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Megan Nielsen matching ponte set using Briar sewing pattern

A little while ago we went to a fundraiser for my kids school. Which set of a kind of panic attack in my mind, as i really don’t have much evening wear. My lifestyle is quite casual, and there really wasn’t anything i felt would work.

Thankfully i had this amazing embossed scuba fabric from KnitWit just sitting in my stash waiting for just the right project. Since i had very little time to sew this fabric saved me quite a bit of time as i was able to skip any hem or neckline finishes. Phew! I’ll definitely be finishing them in the future, because i think i’ll get tired of the cut edges. I’m thinking fold over elastic so i don’t lose length in the croptop.

Megan Nielsen matching ponte set using Briar sewing pattern
Megan Nielsen matching ponte set using Briar sewing pattern

For the top made my go to Briar sewing pattern– the sleeves and crop length are standard but i raised the neckline for something a little different. I really like it and think i’ll be doing that again! The skirt is a very simple tube skirt with a slit to make walking easier. It’s honestly a little tighter than i’d like, but it’s literally all the fabric i had, so i had to make it work (insert Tim Gunn’s voice). Since the scuba is so sturdy i didn’t include any elastic in the waistband, it’s just a folded over band.

This is probably one of the quickest outfits ever – but it totally worked! I wouldn’t usually go for a matching set, but i think all black stops it from being juvenile, and i know i’ll be able to wear these pieces separately without being tied to just this outfit. I think if you’re going to make a matching set its really important to think about whether you can wear the components separately or not. I’m completely against making things for an event that can’t be worn again some other way.

Meanwhile, I think stretchy evening wear is now my new go to – SO comfortable when eating a giant dinner hehehe

Megan Nielsen matching ponte set using Briar sewing pattern
Megan Nielsen matching ponte set using Briar sewing pattern
Megan Nielsen matching ponte set using Briar sewing pattern

[Make this look]

Top: Megan Nielsen Briar // Get the Pattern here
Skirt: Simple DIY tube skirt 
Shoes: Skin
Bag: Vintage Coach
Necklace: Family heirloom

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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8 years ago

Va va voom! This is gorgeous. Sexy but very stylish. Yay for simple things!

8 years ago

The Texture on that fabric is quite stroke worthy! I do love a good two piece :).

Kat @ House of Lane
8 years ago

Woot woo! Looking good. Love the fabric you chose and who doesn’t love a two piece setacular!

8 years ago

looks absolutely gorgeous!

8 years ago

This is awesome! I love the cropped top/pencil skirt combo you look great! :-)

8 years ago

Va Va Voom! Megs this is rather fab. I think you’ve struck the perfect balance! I’m sure you will wear this over and over x

8 years ago

A stunning outfit. Oh to be young enough for cropped tops!

Nat from Sew Outnumbered

Stunning you gorgeous thing!! Love the two piece :)

8 years ago



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