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Megan Nielsen Axel skirt V3 in stripes

Megan Nielsen Axel skirt V3 in stripes Megan Nielsen Axel skirt V3 in stripes

Really excited to finally start sharing with you some of the Axel skirts i made for myself whilst developing the pattern! I know, I know, it took me ages… life gets in the way right?

This is Axel V3, the slit hem option, in a stripe knit from Knitwit which i’ve had in my stash for ages. I actually originally bought this to make a tee for Buddy, because for some reason i love making him stripey tees. But in all honesty, i got busy. I felt a bit mean cutting into it for myself given i’d bought it for him – which i know is probably kind of silly, but mother guilt knows no bounds! This fabric is a little thinner that i would normally recommend for an Axel, but it had good stretch and the stripes help avoid it being too revealing.

Anyway, I’m actually really surprised how much i like this skirt! As you may have noticed, i don’t often sew myself stripes. I don’t find them flattering, and I just don’t enjoy the careful pattern matching. So i’m pretty surprised to find that i actually *like* these stripes, and on my bottom half?! what?!

This fabric has really awesome 4 way stretch, so just for fun to add a bit of contrast i cut the waistband in the wrong direction. So pleased with this choice. Trying to match the stripes on 4 seams was frustrating enough, so i’m glad i didn’t have to do it on the waistline, as if it was off it would have just looked weird – plus i really love how it breaks up the print.Megan Nielsen Axel skirt V3 in stripes

This has actually made me want to try a stripey waistband with say a floral skirt or something.

Now for the post title. I’m not going to lie to you my friends, my pattern matching on these stripes was mostly good but in some places, just not good enough. Not sure if you can see too well in the photos, but at the waistline, and close to the slit the matching goes a little eskew. sigh. Side seams and back are perfect, so you win some you lose some. I just didn’t feel like it was worth fixing (lazy?). Hoping it’s something that no-one except someone who sews will notice anyway (Right?).

Meanwhile, as you can see I have completely hopped on the whole lifestyle sneaker/ sports luxe concept. I’m actually incredibly grateful for it, and i hope sneakers stay in vogue for a while. Given the fact that i walk everywhere, this has been the best trend for my lifestyle. Get ready for sneakers with everything! And of course the last piece of this outfit is a cropped Briar – because i just live in those as you know :)

Megan Nielsen Axel skirt V3 in stripesMegan Nielsen Axel skirt V3 in stripes
[Make this look]

Top: Megan Nielsen Briar // Get the sewing pattern (cropped with 3/4 sleeves)
Skirt: Megan Nielsen Axel // Get the sewing pattern (V3 worn with slit at front)
Shoes: Adidas superstars // via ASOS

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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Kat - Lane & Co.
7 years ago

It is gorgeous! Wonky stripe matching and all. I really need to make myself an Axle. I have the perfect burgundy knit stashed that would be perfect. Need to stop sewing for the kids and sew myself something. It’s been way too long!

7 years ago

You look fantastic, Megan! Who cares about stripe matching when you look this hot! Many RTW items don’t stripe match and the wearer is still styling out to all, so why can’t you?

7 years ago

Great skirt! Another winner. The pattern matching looks dead on to me.

7 years ago

I recognised those Knitwit stripes as I have made a few things from them! I love your look and wish I was young enough to flash a bit of middle. Your skirt is perfection!