Handmade Wardrobe / Inspiration


A little while ago I was really excited to discover a fantastic leather supplier in Perth. I get a little giddy when i find a local supplier of anything sewing related. As awesome as Perth is, it’s also quite isolated compared to most cities, and sometimes it can be a tad frustrating trying to find “just the right thing”. Perth girls, you know what i mean right?!

Anyway, i possibly went a little overboard buying hides on my first trip, and wound up with some gorgeous black, baby pink, gold and copper hides. Of course i’m finding my way to use it all – like on this jumper!


I really messed up when i purchased this sweater knit and bought too little for all my pattern pieces to fit. I honestly don’t know what i was thinking. Maybe i’d originally planned it for the kids? No matter how i tried i couldn’t squeeze all the cropped Briar pattern pieces in . Cue panic attack. Finally i realised that if i pieced the shoulders with leather i could just eke out a cropped sweater. YES> now the happy dance.


Hilariously, i am so much happier with how this turned out than my original plan of a plain green sweater. I also added some leather elbow patches using this free little add on pattern piece for the Briar – and i’m suddenly remember how much i like elbow patches and am feeling the need to add them to everything.

As much as i’m always really happy with a garment turns out exactly like i envisioned – sometimes it’s actually more satisfying to salvage a disaster and end up with something more interesting.

So there you go my dears – it’s not a mistake, it’s a design detail hehehe


photos by Chris

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 Sweater: Megan Nielsen // Briar pattern + Elbow patch add on pattern piece
Dress: Megan Nielsen 
Tights: Country Road
Shoes: Beaucoups via Zomp

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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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8 years ago

The leather and knit looks great! And I love the velvet skirt (or maybe it’s a dress)…I think I need one for my Autumn wardrobe!

8 years ago

I love this color combo Megan! So delightfully warm and lovely. Now you are making me yearn for my sweaters… :D

nicole eaton
8 years ago

looks awesome! and yay for great local suppliers, since moving to the Gold Coast from Melbourne I have really struggled to find good local fabric/haberdashery suppliers

8 years ago

Ohhh, I love this sweater- I have a weakness for elbow patches. This outfit is adorable and is making me wish it was Autumn here in America!
Have a great day!

8 years ago

Goodness the last time I tried elbow patches on a knit they stretched out SO badly during the stitching. Total fail. What’s your technique to prevent this?

8 years ago
Reply to  Meg

Thanks so much. I definitely didn’t use a stabiliser and I used a knit for patches too AND I think I was zigzagging too. A recipe for a horrible warped disaster I think! Thanks again ?

8 years ago

Adorable! The leather patches really bring the sweater up a notch, to look store-bought!

Are pieces with leather patches washable? I’ve not used leather before.

I just opened a Etsy shop!

8 years ago
Reply to  Meg

That was my exact question! Thanks for answering it. I have all these leather scraps and I love this look, but I wasn’t sure how to wash it (and don’t want to pay for dry cleaning). I’m going to check out that post you mentioned.

Kat @ House of Lane
8 years ago

What a clever solution to not enough fabric. And it looks fantastic with the added leather details!


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