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Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges dress sewing pattern made in Grid check cotton flannel

I’m not sure there are enough words to describe how much i love this Darling Ranges dress!

We started working on this dress at the end of last year – I had seen a lot of people making long sleeved Darling Ranges hacks and I thought it looked like an amazing idea! I wanted us to try it out in the studio so we could write a tutorial. I chose a grid check cotton flannel that I was obsessed with and thought would make a really snuggly warm dress for our coming colder months. But once it was sewn up I realised that this was just the wrong fabric to make a long sleeved Darling Ranges. It just looked all wrong – the grid check print felt very heavy and overwhelming with those sleeves. And to add insult to injury the fabric didn’t drape enough to make them look flattering at all.

Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges dress sewing pattern made in Grid check cotton flannel
Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges dress sewing pattern made in Grid check cotton flannel
Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges dress sewing pattern made in Grid check cotton flannel

So I hacked them off and we hemmed it in the standard pattern length with the usual elastic cuff finish, and then we all fell in love with it! And as sometimes happens this sample mysteriously disappeared into my wardrobe ;) Which was perfect timing because the cooler weather is approaching and I was beyond excited to finally be able to wear it today!

This dress was another reminder for me of how much of an impact fabric choice can have on your final make! It can honestly make it or break it! I still think a long sleeved Darling Ranges dress is an amazing idea and I can’t wait for us to try it again, but now I know that I need to be careful not to choose a print that won’t be overwhelm the garment and to choose a fabric with enough drape that the sleeves hang nicely.

How are all of your isolation making projects going my friends?

Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges dress sewing pattern made in Grid check cotton flannel
Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges dress sewing pattern made in Grid check cotton flannel
Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges dress sewing pattern made in Grid check cotton flannel
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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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Sandy Bush
Sandy Bush
2 years ago

I love this dress! I recently made my first one, a wearable muslin, from quilters cotton to check the fit and work through the directions. It is definitely one of my favorite makes ever. I’m going to remake it soon with a softer, flowy fabric – with just a few tweaks. Maybe make a long-sleeved one for cooler weather, sleeveless for this summer, maybe a blouse or two? Have I mentioned how much I love this pattern?

Judy Coyle
Judy Coyle
2 years ago

I love this fabric from Megan’s shop! Have just made it up in the tessuti Felicia pinafore. Looking forward to more cooler weather here in Perth so I can wear it., teamed with a Floreat knit top just finished. I have yet to get the Darling Ranges pattern (else I likely would have used it Instead) but have been inspired by all the gorgeous makes, so I think it will be in the basket very soon. And maybe a copy of Megan’s denim version for winter layering! Thanks Megan for all your inspiration!