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

collection scrap quilt //2

April 23rd, 2014

Megan Nielsen Collection scrap quilt //2

You guys, i really like this quilt! So this is another collection scrap quilt – made using the leftovers from my AW2010 collection, the “Perth collection”. I really feel like this quilt gives the same vibe as that collection – I am so in love with the idea of using up my collection scraps in quilts. I love mementos! Can you tell i’m excited!!

I tried really hard to do a better job with this quilt, and i feel like my quilting is improving very slightly with each one i do (Here is the first quilt i ever made for Bunny, the second i made for Buddy and also the collection scrap quilt #1). I decided to hand quilt this one – and *cough* – i’m not sure i’ll ever hand quilt again. You guys it took ages! I actually gave up and didn’t do even half as many lines of hand stitching as i had planned. Ugh so lame! hehehe. Also it’s wrinkly as all hell, and i don’t know why, and i also kind of don’t care. Is that bad?

But regardless of my laziness, this is my favourite quilt so far. I looooove it! I didn’t have enough scraps from the Perth collection to make a queen size quilt, so instead i just made a smaller one to use on the couch. We like blankets in the family room :)

This one really wore me out with how long it took, so i think i’m going to take a bit of a break before tackling the next collection scrap quilt (which will be from this collection). What do you think?!

Megan Nielsen Collection scrap quilt //2

kind of the last minute

April 16th, 2014

I know it probably makes very little sense to make new maternity clothing 5 weeks before your due date – but that’s when i made this crop top.

Whatever, sometimes you just need something new right?! I’ve been pretty good this time round at keeping my maternity wardrobe tight – but still, i couldn’t help myself wanting something fresh at the end.

I used my wrap maternity top pattern to create the crop top, (the cropped variation with elbow length sleeves) – If you’ve got the Simplicity 1468 version of the pattern, it’s view A. If you have the original printed version of the wrapped maternity top, then it’s a really simple alteration to the pattern piece – you can get the updated instructions here.

It was a really quick sew and very satisfying. And on the plus side – i think it’ll be good for nursing too. Yay! I may even add a skirt to it later to make it into a dress – Ooooo or maybe a peplum!

[Make this look]

Top: Megan Nielsen cropped wrap maternity top // Pattern 
Skirt: Thrifted 
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens
Socks: Myer
Necklace: Merl Kinzie // Clydes Rebirth 

Crop top pattern alteration for Wrapped Maternity top

April 13th, 2014

You guys i’m so sorry i didn’t think to post this when i released the Wrapped top as a PDF! While i was working on this pattern with Simplicity and creating the PDF, i realised how easy it would be to adjust the pattern a little to create a cropped sweater or crop top.

If you already have the pattern, don’t worry – it’s a super easy pattern adjustment to get the same result.

I really love this little crop top because it adds so much versatility to the pattern. You could make a cropped sweater perfect for maternity or nursing, or a crop top that you can wear on it’s own or layer, adding a gathered skirt or a circle skirt immediately results in a gorgeous maternity dress or nursing dress. You could even add a little peplum.

Personally i’ve been dreaming about a Cascade skirt + Wrapped crop top mash up. How awesome would that be?!

wrapped maternity top pattern now available as PDF!

April 11th, 2014

Hey hey! Great news! My wrapped maternity top sewing pattern is now available as an instant download PDF.

Just like the printed paper version now available through Simplicity, this PDF includes a new variation for a cropped sweater or crop top. I’ve been using the cropped version especially this pregnancy, and look forward to using them as layering pieces for nursing too (since i am now 3 weeks from my due date – eeeek!!). I love clothing that does double duty, am i right?!

If you’d like to grab the PDF version of the pattern you can get it here.

**Update** If you have a copy of the original wrapped maternity top pattern, the alteration to the pattern to create a crop top is super easy, you can get the tutorial here.

Dow Dow and Nee Nee

April 8th, 2014

My kids have special nicknames for each other. When Bunny was very small and couldn’t say Buddy’s name, she called him “Dow Dow”, and when Buddy couldn’t say Bunny’s name he called her “Nee Nee”. It’s become so much a part of them that the names stuck, and little Buddy introduces himself as Dow Dow and refuses to call Bunny by her name even though he can say it. Even Chris and i find ourselves calling them by these cute little nicknames.

I love it so much that for over a year now i’ve been wanting to make them matching tshirts with their little nicknames on. But as per usual, i got stalled because i overcomplicated the project. I’m a designer, so of course i HAVE TO make the shirts, in fact i have to design a completely new style for their shirts, then i HAVE TO design something cool to go with their names because a name on it’s on is not enough, the fabrics must be astoundingly awesome etc etc to the point where i can’t pull the trigger. But you know, sometimes it’s just better to keep things simple. So instead of all my grand plans, i used pre-existing blank H&M tshirts and simply put their nicknames on the front in my own handwriting. And just like that a years worth of procrastination was over.

For Buddy’s i used my new Silhouette Cameo + their fusible applique fabric and ironed it on – and for Bunny i just cracked out a bottle of fabric glitter glue and got writing. And it’s funny, for all this simplicity and instant gratification these shirts still got a “WOW thank you mommy!!!” and a huge cuddle. Lesson learned :)

So before they grow up too much and stop using their special toddler names for each other, here are Dow Dow and Nee Nee in their matching shirts, doing their favourite thing, playing at the riverside and being generally awesome.