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Darling Ranges tunic + Virginia leggings

So as promised, here is the lovely Darling Ranges tunic i made for myself!!

I really love how it turned out! I absolutely adore this fabric, and i was thrilled when i realised that the dartless tunic version of the Darling Ranges fitted comfortably over my baby bump – and there’s still room- YAY! I’m really excited to see how long this will fit for – hopefully quite a bit longer because it’s so delightfully cool and breezy for the hot weather we’re having all.the.time. Though even if it doesn’t work for my whole pregnancy, i know it’s going to be super useful again once baby is born and i start nursing again. I used the variation instructions in this post, and made it “tunic” length with short sleeves. Totally perfect for wearing with leggings! Unfortunately i do regret not bothering to match the pattern on the side seams… but hey… sometimes i just can’t be bothered, anyone else in that boat?

If you’d like to make one just like this – or you like this fabric as much as i do, I actually still have some of it left! I was going to include it in kits, and just got too busy with moving house in a couple of weeks. Anyway, i’ve listed it by the metre in my store if you’re interested :) It’s a viscose cotton blend from Turkey and i must admit, there’s a part of me that just wants to hoard all of it forever because it’s so lovely hehe

Also, these leggings are another new maternity make. I used my Virginia leggings  pattern and made them in the maternity/low rise option. I’m a little disappointed that you can’t really tell in these photos, but the fabric is this really cool black shiny lycra. It’s the same family as the lycra from the silver coated leggings i’ve worn to death, but obviously much more subtle. I like that they have kind of a liquid look to them. Kind of wished we photographed in the sun so you could actually see what i’m talking about. I’m not going to get much wear out of these leggings now that it’s blisteringly hot – but i literally lived in them over my morning sick period when it was still cool – and i can predict they will be incredibly valuable again once baby is born and i don’t have the ability yet to fit into pants that zip hehe

Over all, i’m feeling pretty happy with how my maternity wardrobe is shaping up, you would not believe how many pieces i have to show you!

Darling Ranges tunic + Virginia leggings[Make this look]

Tunic: Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges tunic // Sewing pattern + Fabric
Leggings: Megan Nielsen Virginia leggings // Sewing pattern + Fabric
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens // T Strap Sky High
Necklace: Merl Kinzie // Clydes Rebirth 

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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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10 years ago

Very chic – just a question, how comfy are your shoes? The low ones look pretty comfy….. Just not sure about the wooden soles! :)

10 years ago

You always pick the best textiles! This whole outfit is adorable!

10 years ago

This top is absolutely beautiful! I love the print!

10 years ago

Just love it! You have to be the most stylish expecting mama ever! And that fabric is swoony!

10 years ago

love those shoes. you look great.


[…] and over again… Which is exactly what happened with the fabric for these shorts! After making this Darling Ranges tunic with it, i was so in love with it’s soft drapey-ness that i really wanted a pair of shorts […]

9 years ago

Hello, just wondering if this tunic pattern is included in the darling ranges dress pattern in your online shop? thanks, Emma