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Thank You For Being My Community!

Two years ago, when Bunny was only a few months old, I admittedly was feeling a little isolated, and a little lonely, and desperately missed being creative. As you may know if you’ve been reading a while – I’d been designing and making clothing for years before starting my label – and one of my favourite things was showing my newest outfit to my family and friends. Unfortunately when I left Perth, I lost that. I was finding it hard to make friends in Iowa, and it seemed like no-one really cared about sewing, unless it was a quilt or a halloween costume. It was breaking my heart that I’d made all these things I was so proud of, that I’d put so much time into, so much creativity into, and no-one would ever see them.

I’d been reading a lot of blogs, and was so blown away by the opportunity it gives people to self publish. What a great way to record what I’ve created, even if no-one reads it. So I started this blog, as a place to share my designs with friends, family and well, whoever else cared to read.

And I’m just so humbled and touched that you guys care about what I’m doing. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’ve loved blogging. I’ve loved sharing my designs and the way I wear them. And I’ve loved being a part of the blogging community, and all of the amazing friends I’ve made.

And I love that it helped me to finally follow the dream I’d had for so long, of starting my own clothing line.

I’m feeling mushy, so are you ready for the thank yous?

Thank you to my wonderful husband, Chris, for convincing me to start blogging in the first place, and for always believing in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself.

Thank you to the fabulously creative community over at Burdastyle & Pattern Review for being my very first readers.

Thank to my family for being my biggest cheerleaders.

and of course…

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, to all of you my lovely readers, my dear dear friends. Who listen to my crazy talk every day. Thank you for reading, and for your constant support and encouragement!! Because of you, I’m still here, writing about what I make. Because of you, I have my clothing line. Because of you I’ve felt part of a community, when I didn’t think I had one. Where would I be without you? Nowhere fun, that’s for sure. Hugs to all you!!

Dress: Megan Nielsen, seen here, here and here
Cardigan: Vintage, from my MIL
Belt: Vintage, thrifted
Tights: Hue
Socks: Target
Boots: Steve madden
Headband: Megan Nielsen, Boab headband AW2010
Gloves: Vintage, family heirloom from my MIL

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Ann S.
12 years ago

Thank YOU for your fresh designs, your fun posts on what you’re wearing and the lovely sewing patterns! I’m 41 so probably on the waaaaay outside of your customers but I’m the mom of two young ones, 3 and 6mos so I’m still in your market (maternity & nursing.) I was inspired this year by your scarf project, too. Like you, I don’t have too many in person sewing friends, but I find the online community to be just as rich with like-minded fashionistas, many of whom have become F2F friends too.

12 years ago

Love the colors of this outfit! :D Great boots :)
Live.Laugh.Love. – everyday.

what would a nerd wear
12 years ago

aw, megs, this email was so great to read! i love how you can see your passion and curiosity shine through your posts every day.
and secretly i’m glad that you were bored in iowa and so started a blog and directed your passion into your clothing because i love reading this and chatting with you.
sending you a hundred hugs xoxoxo

12 years ago

This is such a pretty outfit Meg! One of my fave’s. I hope you are enjoying the heat in Perth and have a lovely New Year! xo MODELmumma

12 years ago

I love this winter outfit! I’m glad I can call you my friend.

Just Better Together

12 years ago

Okay, I have to admit that I LOVE LOVE LOVE to read the American Baby magazine. Go ahead and call me crazy. Anyways,, they have this thing called the “Bump of the Month” and I immediately thought of you. If you like, you can enter at (’m sure you’d get published! =]

Happy New Years!

Linda W
12 years ago

Thank you for your creativity and designs. I love seeing what you create and how to share it with bloggers. I can’t wait to see how your new surroundings in Virginia influence your designs.

The Auspicious Life

Pam Speak
Pam Speak
12 years ago

I love finding out why people started their own blogs, I did it to raise my confidence and you were the first blogger I started reading and you made me think I wanted to try this as well.

You also (without realising it) encouraged me to start sewing again and even though I’ve only made a few skirts, a belt and a few bags it’s giving me the confidence to learn how to use a pattern (I make stuff up as I go along lol) and try new things. Thank you for starting your blog, without you I wouldn’t have done any of this.

12 years ago

you are so fabulous and i’m so happy i’ve ‘met’ you and that your are so open to share your journey. best wishes for the new year!!

12 years ago

Megan, thanks for sharing your creativity. I love your pictures and that you’re not afraid to model. You’re great. Keep it up!


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