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zip front Eucalypt dress

August 12th, 2014

So excited to show you my latest make! I’ve been looking at all my Eucalypt dresses longingly for weeks… but my life is all about baby feeding friendly attire these days, so something had to be done! I have tonnes of button front dresses (i’m pretty sure i have the worlds largest array of Darling Ranges dresses), so wanted to try something a little different. Enter the zipper.

I used my Eucalypt pattern, and a metallic open end zipper and i couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out. Magically i somehow managed to guess the exact length of zip i’d need. I know. It made my day.

A lot of people have asked me about this fabric. It’s a digitally printed japanese linen – and i bought a tonne of it plus some other fabrics to list in the store – so once i get my butt in gear and list them i’ll let you know :) i’m so slow paced these days. If you’d like to make your own zipper front Eucalypt – i used the seam front version of the pattern and left the zipper exposed. Easy peasy.

In other news, my trusty little Buddy helped me with my photos again today – and i think we’re becoming quite the team hehehe. That kid loves the remote, there are ridiculous number of photos. And possibly too many of us giggling uncontrollably. But they won’t be posted, as they were not flattering by any means hehe.

[Make this Look]
Dress: Megan Nielsen Eucalypt dress with zipper front // Get the pattern here
Shoes: Dolce Vita
Jacket: Country Road
Cute boy: not sold in stores 

the crescent blouse as PDF

August 6th, 2014

Great news! The Crescent blouse is now available as an instant download PDF pattern! Which also means that all the patterns from the Breakwater Collection have been PDF’d and so i’ve been able to bring back the Breakwater collection pattern pack (all 4 patterns for the price of 3).

Get the Crescent blouse pattern here

Get the Breakwater Collection Pattern Pack here


kitty ottoman!

May 22nd, 2014

Whilst getting the nursery ready for our little girl, i absolutely fell in love with these Boramiri Cat ottoman/pouf things. The one thing i always find irritating is not having an ottoman to use with my rocker – and i thought this would be a great solution, cute + functional!

The unfortunate part was that this gorgeous store is located in France – and shipping to Australia was just not going to work. It’s not surprising, any time you ship something bulky it’s going to be insane.

So anyway, i couldn’t get them out my mind, so i decided to try a bit of a knock off version. Not exactly the same – but i really love it. I just used some extra draping muslin i had lying around, embroidered a little kitty face on and stuffed it with what was left with my scrap fabric. It’s a little lumpy, but meh, i’m really glad to have done something with all those scraps, even if they’re just being used as filling!

new maternity survival pack

May 6th, 2014

You guys, by popular demand i’m bringing back my Maternity Survival Pack!! For those who aren’t familiar with this pack, it’s much like my Beginner Pack, 4 popular patterns for the price of 3.

After a lot of feedback about how useful the Virginia leggings are during pregnancy, I’ve made a small change to the line up, and added them to the pack!

So now in my Maternity Survival Pack you’ll find:

baby bump diary!

May 3rd, 2014

It’s become a little tradition for us to document my growing baby bump every month. We did it with Bunny, we did it with Buddy, and again this time. I’m really glad we’ve done it – because though we started it for ourselves, just so we would remember and could show family – it’s become something our kids really love looking at. I really want to get my act together and print out a full collage for each kiddo to put in their baby books. It’s amazing to me how much my body has changed each pregnancy and then gone back to normal again – I feel like every part of baby’s journey is such an amazing miracle.

So the last two times i’ve done this diary i just used super stretchy tops – but this time i decided to make my own top using my Ruched maternity top sewing pattern. I’m really glad i did because it worked sooooo much better! The last times it was kinda hard to fit the tops over my full term belly, but this time it was a breeze. I don’t know why i didn’t think of using my own design before – so silly!

The other reason i’m really glad we did it this way is because now when people ask me how this top fits at each stage of pregnancy i have a really good example to point to! I love happy accidents.

The last two times we tried to take photos weekly, and only succeeded with every few weeks – but this time we decided to just do once a month and i think it was a much better idea. Plus it makes for a nicer collage :) My one regret is that we missed month 3, but honestly, i was so horrendously sick that there was no way i could drag myself in front of a camera. I was upset at the time, but now i see that it’s just not a big deal.

Meanwhile, today is actually my due date! HA! I’m being induced on Thursday this coming week if i haven’t gone into labour spontaneously before then – so excited that we’ll be meeting our little girl soon!

So did any of you do baby bump diaries for your pregnancies? Or have a favourite? My favourite is still Miranda’s project baby I just love it so much, it’s perfection :)

the favourite

April 27th, 2014

Megan Nielsen maternity style

I’ve been wanting to blog about this dress for soooo long – this has been my favourite make this pregnancy, and has also been the hardest to get a photo of. Sometimes blogging is a really hilarious hobby, and i can’t even tell you how many times Chris and i have tried to get a photo of this dress and then it’s all fallen through for one reason or another. Like since Christmas day. Which was four months ago. Actually it’s surprising that i don’t hate this dress by now hehehe.

You may recognise the style, its another iteration of two maternity dresses i’ve shared previously (one and two) – but this one i think is the best. Or at least, i love it the most. And at 39 weeks pregnant (YOWZA!) I can confidently say it’s worked the whole pregnancy, and will work beyond. That always makes me really happy!!

As you may recall, i originally started with the Briar crop top as a base. But honestly the bodice pattern has been altered in so many ways since then, that it barely resembles that original pattern. I love it so much that i’m rather tempted to release it as a new maternity dress pattern at some stage – thoughts?

The actual sewing of this dress was pretty funny. I had a very specific vision of how i wanted it to look, and I was determined to do it late one night. And then i reminded myself of why i shouldnt sew late at night in bad light. I used black velour, of which i had in two pieces – and took for granted that the nap was correct, without actually physically checking. The result was this and almost resulted in tears. But thankfully i had just enough fabric to recut one of the bodice pieces, flip and recut one of the skirt pieces (obviously the skirt pattern had to be adjusted at that point to compensate). But phew! I got the dress i wanted, and it’s been constantly in rotation since then. So lesson learnt, when nap is involved, don’t just eyeball it and imagine that your eyes are so awesome you can see the difference – nothing beats the hand!

[Make this look]

Dress: Megan Nielsen Briar gathered dress // Sewing pattern + a gathered skirt
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens // Peep toe super high in natural
Necklace: Thrifted