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Matilda Extended Sizes And New Variation!

Matilda is now in extended sizes and includes a new variation!

I’m so excited to announce that our much loved Matilda shirt dress pattern is now available in our full size range AND includes a brand new variation! Oh and did I mention we added two more sizes to our Curve range? We’ve worked so hard on this update and poured so much thought and care into both Matilda Curve 14-34 and Matilda 0-20 and I really hope you love them as much as we enjoyed working on them for you.

Matilda is a utility style shirt dress full of beautiful tailored details. The pattern features princess seams; drop shoulder or sleeves; pleated breast pockets; an A-line skirt with roomy statement pockets; and a collar and stand. 

I’m going to go through what specifically has been updated and detail each of the variations, and tell you a little bit about them and how you can use them!

The Matilda sewing pattern in sizes 0-20 includes sleeve bands or sleeves | Megan Nielsen Patterns

What has changed?

The pattern pieces have been re-graded to include additional sizes – Matilda originally included 5 sizes, and now includes 11!

Matilda Curve has been drafted based on our curve block and includes the same style details as Matilda, thoughtfully applied with a curvey figure in mind.

Both patterns include a brand new variation for a shirt dress with cuffed sleeves.

Both 0-20 and Curve 14-30 PDF patterns now include size layering so that you can choose to print all sizes or just the size you will be cutting out.

Introducing Matilda Curve available in sizes 14-34 | Megan Nielsen Patterns

Choosing your size range

If you find yourself in the crossover 14-20 sizes and are struggling to choose between the Matilda and Matilda Curve patterns we will have a comprehensive post tomorrow detailing how to choose the pattern that’s best for you.

Matilda Curve View A - Shirt dress with drop shoulder and sleeve bands | Megan Nielsen PatternsMegan Nielsen Matilda Dress View A | Sizes 0-20Megan Nielsen Matilda Curve Dress View A | Sizes 14-34Matilda View A - Shirt dress with drop shoulder and sleeve bands | Megan Nielsen Patterns

View A – Shirt dress with sleeve bands

This is the original view of Matilda and includes a slight drop shoulder with sleeve bands. This is a great option if you don’t love inserting sleeves as the sleeve band is a simpler insertion. It’s also a really fun version to use with a border print or gingham fabric as the bands really show those designs off.

Both views include beautiful princess seams and classic tailoring techniques.

For our samples we decided to play with the direction of the gingham fabric and cut the waistband, yokes, breast pockets and placket on the bias. It provides such beautiful contrast and is one of my favourite samples ever! For our khaki linen sample we let the topstitching shine and had a lot of fun using that highlight all the beautiful style lines of this pattern.

Matilda View B - Shirt dress with sleeves that can be cuffed | Megan Nielsen PatternsMegan Nielsen Matilda Curve Dress View B | Sizes 14-34Megan Nielsen Matilda Dress View B | Sizes 0-20Matilda View B - Shirt dress with sleeves that can be cuffed | Megan Nielsen Patterns

View B – Shirt dress with sleeves

Adding a sleeve version to Matilda dress was the most highly requested pattern add on of all time! So of course I had to do it for you :) I’m not a fan of expansion packs and wanted to make sure that everyone could access the new sleeve, so instead of releasing the sleeve as an expansion we have included it as a new view in Matilda!

The sleeve includes a loose fit and is ideal for wearing cuffed, however you can wear it elbow length if preferred.

For our samples we couldn’t resist using another gingham – and this one is a little different as it is a larger scale and more rectangular in shape. Don’t be afraid of non-square gingham, you can still get gorgeous results!

The Matilda Sewing Pattern is Now In Extended Sizes - 0-34!

All the Tutorials!

To celebrate the re-release of Matilda, we will be adding more helpful tutorials to our comprehensive sewalong for the pattern in the coming weeks as well as some incredible maker features!

The Matilda sewing pattern in sizes 0-20 includes sleeve bands or sleeves | Megan Nielsen Patterns

It’s so exciting to finally be sharing Matilda in ALL the sizes with you all! We’ve been working on this one for a long time, so it’s always such a wonderful feeling to finally send it out into the world!

If you have any questions at all please let me know in the comments below or send us an email at hello@megannielsen.com. We’d love to see what you make with Matilda and Matilda Curve! Don’t forget to tag your creations #MNmatilda and @megannielsenpatterns to share what you’ve been working on, and check out what everyone else is up to!

Introducing Matilda Curve available in sizes 14-34 | Megan Nielsen Patterns

Don’t have the pattern yet?!

Don't have the Matilda pattern yet?

Order Matilda today in sizes 0-20
or Curve sizes 14-34!

About Author

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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Rosalind
Rosalind
1 year ago

Loved the old sleeves but these look wonderful too! Just purchased!

Kathy
Kathy
1 year ago

So I have to buy the pattern again to get the sleeve add on? Not happy about that, the patterns are nice but expensive.