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Embroidered Dawn jeans + merino Jarrah tee!

Dawn tapered leg jeans with embroidered back pocket + merino Jarrah tee // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Remember the embroidered back pocket I shared a few days ago? Here is the finished pair of jeans!

I made the Dawn tapered leg jeans in the full length (so i can cuff them to cropped) and used the same gorgeous enzyme wash denim that we used for our Dawn taper leg sample. I went for a much more copper toned top stitch thread for this pair, as well as the copper button fly kit we have in store. I feel like all these colours are working together so well on this pair of jeans, I love how they turned out! Though wide leg is my usual go to personal silhouette, i’ve found myself wearing this tapered pair at least once a week.

Dawn tapered leg jeans with embroidered back pocket + merino Jarrah tee // Megan Nielsen Design Diary
Dawn tapered leg jeans with embroidered back pocket + merino Jarrah tee // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

I cut a size 8 in the waist and graded to a 10 in the hip. I fall between the size 10 and 12 at my widest, so decided it would be easier to grade to a 10 then sew with a slightly smaller side seam allowance. It worked really well! Just incase I was unhappy with my decision i didn’t do the side seam topstitch until i’d been wearing them for a few weeks just incase i wanted to make any adjustments. I think that worked pretty well!

Dawn tapered leg jeans with embroidered back pocket + merino Jarrah tee // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

I’m really excited about the tee! A lot of people have been asking me what the Jarrah sweatshirt pattern would look like in a tee, so I thought it would be fun to try out a few options. This tee was used making just the View A front and back pattern pieces, and that’s it! I cut my usual size 6 and didn’t make any adjustments. It’s a super lovely cropped length that isn’t too cropped if you know what i mean. I simply turned in the neckline, armholes and hem and topstitched with a twin needle. Honestly it couldn’t be easier! I’m loving the boxy silhouette this resulted in and will absolutely be making some more.

The fabric is a gorgeous sea foam Merino jersey knit from The Fabric store that I have been hoarding for a year. I was nervous to cut into it… as per usual… and felt better about using a small amount for a tee and still having some yardage left to make something else later. I’m so cut shy sometimes and it’s truly pathetic. but I’m super thrilled with what a small amount of fabric this tee used.

Next up I want to make a woven tee – probably in linen. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

Dawn tapered leg jeans with embroidered back pocket + merino Jarrah tee // Megan Nielsen Design Diary
Dawn tapered leg jeans with embroidered back pocket + merino Jarrah tee // Megan Nielsen 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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