to think how many quilts i’ve made, considering how much i used to swear i would never quilt. I think next up i need to make a quilt for baby birdie and work on my next collection scrap quilt!

[Here is the very first quilt i made him when he was a toddler and which he has now outgrown awwww]

call the sewing police

January 16th, 2015

Sometimes i like to break the rules. You know like that rule that says you have to let your circle skirt hang and once the bias has stretch out you even it out again then hem it blah blah blah.

WELL. I started along those lines with this stretch version of the Veronika skirt (don’t worry the free pattern will be available soon, we are just about to start testing!). I left the hem raw, washed it a few times, and once it had stretched out, i noticed that it had gone and stretched out in a really cool way and i did not want to change it. I am actually rather enamoured with that uneven rough hemline. I think it really suits the fabric and i’m going to keep it. Rebel.

And on the topic of this fabric – how cool is it? It’s like bokeh and twigs and i don’t know what else, but its awesome and i kind of want to make a zillion outfits out of it. It’s available in store now if  you’d like to snap up some of your own before i go ahead and use it all myself hehe

I seriously cannot wait to get this pattern to you gals!!

[Make this look]

Top: Megan Nielsen Briar tshirt // Pattern + Fabric
Skirt: Megan Nielsen Veroniak skirt // Pattern coming soon + Fabric
Shoes: Madewell
Sunnies: Witchery
Necklace: Vintage family heirloom 

nine years

January 15th, 2015

It’s that time of year again :) Today is our 9th wedding anniversary! I honestly can’t believe that we’ve been married for 9 years already. How does time travel so quickly? I’m grateful to spend my life with this guy, and amazed how much we make each other better by being together.

We celebrated with a picnic at the riverside with our kiddos, which is basically my favourite way to celebrate anything. I think we may need to make it an annual tradition. We ate pizza, the big kids collected jellyfish in buckets, baby bird played on the blanket and Chris and goofed around taking selfies (not my best angle, but whatever). Couldn’t have been more perfect! Here’s to another 9 as good as the last!

Tutorial // how to make a jersey maxi dress

January 11th, 2015

For a very long time I’ve been dreaming of a jersey Eucalypt maxi dress – and i finally made one! It’s one of those wardrobe basics that i keep pulling out over and over again – plus it was an easy make, so winning on all fronts.

Ready to make your own? Lets do this!

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