Archive for the ‘MN2303 Briar’ Category

liberty back briar

October 8th, 2013

Megan Nielsen liberty back Briar tshirtSometimes i will end up with a special fabric that is so special to me, that i’m paralysed. I can’t use it. Fear of cutting into it and ruining it takes over me and somehow i just.can’

It’s completely stupid, but i have a growing pile of special fabrics like this. That’s the story of the fabric for this Briar. Many years ago, back when Chris and i first moved to the USA and there were no little kiddies yet, and i couldn’t find any good fabrics locally, my mother in law gave me this gorgeous floral Liberty of London fabric from a Perth shop. It was so pretty, so precious i couldn’t use it. In the end i cut off little pieces, “just a bit” here and there to use in special projects – and before i knew it there wasn’t enough of it use for anything actually substantial. I was furious at myself for the stupidity of it.

But after i saw Louise’s silk backed Briar – and i knew EXACTLY how i could use my special fabric!

I used a pretty stretchy knit for the rest of my Briar (40% stretch) to try and compensate for the fact that the woven back wouldn’t stretch – but it didn’t really need it. I think that one woven panel doesn’t affect the fit too much.

I really love how this turned out – and i think it’s such a great way to use up those small pieces of fabric i have lying around! This has pretty much turned into my go to top this winter, so i think i need a few more woven back Briar‘s in my life now!

Liberty backed Briar // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

[Make this look]

Top: Megan Nielsen Briar tshirt // Pattern
Jeans: Gap // Similar pattern
Shoes: Dolce Vita
Necklace: vintage family heirloom

sophies briar

August 15th, 2013

A few months ago my super wonderful sister in law Sophie told me she wanted a Briar.

I’m going to give you a moment to visualize the happy dance i did. I love making things for friends and family, it’s such a fun rewarding thing! Mending NO, don’t you dare try and give me your mending, but making something special for someone i love, that’s awesome.

She wanted something navy or black, and she wanted a version with shoulder patches that she could wear as a sweater.

And don’t you know it, fate stepped in, and i had the perfect thick navy jersey in my stash and just enough black to make some patches. I used the exact same method that i shared in this tutorial - and BOOM Sophies Briar was done!

It was a nice quick sew and I’m really happy with how this piece turned out. I think it’s very Sophie – and i like that it’s quite a transistional piece too – good for layering and good for summer nights or spring/autumn days.

Then… it took me a month to mail it to her. Story of my life hehehehe.

new sewing kits

May 6th, 2013

Megan Nielsen sewing kits

WOW you guys – i am so so blown away with the reactions to my Breakwater collection. I quite literally started crying from all the tweets, emails and comments – you are all so amazing, and i’m beyond thrilled, actually i’m overwhelmed with how much you like my new patterns. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!!! All the hard work is worth it for that kind of response! It’s been ridiculously hard to keep tight lipped about these for so long, because i adore them so much :)

And as promised last week, new sewing kits are now available in store!!

I’ve been so excited about this that it’s taken all my energy not to spill the beans! Every time i release a collection the emails flood in asking me where to find the fabrics i used – SO this time i planned! I’ve created sewing kits for every look from my Breakwater collection lookbook – so you can make the exact garment you see!

Awesome right?! i’m pretty ridiculously thrilled!!

But not only are there kits for Cascade, Crescent, Tania and Eucalypt, but there are also two new kits for Kelly, Briar and Banksia! Check them out here! They’re in limited quantities, and some actually sold out right away when i listed them yesterday- so i’d be quick if you’re interested.

As per usual, my kits include all the elements you need like fabric, interfacing, buttons, bias, the pattern etc – but i also add in fun extras like Megan Nielsen patterns clothing tags, a tote bag for carrying it all and a pretty inspirational image of the finished garment. It’s pretty rad :) It almost makes me sad to part with them hehehe

I hope you love them as much as i enjoyed putting them together for you!!


Briar Variation : Ruffle Hem

April 9th, 2013

When I was in design school at FIT, ruffles were my thing. Seriously, my classmates always knew which garments were mine, because they ALWAYS had some sort of ruffle in the design. So it was a no brainer for me to add a ruffle to the Briar top. In fact, I kind of want to make another one on a longer version, too.

Read on to see how I did it….


Briar Variation tutorial: Pocket full of gold with Miranda of One Little Minute

April 5th, 2013

Todays tutorial comes from one of the Briar pattern testers AKA my dear friend and all round awesome gal Miranda of One Little Minute. She is such a honey, and a really wonderful creative seamstress. I love how this variation has just enough sparkle to make it appropriate for day time and night time – i think you’re going to love it too!

When you’re done, don’t forget to check out Miranda’s blog One Little Minute, follow on twitter and instagram.

Take it away Miranda!

As the weather slowly warms up here in DC, I’ve been pulling together some comfy, summer basics. At the top of my list is several versions of my very favorite tee shirt, the Briar Tee! I think I’m up to five, and I have a few more yards of knit set aside for additional Briars. The shape and hemline are super flattering and hip, and I love how easily this tee sews up. I can make one in about thirty minutes, which leaves plenty of time for reading a book and making chocolate chip cookies during the rest of nap time.

Today, I want to share a simple variation that give the Briar tee a fun detail: sequins inside the pocket! I call it my “pocket full of gold” tee. The simple pop of sparkle makes me smile, and is so easy to add. Click through for the full tutorial!


How to wash clothing with leather patches

April 2nd, 2013

How to wash clothing with leather patches // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // @megan_nielsen

Sweater: Briar sweater sewing pattern + leather patches tutorial
grown up knee patch jeans tutorial

You may have noticed that i really love leather patches – i especially love adding leather patches to my Briar’s (i actually now have 4 Briar‘s with leather patches! obsession!). And does anyone remember Buddy’s adorable leather patch jeans from last year? (swoon! that kid is cute hehehe).

I’ve been seeing a lot of people getting really creative with adding leather to their Briar’s, which is just awesome! I get so excited. I’ve shown you how to sew them a few times, (shoulder patch tutorial here, elbow patch tutorial here), but I know a lot of you felt lost as to how to wash them when you’re done. Which is totally fair enough – it can seem scary the first time! But never fear, today i’m going to tell you how i do it! yay!

Would you pleased to know that it’s actually really easy? I looooove easy :)