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Matilda Curve Tester Round Up

Matilda Curve Tester Round

It’s no secret that the Tester Round Up is one of our favourite parts of a new pattern release! As we were developing Matilda Curve, we were hanging out so see what our gorgeous testers were going to whip up so we could get to this point…the Matilda Curve Tester Round Up! And as usual…we weren’t disappointed! We had one tester make more than one dress, which is always so wonderful to see! These makes are all so different, it’s so incredible to see how the pattern looks depending on what fabric is chosen. We even noticed a tester after our own heart by making a gorgeous gingham dress (hello Hope!).

If you’d like to take a look at the Tester Round Up from the original Matilda release, be sure to check out the post here. Thanks so much to all of our testers for being so generous with their time, we’re so thrilled to show you some of their makes! Let’s take a look!

Sue's Matilda Curve Tester Make Sue's Matilda Curve Tester MakeWHO

Sue

MADE

View B // Shirt dress with sleeves that can be worn cuffed

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The fit of the top, it would be great for work or casual wear depending on the fabric choice.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I plan to make the same top with a gathered skirt in a viscose fabric to take advantage of the drape.

Mia's Matilda Curve Tester Make Mia's Matilda Curve Tester Make Mia's Matilda Curve Tester MakeWHO

Mia // Find her on Instagram @knitandgrace

MADE

View A // Shirt dress with sleeve bands

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I love that although the pattern features a lot of construction, it still maintains an overall femininity. It can easily be dressed down with a pair of trainers or dressed up with wedges for a night out.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

My current dress is View A in a pretty thick quilter’s cotton which gave the dress a very tailored look. I loved playing with the small details of cutting pieces on the bias as well as lining in a contrasting fabric. I plan on making another View A in a linen/viscose blend in the near future. I’m rather excited to see how the dress wears in a floaty fabric.

Chloe's Matilda dressWHO

Chloe // Find her on Instagram @chlo_thing

MADE

View A // Shirt dress with sleeve bands

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I love the princess seams on the Matilda Curve – they made adjustments in that area super easy. The pattern is both smart and feminine, which can be hard to achieve, and I love the additional details like the box pleat on the breast pockets.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I made my first Matilda Curve in a blush pink rayon from Atelier Brunette. I think a denim version would be amazing, so would love to make that in the future – maybe with a different shade of denim for the waistband and chest pockets as a cool design detail!

Hope's Matilda Curve Tester Make Hope's Matilda Curve Tester Make Hope's Matilda Curve Tester MakeHope's Matilda Curve Tester MakeWHO

Hope // Find her on Instagram @hopefullysewingsomething

MADE

View A // Shirt dress with sleeve bands

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

My absolute favorite thing about this pattern is the fit of the bodice and waistband. I don’t have even a hint of gape across the bodice at the button placket and the waistband sits absolutely flat around my curvy waist! Finally! This is likely to become my new bodice block. I couldn’t ask for better.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I have made a number of shirtdresses, even those specifically drafted for curves. I haven’t ever made one with these results right out of the packet. I usually have to make two or even three toiles to get this kind of fit. The only “alteration” I had to make was grading between sizes, which I often have to do on any pattern. This dress is perfect for work or Sunday brunch. I can’t wait to make another in a silk noil for date night! Another cracking pattern from Meg that will easily become a workhorse in my wardrobe.

Elora's Matilda Curve Tester Make Elora's Matilda Curve Tester Make Elora's Matilda Curve Tester MakeWHO

Elora // Find her on Instagram @eloraledger

MADE

View A // Shirt dress with sleeve bands

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I love the shape of the skirt. It has such a beautiful drape and the perfect amount of swish! I’m also a sucker for the sleeve bands. Mega cute :)

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I’d like to make a matching set next. Lengthen the top into a shirt, lengthen the skirt to a maxi and a little matching crop top. A whole capsule wardrobe for all those holidays I’m not taking at the moment!

Lisa's Matilda Curve Tester Make Lisa's Matilda Curve Tester MakeWHO

Lisa //

MADE

View B // Shirt dress with sleeves that can be worn cuffed

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The clarity of the instructions and the design of the large side pockets.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

Yes I plan to make one in a softer fabric like viscose linen blend or just viscose.

Claire's Matilda Curve Tester Make Claire's Matilda Curve Tester Make Claire's Matilda Curve Tester MakeWHO

Claire // Find her on Instagram @belle_citadel or check out blog at bellecitadel.com.

MADE

View A // Shirt dress with sleeve bands

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

It’s a brilliant fit for for a full bust and curvier body and I just love the mix of feminine style with the slightly military-influenced detail.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I have a lovely big piece of magenta linen that I’d like to make the sleeved version with. I’d quite like to make a little fabric-covered belt to go with it too!

Larissa's Matilda Curve Tester Make Larissa's Matilda Curve Tester MakeWHO

Larissa // Find her on Instagram @crafty.engineer

MADE

View A // Shirt dress with sleeve bands

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

My favourite thing about the pattern was the fit of the bodice. The fitted bodice and sleeve bands are fun take on a shirt dress for summer and make for a lovely a-line silhouette that I personally gravitate towards.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

This cotton is actually handed down from my grandma and I thought it would make a fun take on this pattern. I also plan to make a solid colour version, maybe in a linen, for a more everyday version of this dress.

Tanis Matilda Tester Make Tanis's Matilda Curve Tester Make Tanis's Matilda Curve Tester MakeWHO

Tanis // Find her on Instagram @rockymountainstitching

MADE

View A // Shirt dress with sleeve bands

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The extended shoulder and breast pockets are unique details that make this shirt dress stand out from other patterns.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

This would look so cute in gingham, with short sleeves.

Nancy's Matilda Curve Tester Make Nancy's Matilda Curve Tester Make Nancy's Matilda Curve Tester MakeWHO

Nancy // Find her on Instagram @nmoodiemaker

MADE

View B // Shirt dress with sleeves that can be worn cuffed

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I love the attention to detail in the instructions and little tips along the way to make this a successful make with few, if any, modifications needed!

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I am really excited about making this pattern in a beautiful pink twill!

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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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