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Harper pattern tester roundup!

Megan Nielsen Harper shorts and skort sewing pattern tester roundup!

Are you guys ready to see the Harper‘s that the pattern testers made?! As per usual some of our lovely testers have been kind enough to let us share a few snaps of their test Harper’s. I’m so grateful to all of our testers, because they help us pick up on and fix potential issues before the pattern goes to print, and without them I know we couldn’t keep releasing such high quality patterns. Thanks gals, sending big hugs to all of you!

Meanwhile, I love seeing the variety of different garments everyone has made! I hope you enjoy checking them out – and don’t forget to pop on over to their blogs or IG for more sewing awesomeness.

Megan Nielsen Harper shorts and skort sewing pattern tester roundup!

WHO

Cara // Find her on her blog Cara Mia Made and on Instagram @caramiamade

MADE

Version 1 Shorts + Added her own patch pockets!

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I love the big pockets on the front. I love pockets! Also, I like that the shorts are so simple that you can add lots of embellishments. I added some contrasting top-stitching to the pockets and hemline. I wanted to add more, but I restrained myself, ha!

WHAT SHE’S GOING TO MAKE NEXT

I would LOVE to make the skort Version 2 out of some black faux snakeskin fabric I have! It would be super hot for a night out! I will probably also make a herringbone version of the shorts to wear with tights in cooler weather. I also love the idea of an exposed zipper in a bright color. Also, maybe even an unlined distressed denim version of the shorts too…. Ahhhhhh so many ideas, so little time!

Megan Nielsen Harper shorts and skort sewing pattern tester roundup!

WHO

Kelly

MADE

Version 1 Shorts

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The pockets!

WHAT SHE’S GOING TO MAKE NEXT

I know the instructions call for mid weight fabrics, but I would like to try a lightweight fabric. Possibly add a buttonhole on each pocket to fasten it closed.

Megan Nielsen Harper shorts and skort sewing pattern tester roundup!

WHO

Lia // Find her and her AMAZING illustrations on her webiste Lia E Marcoux

MADE

Version 1 Shorts with ric rac hemline

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I love the full lining, the booty room, and the subtle vintage vibe.

WHAT SHE’S GOING TO MAKE NEXT

I made a yarn-dyed cotton version with ivory trim, and I’d like a sleep pair in a crazy print with tiny pom-pom trim.

Megan Nielsen Harper shorts and skort sewing pattern tester roundup!Megan Nielsen Harper shorts and skort sewing pattern tester roundup!

WHO

Caroline // Find her on Instagram @caros_time

MADE

Version 1 Shorts

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The lining makes this an “investment piece” of sewing. Something that will wear well and last.

WHAT SHE’S GOING TO MAKE NEXT

I will make the skort for next summer.

Megan Nielsen Harper shorts and skort sewing pattern tester roundup!

WHO

Vaida // Find her on her blog here

MADE

Version 2 Skort

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

Accurate instructions, well-thought construction – and the final result just as expected.

WHAT SHE’S GOING TO MAKE NEXT

Yes, I plan to make at least one more skort for myself out of linen – and also shorts.

Megan Nielsen Harper shorts and skort sewing pattern tester roundup!

WHO

Heather // Find her on Facebook here and on Instagram @Heatherssewingroom

MADE

Version 1 Shorts lengthened to the Skort length

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The fit of the garment over the bottom.

WHAT SHE’S GOING TO MAKE NEXT

I would like to make them into a pair of trousers as the crotch shaping is really good on my figure.

Megan Nielsen Harper shorts and skort sewing pattern tester roundup!

WHO

Kellie // Find her Instagram @thekelzu

MADE

Version 1 Shorts

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The meticulous design that allows for a really nicely finished pair of shorts. It was a joy to put together a pattern that looks as good on the inside as the outside, and I haven’t taken them off since finishing them! Such a flattering silhouette as well.

WHAT SHE’S GOING TO MAKE NEXT

I’ll make another pair for sure, and, as not much of a skirt wearer, I am even thinking about the skort!

Megan Nielsen Harper shorts and skort sewing pattern tester roundup!
 WHO

Sian

MADE

Version 2 Skort

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

It was straight forward!

Megan Nielsen Harper shorts and skort sewing pattern tester roundup!

WHO

Dee // Find her at Making it Pretty and on Instagram @deedurrant

MADE

Version 1 Shorts

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The flat front of the shorts – they are so flattering. Even though they are shorter than I would normally wear they are such a great cut that it actually suits me. I also love that they can be lengthened into trousers.

WHAT SHE’S GOING TO MAKE NEXT

I have two further shorts cut out already. I have plans for a skort and I also want to make a pair of shorts on a longer Bermuda length.

Megan Nielsen Harper shorts and skort sewing pattern tester roundup!

WHO

Anja // Find her on her blog here and Instagram @gallomane

MADE

Version 2 Skort

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The ingenious way the skort pieces are constructed make for a superflattering shape!

Megan Nielsen Harper shorts and skort sewing pattern tester roundup!

WHO

Angela // Find her at her blog Tinker and Stitcher and on Instagram @tinkerandstitcher

MADE

Version 1 Shorts

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I like the details of the pattern, such as the pockets, that elevate this from a casual pair of shorts to something that can be a bit dressier

WHAT SHE’S GOING TO MAKE NEXT

I have already bought some denim fabric for the skort, version 2, to fill the big hole in my wardrobe of summer clothes in which I can feel comfortable, yet stylish.

Megan Nielsen Harper shorts and skort sewing pattern tester roundup!

WHO

Renay // Find her on Instagram @winding_bobbin

MADE

Version 1 Shorts

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I love that they were lined! it really results in a lovely finish. The pockets are also very cute :-)

WHAT SHE’S GOING TO MAKE NEXT

i am going to make up the skort version and I would love to make a winter pair in wool to wear with tights because victoria gets oh so cold!

// SHOW US YOUR CREATIONS! //

What about you?! We’d love to see what you’re creating from the new Harper pattern! Don’t forget to tag your creations #MNharper and @megannielsenpatterns to share what you’ve been working on, and check out what everyone else is up to!

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Harper shorts and skort by Megan Nielsen Patterns

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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Ellen Morgan
5 years ago

These shorts look great on everybody!