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Inside Megan Nielsen Sewing Patterns!

Thanks so much for all of your support and encouragement for my new sewing patterns! I am honestly so excited! (and so overworked! ha!)

I’ve been dying to give you a little tour of my patterns. It honestly took me so long to figure out what I wanted, and then finalise everything – but i feel really really happy with them!

Okay, so from the outside – for the cover designs I worked with a really amazing graphic designer (but I’ll tell you all about that later!) – and I’m using these lovely large envelopes. I wanted something that is easy to get things in and out of, sturdy and actually closes properly. And I LOVE these! They open on the side, and have velcro closures (could that be cooler? seriously?).

Obviously there’s all the important details on the back – but I wanted to set things out a little differently. Having an actual shopping list was really important to me, as I hate it when the envelope doesn’t clearly tell you all you need, and then get home without buttons or something silly. Then on the inside there’s the pattern and instruction booklet.

The pattern is printed on really sturdy semi-translucent paper – and I honestly think this is one of my favourite features. Every time I’ve ever used a commercial pattern I find that the damn tissue paper rips (for no good reason), so I end up tracing my pattern onto sturdier paper or muslin before even starting. That’s just infuriating! I think patterns should have longevity – so I really want mine to be able to be used over and over without ripping.

I’ve made the instructions in booklet form – because it seems almost everyone finds that style much easier to follow. (Seriously what is with those giant fold out map instructions anyway?!). I spent a lot of time trying to make everything as clear and as easy to follow as possible – and I added a lot of details that I find valuable.

Since patterns are standard, I find that whenever i use one I end up making little adjustments for myself – or I learn something i want to remember for next time. I end up scribbling all over the pattern envelope trying to find a bit of white space to take notes on – so I added a section in the back of the booklet for notes.

Another thing I love doing is keeping track of the times i’ve used the pattern, how it turned out and what fabrics i used (whether they work or not etc etc) – so I created a little pattern log, to record the times you make it, what fabric you used and maybe some ideas for what you’d like to do next time.

And lastly – I honestly think that you can get so much mileage out of a pattern by making tiny alterations, or adding little details – so in each instruction booklet is a little section of ideas (complete with sketches!) of how you might further customize your garment design, if you’re so inclined.

I really hope you enjoyed my little tour! I’ve put so much of my heart and soul and time into these patterns – and I just hope you love them as much as I do!

I’m so excited friends!

The Darling Ranges patterns will be available in my store this afternoon!! XOXO

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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Erin/babesinthriftland
11 years ago

How cute and helpful! What difficulty level would you say the sewing is? I’ve made one skirt with a pattern before so I’m thinking this might be too hard for me. :)

Sarah
11 years ago

I love this! Depending on how much time it would take, do you think you could include (either on the shop site, here, or wherever!) fabric suggestions for each pattern you release? I’m excited to explore a couple different ones but I don’t have a sense yet of what is good with what types of patterns. If it’s too big/annoying a request no worries!

Sarah
11 years ago
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Then you really did think of everything!! How awesome :) Can’t wait to grab it and start sewing again soon. I had gotten really frustrated with some stuff, especially a lot of typical problems with patterns that you addressed in how you designed your sewing patterns :)

Julia
11 years ago

I am usually so intimidated by patterns, but yours are so friendly and they look really easy to follow! (They’re also not tacky and slightly-out-of-style like a lot of store bought patterns are.)

I am so excited to give yours a try in the future!

xx.

Portia
11 years ago

Megan, I’m so impressed with all of those extra details you’ve spent time on. I HATE those fold out instructions. It’s like unfolding a road atlas or something and they never fold back properly. I hate flimsy tissue paper (which also never goes back in the envelope!). The section for notes and alternative deign details is genius. Well done you!
Px

luvinthemommyhood
11 years ago

OMG!!! You are ahhhhmmmazing!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously! I’m dying right now!!!!! What a great job my dear. I cannot even begin to imagine how much work went into this. way to go! Congrats!

Sarah
11 years ago

They look great! You can definitely tell that a lot of work went into making the patterns! Great job! :)

Valerie
11 years ago

Love all these great pattern features! The Big 4 pattern companies should really take a cue from you – these are much more “user-friendly” than theirs! Love the packaging as well. I look forward to buying this soon!

Rebecca
11 years ago

That looks awesome! All those extras that I never would’ve thought of but are so PERFECT! I can’t wait to try!

Annelise
Annelise
11 years ago

Meg your patterns look amazing! Love that you’ve taken patterns in to the 21st Century! Can’t wait until they’re released

JoAnn
JoAnn
11 years ago

Meg – what a fantastic improvement you have made on the whole “pattern” concept! I can so identify with the intructions being printed on a map like style – what a pain in the butt trying to follow from one side of the paper to the next, not to mention the problem in home ec class when table space was limited.
Be proud of the accomplishments, I think you may have just given the sewing world a real, workable, wonderful product. Can’t wait to see them in your shop, hopefully some of the styles will suit this “grammy” ;)

Stephanie
11 years ago

I can’t wait to sew this dress! It’s darling. I love all the extra touches you put into your product.

Alli (One Pearl Button)

Oh my goodness – so exciting!! I love the booklet form and the pattern log ideas. Fantastic. Congrats, Megan!

shirly
shirly
11 years ago

i love how much thought you put into them! i think the shopping the list and the fact that you made the pattern into a booklet is so helpful! i will be sure to get the darling ranges pattern!

Shelly
11 years ago

How thoughtful to include these features. They, to me, are the sort of things that should be included in ALL patterns including the big commercial companies.

Paunnet
11 years ago

I’m so excited!
Although, I have a couple questions: do you think you’ll stock your patterns in European stores? And, do you know approximately when your next patterns will be available? I just ask this to know if it’s worth waiting, because shipping costs to Italy basically kill me!

Laura
11 years ago

WOW! You truly deserve some recognition for these. These look so amazing. It shows how a little thought and consideration really makes a product. And it is such a bonus that they are patterns for things I would really wear too! Will I be able to order them from the UK?
xxx

Suzie
11 years ago

Oh wow, this is truely fantastic! You have put so much thought and hard work into these and it really shows. I love the idea of the pattern log and also the suggested modifications – that’s a lovely touch. I can’t wait for you to release these!!!!

Meg
Meg
11 years ago

Those patterns look INCREDIBLE! You did a fantastic job. You make it look so appealing that it makes me want to take up sewing.

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Elizabeth
11 years ago

Oh my gosh! This is amazing. You really have thought of everything – these are EXACTLY the problems everyone has with patterns, and you’ve addressed all of them! They will be a dream to work with and it looks like you truly have thought of everything. I’m very impressed, you did a wonderful job!

Sorcha
11 years ago

These look amazing! I bet your customers will be so grateful for all the little details and attention to detail you’ve put into the whole design. :)

Sorcha x
Bonfire Brunette

Lo Hood
11 years ago

So perfect! Wow you are really changing the way I think about patterns…they are always such a hassle and often so confusing. Great work, seems as though you’ve really perfected this talent. :) -Lo

Kristin
11 years ago

CONGRATULATIONS! This is so amazing Meg! I’m so excited for you – they look wonderful. Everything from the shopping list to the velcro to the alterations ideas are all so brilliant! can’t wait to get my hands on one! XO!

Brittany
11 years ago

these are so amazing! i can tell you put a lot of thought into the little details; it makes a big difference! i’m excited to buy some and try them out!

Kathleen
Kathleen
11 years ago

These are lovely. You’ve put so much thought into the details and the presentation is so cute. One thing: any chance of metric measurements/yardages on the next pattern? Like you say, it’s nice to have a handy shopping list.

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