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Breakwater pattern tester round up: part two

who: Andrea of Four Square Walls

pattern tested: MN2202 Cascade skirt

what did they think?: “The Cascade skirt is a beautiful design that truly disguises how easy it is to make! This version took me a couple hours total, and the most time-consuming part was turning the ties right side out. My skirt is made of crepe de chine, which has the perfect amount of body and drape for the pattern. I straightened out the hem a bit on this version so it’s knee-length in the back instead of mid-calf length. I plan to make another one in a fun rayon print that’s a bit shorter and has the buttoned waistband instead of the ties. I know it’ll be a quick and satisfying sew! Thank you for this stunning design, Megan!”

who: oonaballoona

pattern tested: MN2103 Crescent Blouse

what did they think?: “This was truly fun to make!  The shoulder details are especially nice, and it was lovely to take my time and see the curves and cutouts take shape.  This is really an enjoy-yourself pattern, with wonderful results.”

who: Michelle of Handmade Martini

pattern tested: MN2103 Crescent Blouse

any variations planned?: “Yes! I’d like to do a solid black version – no collar – with a chiffon bottom to it.”

who: Michelle of Handmade Martini

pattern tested: MN2203 Tania Culottes

what did they think?: “The design of this pattern is GENIUS. Everyone who has commented on my version says they had NO idea they were culottes just based on the pictures. It’s an easy pattern to execute and has unlimited possibilities. They are short, so be sure to check the final measurements before you begin.”

who: Miranda of One Little Minute

pattern tested: MN2203 Tania Culottes

what did they think?: “I loved this pattern. Initially, I was curious how the shape would look, but the high-waist and flowy legs are so flattering! For the test pair I used almost transparent cotton/poly and chose to use them as a swimsuit cover up. They were so fun to wear around the beach resort, and I can’t wait to make some more.”

who: Miranda of One Little Minute

pattern tested: MN2101 Eucalypt tank and dress

what did they think?: “Megan Nielsen really shines taking simple lines and making them flattering and unique. I love the dress version of this tank, with the french seam detail down the front. It fits just right, and is so easy to wear! “

who: Kate of Sewing For Sanity

pattern tested: MN2202 Cascade skirt and MN2101 Eucalypt tank and dress

any variations planned?: “As it is getting cooler here in Australia I would like to have a go at making [the Eucalypt tank dress] up in a thicker knit ( like a fine or lacy sweater knit) to wear layered over long sleeve tee and tights. And maybe some large angled patch pockets too…

 For the Cascade skirt I would love to try and make a lined version using a sheer top layer ( maybe even lace) and a contrasting lining! I could also see this in a chambray or even wool suiting fabric for winter, if I could find a suitable fabric that was fine enough with suitable drape for the style.”

What about you?! We’d love to see what you’re creating from the Breakwater collection! Join the Megan Nielsen Flickr group to share what you’ve been working on, and check out what everyone else is up to!

About Author

Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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10 years ago

Wow, I LOVE Oona’s dress, so pretty!!

10 years ago

Gah! Even more gorgeous creations! Love these!

10 years ago

The culottes are truly cute and look fun to wear. Wonder if they would work as a tennis skirt?

10 years ago

Wow! I just love the first Cascade skirt. I am going to order that and the culottes next month. On the search for the perfect fabric now!

10 years ago

So many great versions of your new patterns. Of course, I love Oona’s. I am getting ready to start on a Cascade.

10 years ago

Hello Megan

I really like Andrea’s ( Four Square Walls) adaptation and I was wondering. Would it be possible to get this shorter version out of 3m ( 110 cm width)?

10 years ago
Reply to  Anouschka

Hey Anouschka! It really is such a lovely variation isn’t it?! To be honest i haven’t tried yet – so i can’t definitely say — let me look into it! otherwise we could check with Andrea and see what see used :)