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Workroom peeks // pattern testing

Megan Nielsen Design Diary // workroom peeks

It’s been too long since i shared with you a workroom peek!

Things have been pretty busy for us lately. I made the decision to take as much time off as possible during the kids summer holidays (Dec-Jan). Partly because i needed a serious rest after working so hard on my kids pattern launch, and partly because i just want to soak up every second we have together. Now that everyone is well and truly back at school I’ve been playing catch up on pattern development. I’m working through a rather large list of half finished designs, and I’m really thrilled to be finishing up a lot of designs that i adore.

I decided to take a few snaps of my process the other day. Though when i’m creating a pattern i will make many many wearable garments – i often end up making small sections of a pattern like this, to make sure that key aspects are working correctly on their own. I use a contrast thread on calico to make things easy to see. Things like sleeve insertions, waistbands, darts, gather ratios, pleats – i like to isolate these, and test them on their own. Here i’m testing whether a flared skirt fits into the waistband correctly, before making the full garment. Instead of inserting a zip, i’ve simply folded over the edge. There are no seam finishes, no closures, and i actually never sewed the skirt to the waistband, as from pinning i could see it worked beautifully. Doing this takes much less time than making the full garment, and it helps me be more efficient with my development.

Would you like to see more behind the scenes peeks at what i’m up to? Let me know in the comments if you have any burning questions!

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

I don’t know if I have any burning questions, but I do love these sneak peeks to your studio! I always find it fascinating to see how people work and what’s the day-to-day life like behind a creative business.

8 years ago

Yes please I love the sneak peeks! I spend too much time wondering what it is that you are making though ?

8 years ago

i undestand you , i do the same ! =)