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coming soon // sneak peeks and the like

Sometimes i’m never quite sure whether to tell you all about what i’m working on, or wait until i’m done, and be all like, SURPRISE!

But i’m so excited about this next pattern that i really want to talk to you about it – so helloooo epic sneak peek!

I get so many emails from beginner sewers asking me about what patterns to try when they’re starting out, and though i have a lot of fantastic beginner level patterns (see Eucalypt, Cascade, Virginia, Briar) i feel like i want to offer something more. As you know, I love beginners, and part of my goal as a pattern designer is to simplify simplify simplify to make sewing great garments more accessible. So i kept coming back to this idea of the perfect beginner pattern. One that could be used for wovens and knits, one that was stylish and classic, and that was absolutely 100% beginner friendly but still interesting enough for intermediate sewers. And then i thought, whats more beginner friendly than being FREE?! Yes i did say free, wink wink.

So my dear friends, my next pattern will be a free PDF downloadable pattern – You may remember the Chantilly skirt from my 2011 winter ready to wear collection? She’s the one!

It will be a kick ass wardrobe staple circle skirt, with two waistband options, optional (completely rad) pockets, and a woven or knit option. I’m so excited its not even funny! Right now i’m at the stage of making a zillion samples and making sure everything is perfect before sending it out for testing. The only thing i’m up in the air about is whether to change the name – as there is a lovely dress by Colette with the same name, which may be a tad confusing, thoughts?

*update* thank you so much for all of your feedback! i’m so glad that everyone is so excited! Thanks for all the feedback on the name, it was a huge help! After some thought, I’ve decided that it will be called the Veronika skirt after my lovely friend Veronika, whose blog was one of my greatest inspirations during the time i first designed this skirt (though she closed her blog Tick Tock Vintage quite some time ago, all her outfits are still available on Flickr and she is on Instagram)

If you follow me on instagram, then you’ve probably already seen a few behind the scenes snaps of me working on this particular skirt. I’m so happy with it, especially since i’ve been saving this silk crepe since we lived in Virginia, and it magically matched a vintage zip i thrifted eons ago perfectly. I mean come on! fate! fist pump!

So my darlings, what do you think? tell me tell me!

photography by Sabatomic

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Top: Megan Nielsen Briar crop top // Get the Pattern
Skirt: Megan Nielsen // Pattern coming soon!
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens // Peep toe super high in “natural”

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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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Kelly Rodgers
7 years ago

Awesome!!! Thanks meg xxx

redambition
redambition
7 years ago

squeeeeeeeee! I love it! This is definitely the kind of skirt I’d wear to death!

How exciting :)

Miranda
7 years ago

Ahhh!! Love this!! Ive been planning to make a full skirt with a sheer panel cutout just above the knee and this skirt pattern would be perfect!! And those pockets!! Looks like I’ll just have to wait a bit longer until this pattern is released…
Well done on another gorgeous pattern, Megan!

Teri
7 years ago

This is so exciting! It’s a great skirt and I love that it’s going to be a free pattern!

Laura
Laura
7 years ago

Ooh! Those pockets are fab!! Love it :)

Julie
Julie
7 years ago

Very excited. I’d wear it for sure. Thanks and looking forward to it!

Sylvie
Sylvie
7 years ago

Love it! Can’t wait to make it! I do think a name change would make it less confusing, and easier to google. ;)

Michelle
Michelle
7 years ago

Very cool, circle skirts are a favorite of mine and those pockets look so fun! Thanks in advance!

Annette
Annette
7 years ago

Amazing, I love full skirts.

Marilla
7 years ago

Amazing idea for a free pattern, but definitely change the name I think! Love the pockets!

Liloo-Looli
7 years ago

So nice, I really like that kind of skirt !
That’s an amazing gift :-) thank you !
“Meringue” could also be a cute name :-)

Sam
Sam
7 years ago

Just lovely! How about calling it the Virginia skirt? X

Freya
7 years ago

That’s soooo awesome! Yours are my favorite of all patterns ever so I’m super excited to try this one! Thank you!

Heather Lou
7 years ago

Looks awesome Megan! Love the pocket details on the skirt. I would rethink the name thing, just for boring reasons like Google juice.

Lelania
Lelania
7 years ago

This is gorgeous, I can picture it in a deep red crushed taffeta for Xmas. Reminds me of”Gone with the Wind” free spirited, what about “The O Hara skirt”

Brigid
7 years ago

Oh my goodness! I am SOOO excited! :D

Jennifer
Jennifer
7 years ago

Why did I not know I needed a knee length circle skirt before!?! It looks perfect for summer :)

miss agnes
7 years ago

Love it! And the last incentive for me to really start sewing once and for all. Maybe call it the Simple skirt?

Hanne
7 years ago

Ow yes! I love circle skirts (perfect teacher uniform staple) and those pockets look rad. It’s lovely to be able to add something extra to a classic circle skirt!
I’d love to make some. Great idea!

Francesca
Francesca
7 years ago

you are such a sweetie. in fact, ultra ultra sweetie. Thanks in advance:) Love those pockets!

Elizabeth
7 years ago

How exciting! I know I’ll be making this when you release it! I think the name veronika is great!