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inked darling // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Remember my too short Tania’s? WELL i loved that fabric so much that i made a Darling Ranges out of it too!

For me, cool prints call out to be Darling Ranges. There’s something about that sewing pattern that is just dying to be covered in a print. I so adore this fabric! I want to call it Ikat, but it isn’t really – it makes me think of ink blotches – or a non tacky tie dye.  I’ve done a lot of looking around and i really can’t figure out what to call this pattern other than “inky stripes” – so if you know better, let me know!

Also can we please talk about pattern matching? Because seriously, this print was insanely difficult to match. Pattern matching is something i don’t usually bother with – because with most of the prints i use it’s really not worth the time. But stripes, they’re a different story. With all those horizontal lines i knew it could look kind of ridiculous and mind bending if i didn’t put the effort in to pattern match – but goodness me! It was a real B$%&@ to match. yikes. I’m just going to go ahead and give myself a pat on the back for how good it is. There are some areas i’m not thrilled with (bodice side seams) – but overall i don’t think i could have gotten the pattern matching any better on this one. Fist pump!

So want to know the even better news?! I actually still have a bit of this fabric left over, so i’ve listed it in my store by the metre if anyone is interested! (Another fist pump?)

inked darling // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

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Dress: Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges // Pattern + Fabric
Blazer: Country Road // Similar pattern 
Shoes: Witchery
Necklace: Clydes Rebirth

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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Laura
8 years ago

Wow, that print is awesome! And it really suits the pattern. :)

Kelli
8 years ago

that fabric is amazing! love it.

Marina
8 years ago

That looks fabulous on you and well done on the stripes!

Marina :)

Teresa
8 years ago

Agreed…that is one awesome print. And you print matched so amazingly well! Nice work :)

SewMeow
8 years ago

The whole outfit looks great! Any chance that the darling ranges dress will also be available as download soon?

Suzie
8 years ago

Oh my goodness, I absolutely love this fabric – it really is fabulous. And your beautiful Darling Ranges dress is the perfect pattern to show it off too. :)

Cirque Du Bebe
8 years ago

oH woooowwww. You look amazing. Love the dress, the outfit, the shoes, the photos…that’s everything really!

Roz
Roz
8 years ago

That is some seriously gorgeous fabric… you look fantastic! Fist pumping with you lovely!

Miss Amy
Miss Amy
8 years ago

Your dress is just lovely and fantastic fabric too. Looks like my resolution to not buy any more fabric will have to start tomorrow (oops)!

Ginger
8 years ago

This looks amazing! I love it– seriously fabulous fabric, and your stripe matching looks great!

sallie
8 years ago

Gorgeous! That fabric is to die for!! Absolutely perfect for a darling ranges!

Michelle
8 years ago

Oh, that fabric is AMAZING! I love the way this dress can be casual and dressy depending on the accessories.

Ayida
8 years ago

Oh that’s tie dye for sure! And I really like the pattern, going to give that one a try someday!

Kriston lion
8 years ago

This is so flippin’ cute!

Eleyna
8 years ago

That fabric is gorgeous! I LOVE it paired with the blazer. Amazing!

Tatiana
Tatiana
8 years ago

Sooo beautiful! Where can I buy this pattern? Is it going to be available as a pdf as well? Thanks!

Jennifer @ Workroom Social

Love the fabric!! A+ on print matching. The dress looks awesome.

Nicole
Nicole
8 years ago

I love this dress but can’t find the pattern to buy anywhere! When I was pregnany earlier this year I made three of your maternity patterns and loved your clear instructions. I ran out of time because the boy arrived a titch early so didn’t make the fourth.

merla
8 years ago

Fell in love with this fabric and love your dress!!