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 

Update on PDF patterns

March 6th, 2014

List of Megan Nielsen Patterns currently available as downloadable PDF's

So i just realised that though i’ve been slowly turning my patterns into PDF’s over the last few months, i haven’t given you all an update on which are available since that first announcement. Ummm whoops! Sorry girls, can i blame it on the pregnant brain?!

Anyway, here’s whats currently available as a PDF:

PHEW! big list! We’re getting there slowly! I hope to make at least one or two more available as PDF’s before baby girl arrives, so stay tuned and lets see if i can remember to actually tell anyone about it this time hehehe

Also, patterns that are currently available through Simplicity Patterns:

swing swing

March 4th, 2014

So here is another of my current maternity staples! I made it on the same day as my Asymmetrical maternity top, and it’s just taken me ages to make the time to get a photo of it. Excluding the hemline, its a very different pattern draft that the asymmetrical top, and my plan was to try and peg them against each other to see which i liked better. Which hasn’t really worked, because i find myself wearing them equally as often! Backfire!

But i guess that actually means they were successful projects ( you know i care a lot about designing wearable pieces). The only thing that bums me out about this top is the shoulder patches. I was really missing my shoulder patched Briars, so when i sewed it up i used scraps from my copper coated denim shorts (before i knew how the fabric would wash) to give a similar look. You can see it here in this instagram shot from when i was making it. Unfortunately (as with the shorts) the fabric really wore terribly and now just looks like denim. I”m happy with the edge fraying, that was intentional, but the navy blue was definitely not. It’s not quite the look i was going for, but hey, it’s still cute.

I forgot to ask Chris to take a closer shot of the centre front, but it’s got a centre seam – which i basically added to prevent myself looking like a giant sack – it happens with the belly soooo easily. I like that the vertical line cuts the silhouette a little.

Also, completely randomly, this is my new backyard! yay! hehehe


March 3rd, 2014

Hey lovely friends! I can’t believe it, but it’s four years ago today that this little adventurer entered our lives and changed my world forever.

I can’t believe how much my gorgeous boy has grown up and become a “big” kid. I’ve loved seeing his personality develop, especially during this last year, to be a little guy who loves to explore, and figure out how everything works. Who likes quiet moments and notices all the little things. Who is always on the hunt for the perfect rock, and knows how to wear a hat like a boss. Who believes in super heroes and likes to keep everythimg organized and in order. Who is fascinated by maps and can spend hours carefully looking at a book catalog trying to pick out the perfect new book. I’m grateful for the time we’ve been having recently, just the two of us home during the day together, because it helps me learn even more about my wonderful little Buddy. He stole my heart those four years ago, and he wins it over and over again every passing day.

quick fix// jewelry display

February 21st, 2014

quick fix// jewelry displayYou may have noticed that i pretty much always wear a chunky dangly necklace. More often than not, by Merl. The problem with these kinds of adornments is that they’re kind of hard to store.

I have a truly amazing jewelry box (shown above) that my parents had made for me in Hong Kong for my 16th birthday, but unfortunately even though it is huge it just can’t handle all the chunk. I needed a better solution.

I’d seen a lot of cool jewelry hangers around, but they never had enough space – six hooks? Umm no. i need more. In the end i realised i needed to make something in order to get what i really needed.

This frame was originally used to display my brothers Paratrooper flag – but when he had the flag removed and restored to its original condition, the frame wasn’t needed anymore. I love it when fortune strikes! I bought a little bag of hooks from the hardware store, measured out as many spots as i thought i could squeeze on the long edge of the frame, and just spent a few minutes twisting them in by hand. Since we were renting i used the same trick as i did for my spool racks, and hung it with some 3M hooks – which made even the installation quick. Now that we’ve moved into our own home, it has a more permanent home on my wall. It was crazy easy, and it’s been so incredibly useful.

The hilarious part is that i almost need a second one, as i still have to double up a couple of hooks to get everything in! I think it makes getting dressed much easier because i can see all the options right in front of me – plus theres that important benefit of keeping my rugrats out of my necklaces hehehe

it’s a two seam top

February 15th, 2014

two seam maternity top by Megan Nielsen

Well my dear friends, here is one of the tops i made myself using the same method as my Two Seam Dress!

Since it was one of the first i made, i don’t quite love it as much as the dress, but none the less, i still wear it almost once a week. This one was made with more ease than the final tutorial i shared, and is also using a thicker stiffer jersey with much less drape. I think it shows pretty well what i had mentioned in the tutorial, with regards to the design working better with a thin drapey jersey. I’m also a little tempted to take it in, as it’s bordering on just too baggy.

As to the fabric itself – I don’t normally go for a horizontal stripe… ever… but i figure, my waistline is already huge at this point, so big whoop hehehe. It’s from one of my favourite local perth shops called Knitwit. Its a great store that only stocks stretch fabrics and they have a fantastic selection. I bought some of the fabrics used for Bunny’s Rainbow Dash costumer there, and i always find their customer service fantastic. I’m not sure if i’ve mentioned it here on Design Diary before, but when i was learning to sew with knits when i was at University, i used to come to this store regularly (its lovely and close to UWA), and the sweet ladies who worked there would give me endless tips and pointers for how to sew better with knits. It was invaluable, and that’s the kind of thing that makes me super loyal to a store. You know?

As a side note – do you see these shorts – they are actually the shiny shorts i shared with you a while back. Honestly, can you believe how badly this fabric has held up?? I am not kidding you when i tell you how carefully i wash them, and there is like no sparkle whatsoever left! Don’t get me wrong, i still really love them, but i’m kind of shocked to see how the fabric has worn so badly. I’m sure that by the end of this pregnancy they will just be light wash cutoffs!!

AND last thing – check out how much that bump has popped out!! YIKES! I still have 2.5 months to go… there are no words hehehe

two seam maternity top by Megan Nielsen

[Make this look]

Top: Megan Nielsen Two Seam Dress or Top // Get the tutorial here! 
Shorts: Megan Nielsen
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens // Peep Toe Super High in “Nature”
Necklace: Thrifted