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Current staples / River tee + cropped Flare Ash jeans

Megan Nielsen River top + Ash flare jeans // Design Diary

You know what I didn’t realise I needed in my life? Cropped flare jeans. I made this pair of Ash jeans while we were developing the pattern and honestly i’m completely shocked by how much I wear them. This was a style I had seen on a lot of fashion bloggers and wanted to try myself, but was a bit nervous about. I have to admit the first few times I wore them I felt a bit awkward (why do we do this to ourselves?!) but I quickly found they were the on trend piece I needed in my wardrobe. They seem to go with everything and are the pair I’m pulling out most often these days.

Megan Nielsen River top + Ash flare jeans // Design Diary
Megan Nielsen River top + Ash flare jeans // Design Diary

This denim is from MRecht and is really lovely – they don’t sell this particular denim anymore, but there are lots similar. I love how it’s worn so well! A year and half of wear has given these a wonderful broken in look that I am seriously digging.

As one of the last samples I made during our testing period I was pretty exhausted so left off all bartacks and didn’t add any rivets. You want to know the shocking thing? It doesn’t seem to have made much difference! I’m finding it hard to convince myself to go back and add them now!

Megan Nielsen River top + Ash flare jeans // Design Diary

The top is actually one of the samples Krystal made of our River top when it was in development. We had been testing how the pattern would work with jersey fabrics, and it made me fall in love with the idea of including stretch options for the pattern. This is a really drapey jersey knit from Potter & Co and this top stretched out SO much that it looks somewhat oversized now. This was actually a size small, but as you can see it’s come out much looser and longer than the samples for the pattern.

I was a little disappointed at first because I adore this fabric, and anything stretching out always seems like a failure – but after trying it on I realised it was the oversized tee of my dreams! Since it stretched out so much the v neckline ended up too low for me to feel comfortable wearing at the front, so i tend to wear it with the round neckline at the front. But maybe that’s part of what I like about it – a tee with a lower back is somehow a little more interesting in my mind?

This little tee really hits above it’s weight – i’m constantly pleasantly surprised by how many compliments it gets when I’m out and about.

So there you are, two of my current most worn garments! I guess all this time I was looking for some cropped flare jeans and a slouchy tee and I didn’t even know it!

Megan Nielsen River top + Ash flare jeans // Design Diary
Megan Nielsen River top + Ash flare jeans // Design Diary

photography by Bronnie Joel

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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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5 years ago

Love the River as a slouchy Tee! I never would have thought of it but I’m definitely going to make some of those up – thank you Megan :)

5 years ago

I have been planning to hack these ever since the ash jeans were released and now I’m convinced! These are so cute and casual but still polished. I’ve found that’s the feeling I get when wearing pants that aren’t skinny jeans. Also may I ask where your clogs are from? Love them.

5 years ago

Love your hair! Do you follow the curly girl method?