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Summer wardrobe staples

December 13th, 2014

My friends, summer is upon us in Australia and i couldn’t be happier about it! This winter has just been one illness or medical drama after another in our family, so i’m really looking forward to months of sun, warmth and healthy days ahead!

This year Cascade skirts and Briar crop tops are my wardrobe staples. With a nursing baby and two kids to run after this outfit is the perfect mix of style and convenience for me. I must admit, when i first designed the Briar pattern, i never foresaw that it would be such a great top for feeding a baby in. I like to keep to my own personal style during pregnancy and nursing, and make my wardrobe work around it as best as possible, so i’m definitely more than a little jazzed to find that one of my favourite designs is so perfect for me right now! Happy dance? of course.

Oh and! This skirt! So this Cascade is one of the first samples i made when i was designing the pattern. At first i wasn’t sure i would keep it for myself, because come on, you know how many Cascades i own, it’s kind of ridiculous. But I find myself reaching for this skirt so often that i’m really glad i did. How cool is the print? I am such a sucker for a cool print. Right now my next goal is to make a jersey knit Cascade skirt, because i’ve seen you guys making some cool ones and i want in on that action!

That’s all for today, hugs! xoxo

photography by Sabatomic

[make this look]

Top: Megan Nielsen Briar crop top // Get the pattern
Skirt: Megan Nielsen Cascade skirt // Get the pattern
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens // Peep toe super high 

the golden brumby

October 16th, 2014

Oh you guys, the warm weather is here! I love winter in Perth, but must admit, this year i’ve just been really looking forward to some sunny happy weather. I started wardrobe planning a few months ago as per usual, and i found myself in a real Brumby skirt mood. Remember that one? It’s from my Perth collection. Here’s a little look at what my plans looked like

And after a rather stressful time for our little family, i finally found myself with a little bit of time to myself this week (yay!). So predictably, i made something. Chris was a little scared when i pulled out the gold coated denim, but i think it turned out really well! The one mistake i’m not so happy about is the sizing, and it was a stupid mistake. I didn’t re-measure myself before i cut, assuming i was the same size i was a month ago, but turns out i’ve actually lost about 2 inches from my waistline. Which yes, i am pretty freaking jazzed about, BUT does mean that this skirt is sitting way too low, much lower than i would normally wear it, and it’s irritating. I may not end up keeping this for myself. Oh well.

So i think todays lesson is always measure yourself before you begin sewing, don’t assume anything about your measurements! Also, gold denim is rad. That is all. Hugs to you dears! xoxo

the gathered waist briar dress

March 16th, 2014

Megan Nielsen Briar pattern + gathered skirt

Back in December i showed you all a gathered dress i had made using the Briar crop top as a starting point – well this is the first version i made of that dress! It always feels kind of weird when i blog designs out of order, but oh well, such is life! Anyway, this dress was the original inspiration for the dress i’m wearing – it’s not exactly the same obviously, mine isn’t as billowy and the inspiration dress has drop shoulders, but i’m pretty happy because i feel the vibe is close enough.

I really love this dress, but unfortunately it’s just not quite right for maternity. As you can see it hits me a little bit weirdly. The waist seamlines are just a little too low. I think it’s most noticeable in the back as the gathers hit just above my backside, making it look well, kinda big hehehe. Not really my life goal i must admit! The length of the waistline also leads to a lot of fabric pulling in my lower back – which you can see in the photo below.

So when i went to create my next one (the first one i blogged) I raised the waistline by a few inches, and that solved a lot of the weird fit problems. I could have solved it by widening/spreading the entire bodice and making it as loose as the original inspiration, but i don’t know, i couldn’t bring myself to make something super baggy during pregnancy, i feel big enough already. I think once baby girl has been born i will probably make another version like this one, but with a looser top. I really can’t wait to wear this one when my body is a more normal shape as i think it’s going to look wayyyyy cuter. But even having said that, i have literally worn this dress to death this pregnancy. Even with the fit issues, i can’t stop wearing it :)

Ooooooh remember the tip i shared for getting great gathers in jersey fabric – the below two photos are a good example. The front of the skirt was gathered using that tip, but by the time i reached the back of the skirt i had run out of elastic thread, so i had to gather it the usual way. You can see that the gathers in the front view are much nicer and more uniform than the gathers in the back.

AND last thing – i’m now 33 weeks!! So just over 7 months, which means i have a maximum of just over 7 weeks before this baby arrives. Eeeek! so excited!! I’m like a nesting maniac at the moment, i should probably start sharing some of the things i’ve been making for baby girl! But until then, you can always catch up with what i’m doing on Instagram.

