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Dawn jeans pattern tester roundup!

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It’s our favourite time again…our latest pattern tester roundup for our second jeans pattern, Dawn! Our beautiful testers have agreed to let us share their makes with you and I’m certain you will love the the many variations they have made of the Dawn jeans.

I really do appreciate the time and effort all of our testers put into the process for us. It’s such a valuable part of what we do and without you we couldn’t keep creating such high quality patterns…so as usual, I’m sending you the biggest of hugs!

Enjoy browsing these gorgeous makes, I hope you love it as much as I did. Don’t forget to check out these ladies blogs and Instagram’s for more of their sewing journeys.

Kten - Dawn Tester ImageKten - Dawn Tester ImageKten - Dawn Tester ImageWHO

Kten // Find her on IG @jinxandgunner and make sure to visit her blog Jinx and Gunner.

MADE

View A // tapered

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The options! I’ve only sewn one sew far, but I think it’s extremely generous to add three different fly options in a pant pattern. Also, I think this pattern fills a hole in the market for stable fitted jeans.

Lara Dawn Tester Lara Dawn Tester Lara Dawn TesterWHO

Lara // Check out her blog Lara from Handmade.

MADE

View A // tapered

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The ease of construction, the instructions and the options all in one pattern.

Natascha Dawn TesterNatascha Dawn Tester
WHO

Natascha // Find her on IG @peanutsandberries

MADE

View D // shorts

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

Maybe the comfortable high rise…or the vintage but modern feel…or the fact that there are so many options in just one pattern…or maybe just that they make my butt look amazing :D

Katie Dawn Tester 1Katie Dawn Tester 1Katie Dawn Tester 1WHO

Katie // Find her on IG @whatkatiesews and take a look at her blog, What Katie Sews.

MADE

View A // tapered

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The well-organised and detailed instructions.

Susanne Dawn Tester Susanne Dawn Tester
WHO

Susanne //

MADE

View B // straight

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

l’m planning some more in twill with matching top stitching so they’ll be secret jeans I can wear to work – and I ‘may’ have more denim on the way to make another pair already.

Suzy Dawn Tester Suzy Dawn Tester Suzy Dawn Tester
WHO

Suzy // Find her on IG @sewing_in_spain

MADE

View A // tapered

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The fit came together very quickly. I really like how the thread to use was highlighted each time. Highish waist and curved waistband. Sorry, that´s 4. Top was the waistband, really hugs the waist.

Amy Dawn TesterAmy Dawn Tester
WHO

Amy // Find her on IG @picknstitch

MADE

View B // Straight

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I liked how the pattern was laid out; each leg shape is a separate pattern piece, there are a lot of options for the fly, and the directions are clear and easy to follow.

Suzie Dawn TesterSuzie Dawn Tester Suzie Dawn Tester
WHO

Suzie // Find her on IG @ceyxic

MADE

View A // tapered

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I’ll probably use some dye-remover on the current pair to fade them a bit. I’d like to make a future pair with a slightly lower rise and a very light-colored denim.

Vanessa Dawn Tester Vanessa Dawn Tester Vanessa Dawn Tester
WHO

Vanessa // Find her on IG @vanaehsa

MADE

View D // shorts

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The button fly! It was my first time doing it and I love it. It is also great that there are so many options for the fly and for the length and width.

Andrea Dawn Tester Andrea Dawn Tester
WHO

Andrea // Find her on IG @andrearuglys5194

MADE

View C // Wide

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

Version C plus button closure = win!

Damar Dawn Tester 1Damar Dawn Tester 1Damar Dawn Tester 1WHO

Damar // Find her on IG @damarstudio

MADE

View A // tapered

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I love the fit, I was a little bit nervous because it was the first jean I made, but it looks amazing!

Claire Dawn Tester Claire Dawn TesterClaire Dawn Tester
WHO

Claire  // Take a look at her blog Hoopes Park Studios.

