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the Briar valentine strikes again

You know i can’t resist a Valentines themed outfit right?!

Basically i will take any excuse to wear my heart Briar crop. It’s changed very slightly since i first posted about it. If you recall, it was first a cropped sweater, which i wore to death, but i kept finding myself wanting to wear it in summer too. So about a month ago i took the old scissors out and chopped off the sleeves, and boom she’s a summer top! I think it always wanted to be a summer top :)

If you would like to make your own heart applique Briar crop top, head on over to my original post for the tutorial.

Also, debuting today, my midi Tania culottes! If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably noticed i’ve been experimenting with finding the best way to lengthen the Tania culottes past the knee, specifically to midi length, so that i can make a tutorial for all of you. This is one of the test pieces and i must say i am in love.


Which makes sense of course because it’s a Valentines outfit. Ahh full circle :)

And don’t worry, the tutorial will be available next week! xoxo

[Make this look]

Top: Megan Nielsen Briar // Sewing Pattern + heart applique tutorial
Culottes: Megan Nielsen Tania culottes // Sewing Pattern
Shoes: Skin Shoes // Manhattan (so much cheaper than i paid, sad face) 

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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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Kat @ House of Lane
9 years ago

OK I’m not usually a fan of culottes but I quite like these! I like that they just look like a skirt. I have bad memories of the culottes I had to wear when I worked my very first job at bakers delight. But if anything can turn those nightmare visions into a dream it’s these!

9 years ago

I love the whole outfit but those culottes are to die for – and I hate culottes! Can’t wait for the tutorial!

9 years ago

YESSSS midi culottes! Can’t wait for the tutorial! And this is a very, very cute outfit – but you knew that right ;-)

9 years ago

Yay! I can not WAIT for the midi culottes tutorial! And your outfit somehow reminds me of a modern elizabethan or 18th century outfit because the way the point of your heart comes down like a stomacher or corset. Love it! :)

9 years ago

Megs, that colour red looks GORGEOUS on you! xxxx

9 years ago

This makes me so happy!! I loooooove my Tania culottes and have tried a few times to lengthen them, with no success. I just can’t maintain the shape when they get that long. So I gave up. I’m so excited you figured it out and can’t wait for the tutorial!!

9 years ago

I SWEAR this had me looking twice because I was totally reminded of Ariel! If the culottes were royal blue it would have been a perfect match! Cute length and great combination with the cropped briar!

9 years ago

I can’t wait for the tutorial! Those culottes are adorable!


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