Megan Nielsen Briar pattern + gathered skirt[Make this look]

Dress: Megan Nielsen Briar crop top + gathered skirt // pattern + similar fabric
Shoes: Zomp
Necklace: Thrifted 


March 11th, 2014

Megan Nielsen maternity style // Ruched midi skirt

Throughout this pregnancy i just keep finding myself coming back to the Ruched Maternity skirt pattern over and over again. So while i was reformatting the pattern for PDF, i thought it might be a good time to add in some more options (you know i love my options!). This one is the below knee/midi version! I really like how it turned out, though admittedly i did get a tad lazy at the end and couldn’t be bothered hemming it properly. I know. Hemming would have only take 5 minutes…. and yet, i just couldn’t bring myself to sit behind the machine for a second longer.

When it comes to making my own maternity wardrobe i end up embracing the raw edges of jersey a lot. I know in the sewing blog world everyone often gets really caught up in making everything absolutely perfect. But i’m a great believer in being reasonable, and sometimes it’s just not worth it. To be honest, i kind of can’t see the point in being overly perfectionistic about clothing i will only wear for 6 months . Which is why more often than not you’ll see some element that is “unfinished” in the maternity pieces i make up for myself.

Fabric wise, i went for a thinner fabric than i normally would in this skirt – and thats because the darkness and the horizontal stripes left me confident that i wouldn’t feel too exposed in a thin skirt. That’s definitely been the case because i’ve worn it 3 times in the last two weeks and thats a lot for any piece of clothing! Can’t wait to share with you the ruffled hem version of this skirt – turned out so cute!! I really wanted to make myself a maxi version too – but given how overheated i’ve been feeling recently i couldn’t bring myself to wear something that long. Oh well!

[Make this look]

Skirt: Megan Nielsen Ruched Maternity skirt // Pattern + similar fabric
Top: Megan Nielsen Briar crop top // Pattern + similar fabric
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens // T strap sky high in natural
Necklace: Clydes Rebirth
Headband: Mimco 

the fall back

January 4th, 2014

Megan Nielsen maternity style: Briar crop top + Ruched maternity skirtGetting dressed when you’re pregnant can be a little stressful sometimes – I find the number of days when i look at my wardrobe and feel flustered at having nothing to wear just doubles when i’m pregnant.

So over time i’ve developed a few tricks – one of which is having a fall back outfit that always makes me feel good no matter what. This pregnancy that combo is a Briar crop top and a Ruched maternity skirt. I have a couple of Briar crop tops and Ruched skirts sitting next to each other in my wardobe that all mix and match perfectly – so when i bad day comes along, i can pull any two out, put them on and leave the house feeling like a look good.

It instantly turns a day that could have started badly, into one thats off to a cracking start :) No doubt i’ll be sharing more than few briars+ruched skirts with you this time round! Annnnd here’s how i wore this top before i was pregnant: one and two!

Megan Nielsen maternity style: Briar crop top + Ruched maternity skirt

[Make this look]

Top: Megan Nielsen Briar crop top // Sewing pattern + similar fabric
Skirt: Megan Nielsen Ruched maternity skirt // Sewing pattern + ponte knit fabric
Shoes: Madewell
Necklace: Thrifted

colour blocked like a log

December 16th, 2013

Colour blocked Briar dress

And you’re wondering – what kind of a post title is that? WELL when i made this dress i was thinking “yay colour blocking!” and when i showed Bunny (she’s always the first person i show my new sewing creations too), she said “wow Mom you look just like a log!” hehehe. Out of the mouth of babes hey?

So anyway, ever since i saw this dress i’ve been thinking of making my own version using the Briar crop top and a gathered skirt. I never got around to it – but as soon as i fell pregnant i realised what a great maternity dress it would make. So i started experimenting. For my first try i just took the standard Briar crop top, and drafted a flared gathered skirt that worked with the curved waistline. And though I adore that dress and it looks pretty close to the dress i used as inspiration – as soon as i started wearing it i realised it didn’t really work on my pregnant body. The waistline was just too low and it hit me in all kinds of weird almost frumpy ways. It’s going to be super awesome when i’m not preggers anymore, but right now, it’s just a bit odd (ill blog it later). This dress is my third try, and i’m much happier with the fit.

The biggest change was raising the waistline of the Briar crop top (front and back) by around 3 inches. Though in the future i may also try making the bodice more fitted just to see what thats like. I’m definitely going to be making more of this design over my pregnancy – its just so comfy and flowy for our hot summers. The only issue is that when i raised the waistline i forgot i needed to also drop the hemline by the same amount to preserve my original hem length… ooops… it’s not a bad length by any means, it’s perfect for right now, but i know from experience that it won’t last me through my whole pregnancy at this length as my belly is just going to get so damn huge. But that’s okay! live and learn! I’m thinking a sleeveless maxi dress version up next…

In other news, i’m now 20 weeks pregnant / 4.5 months- So excited to be in the fun part of pregnancy now!

Colour blocked Briar dress

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Dress: Megan Nielsen Briar gathered dress // Sewing pattern + a gathered skirt
Hat: Country Road (last year)
Shoes: Country Road (last year)
Necklace: Merl Kinzie // Clydes Rebirth