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the tencel River dress

Megan Nielsen River dress from Spotlight tencel fabric // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Now that you’ve seen my favourite pair of Ash jeans – I am really thrilled to show you my favourite River dress! Though you may have noticed this dress on the blog already, as i wore it in our family photoshoot!

Megan Nielsen River dress from Spotlight tencel fabric // Megan Nielsen Design Diary
Megan Nielsen River dress from Spotlight tencel fabric // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

This River dress has quickly become my go to dress, which is honestly hilarious given we made it from damaged fabric.

Back when I was making the samples for the Flint pants photoshoot, I bought some tencel from Spotlight that was just the right weight and just the right colour. Unfortunately after prewashing it I found that it had a permanent fade line right down the centre. CRY. I suppose it must have been from the fabric being folded in half on the bolt for a long time, perhaps in the sun? I couldn’t use it for product samples, so i kept it for pattern testing.

So when we were sewing up River dress test muslins, Krystal made this dress from that damaged tencel. She did a great job cutting and managed to skip the fade line completely. I loved how the dress turned out so much that it immediately made its way into my wardrobe. As i’ve been wearing and washing it I’ve noticed more fade lines appearing along places that regularly crease, and the funny thing is that I actually really love these wear marks. I think they have given the dress character and depth. I can’t believe that this fabrics tendency to fade along creases, which at first put me off using it in pattern samples, is now one of the reasons why i love this dress. The irony.

I hope to get much wore wear out of this dress, and given it’s classic shape and beautiful way that the fabric ages, i think i will.

Megan Nielsen River dress from Spotlight tencel fabric // Megan Nielsen Design Diary
Megan Nielsen River dress from Spotlight tencel fabric // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

photography by Annelise Nielsen

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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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Amanda
4 years ago

Thank you for sharing this Megan. i did notice this dress in your family photos but thought it was denim, perhaps due to the quirky characteristics from the fading. i was all set to copy you (You look so great in your River) with a light-weight denim River, but now I’m not so sure.

Rebecka Lindberg
Rebecka Lindberg
3 years ago

How much bigger than your regular size is this version?