December 2nd, 2011

How do you do it all (run a clothing line, look after your kids, run a household etc)?
I just don’t. hehe that’s the short answer!! Here’s the long answer

How did you get started in sewing?
When i was about 10/11 I was really dissatisfied with my Barbie’s wardrobe (yes, I still played with Barbies when i was 11, don’t pretend you didn’t too hehe), so i started cutting up my own clothing and handsewing outfits for her. When my mom realised I was interested in sewing she gave me a sewing machine (a vintage Elna, that was actually her first sewing machine too!), taught me the basics and then and helped me sew my very first piece of clothing – a wrap skirt! I’ve been addicted ever since :)

I love you patterns, how do i become a pattern tester?
I’m so grateful for all the help we get from the sewing community testing our patterns before they are released. If you would like to put your hand up to test a future pattern, please let us know here.

How did you become a designer?
I had a passion for designing clothing, and with a lot of encouragement and support from my hubby I just jumped in without looking. Here’s a long rambling explanation

How do I become a fashion designer?
That’s a tricky question to answer!! I did a series of posts on this topic that you might find really helpful. It includes guest posts from other designers, as well as my story, advice and tips. I hope you enjoy it :)

Do you design full time?
Nope. My full time job is raising my kids. It’s hard hard work, but it’s my top priority and I love it! I run my brand part time, during their naps, on weekends and late into the night.  Most of the time I feel exhausted and frazzled, hehehe but it’s all worth it!

Do you make money from your brand?
Of course :) I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t! It wouldn’t be enough to support my family, but  it’s definitely equivalent to working a part time job.

Who takes the photos on your blog?
If it’s a photo of me then it was taken by my darling hubby Chris. He’s not a photographer or anything like that, but he loves me, and is always sweet enough to snap some photos of me wearing my designs :)
If it’s a photo of anything else (ie my kids, works in progress, tutorials etc etc) then those photos are all taken by me!
We use a Canon Rebel XS, and a 50mm portrait lense.

Are your kids names really Bunny, Buddy and Birdie?
Hehe nope those aren’t their real names, those are their nicknames :) To be honest, I just don’t feel comfortable sharing my kids real names on my blog. Maybe I will one day, but not yet.

How did you meet your husband?
It’s kind of a long story – which you can read here if you’d like :)

Are you religious/what faith are you?
I’m a very passionate Christian :) I believe in Jesus, and that he died to pay the price for my sins. I love him with all my heart, and my number one goal in life is to be more like him. I don’t talk about it much here, because Design Diary is focused on sharing my designs – so I don’t think it would appropriate. But having said that, I love talking about Jesus, and my faith in him – you can always send me an email if you want to chat about it!

14 Responses

  1. Grace says:

    Love your candidity!!

  2. Caitlynn says:

    I just found your website, and I love it! I am just a very beginner sewer, and I love all of your DIY tutorials. Most of all I am so excited to find beautiful modest designs from such a strong Christian woman. Thank you so much for sharing all of this! I am looking forward to all you have to share in the future.

  3. Linda Oldham Burns says:

    I am making the darling ranges dress and loving all the wonderful instructions that you have provided with the seww along.

    My question is about the darts – they have certainly turned out very pointy. I have tried resewing them to make them better to no avail yet.

    Any suggestions? My material is a lightweight cotton.

  4. Shilpa Nair says:

    Hi Megan,
    i love what you do and admire your tutorials, they are so easy to understand and try….My name is Shilpa and I’m from Bombay India, I have few pair of old jeans and want to know is there anything I can do with them…
    thanks so much..

  5. Lizzie says:

    Hey Megan,

    I’m from Melbourne and just found your website. I got to here:

    “Are you religious/what faith are you?
    I’m a very passionate Christian :) I believe in Jesus, and that he died to pay the price for my sins. I love him with all my heart, and my number one goal in life is to be more like him.”

    and smiled. :-)

    Praise God for putting your kids first, loving the Lord and working hard in your home.

    I pray God will bless you and lead many people to Him through your testimony and example.

    If you’re ever in Melbourne… love to coffee timeee :-)

  6. Emily says:

    I was just wondering if you send your patterns to the united kingdo?? I’m really interested in buying your dress pattern, but all the UK websites I’ve found that sell the dress are out of stock.

    If you do send to the UK, could you please tell me what the price would be with the P&P?

    I imagine the post and packaging would cost alot :(

    Thanks alot.


  7. Mary Kezer says:

    Just found your site & love it. I’m old-55, but looking for inspiration for my 12 yr old grand daughter who is very creative but is struggling with combining fashion with remaining modest. Any suggestions? Also looking for nursing fashions for moms. Any discussions/topics in that direction would be great.
    P.S Welcome to America. We are in Tucson, AZ but I have always had a desire to go “down-under”. Maybe some day. Once again, welcome & thank you for your blog et all.

  8. Shiree colin says:

    I know this isn’t the place but I just ordered some patterns and I wrote the shipping address wrong! How do I fix it there’s no contact button

  9. knitbunnie says:

    I ordered your Wrapped Maternity Top pattern from Sewing Review, and it is NOT the same pattern as shown on your website. Yours lists a non-seamed wrap piece option, and so, I bought the larger amount of fabric as listed on your pattern envelope diagram. Why didn’t I get this pattern option with my pattern. I am VERY disappointed. Can you help?

    The only reason I bought it at Pattern Review is that as a PR member, I got a discount. I wish I could return it and get my money back and order it here, however I think that this company should have made people aware that they are NOT getting the same pattern. It has the exact same front-of-the-envelope illustration, so it’s was easy to assume that it would be the same pattern.

    I also bought the Ruched Maternity Tshirt pattern, and I sure hope it’s the same one as here on the MN website.

    • Meg says:

      Hi honey! So sorry to hear you’re unhappy with your purchase – it looks like a little listing image mess up on my part. Sending you an email right now to fix :)

  10. knitbunnie says:

    An addendum to my previous comment – the Pattern Review website also shows the same envelope information on their website, which includes yardage and indications that there’s a seamless sash option, so what I got from them in a PDF does not match their pattern envelope photo, either.

  11. knitbunnie says:

    Thank you for quickly and easily solving my problem. I’ll be making three of your maternity patterns for my dear daughter – the Wrapped Maternity Top, the Ruched Maternity Tshirt, and the Perfect Maternity/Nursing Top. Fabric is in hand and my trusty serger is ready for a good workout. Thank you again!!!

  12. Joy says:

    Hi I am very keen to start stretch twin needle sewing on my T shirt hems. I have been practising on scrap, everything is okay on top but the back won’t zig zag. I have tried altering some tensions to no avail! Any help would be appreciated

  13. Sherin Das says:

    Hai Megan,

    I just came to see this blog. And its a lot of help for a person like me, who had no time to go to a course or like that. I like to study myself and now you are a good teacher. Thanks a lot.


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