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Briar Variation: The Briar dress

Briar Variation: The Briar Dress // Tutorial by the Megan Nielsen Blog

I knew I needed to make a Briar dress. It really had to happen. I’ve been obsessing over the idea since I started planning the sewalong. I actually still have two more I want to make, a maxi and another that’s a surprise :) But I might wait on those for a few weeks because otherwise, this sewalong will just run on forever and ever with all the variations I want to cover.

I spent quite a while choosing the right fabric to buy – I wanted to use a Ponte/Ponti knit so that it would have a bit more structure and not be too figure-hugging or clingy. I’m really happy with how it turned out! This is the Sprite Ponte from Tessuti fabrics. The customer service is truly fantastic – I highly recommend them.

I did make a bit of a boo-boo and made it a bit too short in the front (oops), but I think with the length the original length as I describe in this tutorial (before I hacked a bit more off! ha!) would be perfect. Made in a black, navy or more subdued colour – I think this would be ideal for the office. I still like mine, but it doesn’t work as well for everyday wear as I’d hoped in this length – but it does make a rockin’ date night dress :)

You’re going to fall over when you see how easy this was…

First, we’ll need to draw some cut lines.

I started with the front pattern piece first. You’ll want to draw your slash line at the widest part of the pattern piece to make sure there is enough room for your behind. For me, it worked well to draw the line right above the centre front hem.

Once you’ve drawn the front line, lay your front pattern piece over your back, and draw a mark at the same point, then continue the slash line on the back piece.

Both your slash lines should be perpendicular to the centrefold lines.

Cut along your slash lines- then spread your pattern pieces by the desired amount. Put extra pattern paper in between the gaps and tape in place. (I spread my pattern pieces by 9 inches. This was perfect, and I really should have left it that way – but then I got scissor happy, and cut the centre front hem 2″ shorter. It was then too short. I would recommend not doing the same hehehehe)

Then using a hip curve ruler or similar, blend the seamlines.

After you cut out your pattern pieces they should look something like this.

To finish sewing your dress use these tutorials from earlier in the sewalong:


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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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11 years ago

Very cute! Love the drape of the fabric – not too clingy which helps given the length. Is it too short when you sit?

11 years ago

Oooooh, this is the one I have been waiting for! I have two dresses planned, this helps a lot (I wasn’t sure where to cut to lengthen it). It looks really nice on you!

11 years ago

This is really cute! And what a great dress for when the weather starts warms up here! Love the idea of using a thicker knit like ponte for this variation. I just love this pattern… I’ve already sewn up two variations (a tee and a sweater) and just ordered some more fabric to make a couple more! I’m addicted! Lol. Really though Megan, it’s so fun and easy to sew – my first successfully sewn knit items. Your tutorials have been so helpful! Will have a blog post up soon! :-)

11 years ago

That is something I didn’t expect! Now I want a Briar pattern!

Cirque Du Bebe
11 years ago

You and it look stunning. That colour is to die for.

11 years ago

This is absolutely beautiful!!

11 years ago

Love this! What a great color!

10 years ago

Love it! Great pattern and color!