call the sewing police

January 16th, 2015

Sometimes i like to break the rules. You know like that rule that says you have to let your circle skirt hang and once the bias has stretch out you even it out again then hem it blah blah blah.

WELL. I started along those lines with this stretch version of the Veronika skirt (don’t worry the free pattern will be available soon, we are just about to start testing!). I left the hem raw, washed it a few times, and once it had stretched out, i noticed that it had gone and stretched out in a really cool way and i did not want to change it. I am actually rather enamoured with that uneven rough hemline. I think it really suits the fabric and i’m going to keep it. Rebel.

And on the topic of this fabric – how cool is it? It’s like bokeh and twigs and i don’t know what else, but its awesome and i kind of want to make a zillion outfits out of it. It’s available in store now if  you’d like to snap up some of your own before i go ahead and use it all myself hehe

I seriously cannot wait to get this pattern to you gals!!

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Top: Megan Nielsen Briar tshirt // Pattern + Fabric
Skirt: Megan Nielsen Veroniak skirt // Pattern coming soon + Fabric
Shoes: Madewell
Sunnies: Witchery
Necklace: Vintage family heirloom 

nine years

January 15th, 2015

It’s that time of year again :) Today is our 9th wedding anniversary! I honestly can’t believe that we’ve been married for 9 years already. How does time travel so quickly? I’m grateful to spend my life with this guy, and amazed how much we make each other better by being together.

We celebrated with a picnic at the riverside with our kiddos, which is basically my favourite way to celebrate anything. I think we may need to make it an annual tradition. We ate pizza, the big kids collected jellyfish in buckets, baby bird played on the blanket and Chris and goofed around taking selfies (not my best angle, but whatever). Couldn’t have been more perfect! Here’s to another 9 as good as the last!

Tutorial // how to make a jersey maxi dress

January 11th, 2015

For a very long time I’ve been dreaming of a jersey Eucalypt maxi dress – and i finally made one! It’s one of those wardrobe basics that i keep pulling out over and over again – plus it was an easy make, so winning on all fronts.

Ready to make your own? Lets do this!

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now hiring!

January 8th, 2015

We’ve got some big things happening at Megan Nielsen Patterns this year, so to keep things running smoothly over what is going to be a super busy year, I’m looking for an assistant!

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[Updated] How to make a bow headband with free pattern

January 5th, 2015

Ever since i posted my baby bow headband tutorial and free pattern, i have had so so so many requests for an adult version. So i made one! YAY! I’ve updated the pattern to include 3 sizes: baby, child and adult. I really really hope you enjoy it!

If you’d like to make your own headband CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN and follow these instructions:

1// Print off the pattern & tape together. I’ve provided the pattern in three sizes: baby (works perfectly for my baby bird, i first made it when she was 5 mths and at 7mths this size is still perfect) and child (works perfectly for my 6 year old honey bunny), and adult.

2// You are going to need some stretchy fabric (the stretchier the better), you could even use an old tshirt! Fold your fabric perpendicular to the grain (the pattern should run along the stretchiest part of the fabric). Place pattern on fold & cut out.

3// With right sides together sew 1/4? all the way round leaving a small gap in your stitches as indicated on the pattern piece. You can use either a zig zag stitch on a regular machine or a serger/overlocker.

4// Turn your headband the right way round by pushing through the gap in your sewing. No need to close this hole we are going to hide it!

5// Now tie a knot, and adjust to fit (the gap in your sewing should be hidden in the knot now).

WEAR!!

Photography by Sabatomic

how i [definitely don't] do it all

December 31st, 2014

I’ve written about this before, but i think its a topic i need to cover again, especially as we go into a new year and everyone is being inundated with new years goals and resolutions. I get a lot of emails asking me how i do it all it. How i run a business, and have a perfect family life, and maintain my sanity and am magically generally awesome at everything, all at the same time. KAPOW.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if that was true? I’d sure love to be awesome at everything, and have it all figured out. The worst is, it’s normally other mothers who ask me this. Women just like me who are just trying to get through each day in one piece, and it breaks my heart to think that the little snippets of me you see on this blog, and Instagram and Twitter are leaving anyone with the impression that i’m doing a better job at life than them.

I’m not :)

The truth is, i absolutely 100% for sure, do not do it all. I also don’t find things easier than everyone else, or get more things done than everyone else, or have special super human parenting abilities.

Just like everyone else, I’m doing the best i can. Chris helps me a LOT. Our families help us a lot. And my faith in Jesus is why I am constantly cheerful. That’s it.

This last year i had a very hard year. As a family we had a very very hard year. We have been pelted with constant illnesses, two medical emergencies and ridiculous external conflicts. We’ve had career dramas and school dramas. We moved house, changed jobs, and had a new baby. I had the hardest pregnancy i’ve ever had. If you emailed me you probably didn’t hear back from me. Some mornings i’m not really sure how i’m upright. It’s been hard.

But it’s okay! Things are good even when they are hard, and a hard year has taught me how strong my family is. How important our little unit is. How amazing my husband is. How good my kids are. It’s been an important year, and i’ve grown a lot, learnt a lot, changed even. And I’m happy! I know that God has blessed me, and because of that you will see a smile on my face every single day.

This blog is a diary of my work, of my progress and successes as a designer. It’s not about my life, or my personal struggles, or my failures. It’s a scrap book of proud moments. Just remember, whenever you read someones blog, you are reading a highly edited version of their lives. Especially right now, as we end a year, and everyone is wrapping up their big moments for the year and planning the next years awesomeness. Don’t forget that it’s the highlight reel.

So if you trip over your Everest of dirty laundry on the way to the coffee machine, while your baby vomits on your favourite rug, and your other kids are half killing each other over something stupid, and the kitchen is a pile of dishes, and you’ve lost your keys AGAIN, and you can’t imagine how you could ever be more tired than you are right now, or how you will possibly get out the house this morning – let alone look like a presentable human being. You are not alone. That was my morning too :)

Pass the coffee and lets all be friends.