MADE

View A // tapered

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I’d like to make a pair of shorts next. I will probably lower the rise and add a little more room to the seat. In the pair I already made, I made the slim version more slim.

Taylor Dawn TesterTaylor Dawn TesterTaylor Dawn TesterTaylor Dawn Tester
WHO

Taylor // Find her on IG @tayallenn

MADE

View C // wide

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

It gave me confidence that I CAN sew jeans, and they CAN look good!

C Dawn Tester C Dawn Tester
WHO

C.  // Find her on IG @kranikel

MADE

View A // tapered

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The pattern is easy and comes together nicely. The size of the pockets are great too.

Annie Dawn Tester 1 Annie Dawn Tester 2WHO

Annie  // Find her on IG @anne.szeliski

MADE

View D // shorts

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I love the zipper fly instructions. They were very clear and the best I’ve read so far. As a curvier lady I often work with fabrics that have a least a little stretch in them, so I was excited to work with completely rigid fabrics. This pattern is well drafted for that and I look forward to making more!

Sonia Dawn Tester Sonia Dawn Tester
WHO

Sonia // Find her on IG @jadesovic2

MADE

View A // tapered

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The fact we have 4 very different views. And I wanted to test a slim!

Rosie Beckett Tester - 1 Rosie Beckett Tester - 2
WHO

Rosie // Find her on IG @haberdasheryandhaiku

MADE

View D // shorts

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

As I made shorts, I’d like to make full jeans and keen on a button fly!

Quinn Dawn Tester Quinn Dawn Tester Quinn Dawn Tester
WHO

Quinn // Find her on IG @gurly239

MADE

View B // straight

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I really liked the zipper construction method. And I also love the View B option, I just think it’s a classic look.

Ludi Dawn Tester
WHO

Ludi // Find her on IG @luptidi

MADE

View D // shorts

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

Construction drawings and descriptions, seam allowances included, sizing in metric form, variations available: everything !

Jackie Dawn Tester Jackie Dawn Tester
WHO

Jackie // Find her on IG @mzjackie007

MADE

View D // shorts

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

It didn’t take that long at all!!

Karina Tester 1

WHO

Karina // Find her on You Tube at Lifting Pins and Needles

MADE

View D // shorts

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The clarity of instructions for the fly, all the options available for this area and the views. So many options. The tall inseam is genius as it saved me from adding length for my 5ft 8 frame.

Paddy Dawn Tester 1 Paddy Dawn Tester 1WHO

Paddy // Check out her blog Dragon’s Flame Designs or visit her on Twitter.

MADE

View C // wide

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I’ve already got a couple more ideas planned, in particular I’d love to try making a pair with some embroidery on the legs!

Carol Dawn TesterWHO

Carol //

MADE

View D // shorts

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The relaxed style and fit.  I loved the chart on page 9 with the machine settings for the various stitches. I kept referring back to that through the process.

Emily Dawn Tester Emily Dawn Tester Emily Dawn TesterWHO

Emily G // Find her on IG @emilygutman

MADE

View D // shorts

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The topstitching! Although it was the most challenging part, I really enjoyed the professional look it gave! And the pockets were fun to do!

// SHOW US YOUR CREATIONS! //

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

Don’t have the pattern yet? Order Dawn today!

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About Author

Anita is the Operations Manager here at Megan Nielsen Patterns, and happily works on multiple areas of the business in any one day! Anita is the first port of call for any of your customer service enquiries, manages daily operations and oversees all pattern production, graphic design, website maintenance, inventory management & drinking all the coffee/eating all the cookies in the cupboard.

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Kathryn
2 years ago

These are all such gorgeous versions, and so many different choices with this pattern too! I’ve still never sewn jeans, every year I say I will, maybe 2019 will be the year. I know the curved waistband of the brumby fits me so well that I have confidence the dawn jeans will too!

Susan
Susan
2 years ago

Hi, I bought a paper pattern which states that zip instructions are on the blog but I can’t find them. Please point me out n the right direction….