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Hovea Tester Round Up

Hovea Tester Round Up

We have had such a busy September talking all about the Hovea Quilt Coat & Jacket pattern! While all of the sewalong and guest maker posts have been so interesting and informative, one of the most important posts of a new pattern release is this one right here. This is where our irreplaceable testers get to show off their makes in the Hovea Tester Round Up! The testing process is absolutely vital when we are developing a new pattern. Our testers are encouraged to give their honest and unfiltered thoughts on the pattern and let us know how each step of the making process went, often resulting in important updates/changes being made to improve the pattern. Hovea was no different! Without these testers, we couldn’t have made the pattern that we are so proud of.

So to every one of our Hovea pattern testers, we want to send you a big cosy, quilted, patchwork, lined, unlined, belted, unbelted (insert other Hovea variations here) hug!

Let’s check out their makes!

Alene Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Alene  // @alenesews

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PATTERN?

The best part of any Megan Nielsen Patterns is all of the options but I cannot believe that I can get a lined, unlined or quilted coat all from one pattern. Talk about an all-in-one!

Angela Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Angela  // @craftedbyangela

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PATTERN?

The pockets! I love how big they are, they can fit so much into them!

Megan Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Megan  // @meggipeg

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PATTERN?

I love the large pockets and the fun you can have with different quilting patterns.

Carmen Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Carmen  // @carmenmakesstuff

ANY FUTURE VERSIONS PLANNED?

I have a second cropped version cut out for a friend, in some remnant french terry. I think this second version will be a much more relaxed fit due to the fabric change (my first one is done in denim/quilting cotton) so I’m excited to see the finished product.

Alice Hovea testerWHO

Alice  // @alicemakes

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PATTERN?

POCKETS. Definitely, the pockets, I like that they’re not completely flat too, the angle means I can place some knitting in there and knit on the sly!

Ioanna Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Ioanna  // @alleycraft

DO YOU HAVE ANY FUTURE VERSIONS PLANNED?

I would like to try the same again with another, not so thick, fabric and I would also like to make version E.

Simona Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Simona  // @draculashbv

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PATTERN?

My favourite thing about this pattern is its versatility. With the pattern instructions, you get so many ideas to make the jacket special as well as your imagination being stimulated to come up with even more ideas of how you can change it to fit your own taste and needs.

Brianne Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Brianne  // @bkroupa

DO YOU HAVE ANY FUTURE VERSIONS PLANNED?

Yes, I am thinking of a View C, color blocked. A quilted version cut from a quilt. and a linen version more of a spring light layer. Oh so many options.

Jessica Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Jessica  // @mrswongyeo

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PATTERN?

Great wardrobe staple.

Danielle Hovea tester MakeWHO

Danielle  // @sewcialliberty

DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER VERSIONS PLANNED?

Yes. I have version A cut out from a poly crepe which I’m also making a sleeveless dress from so it will be a set.

Amy Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Amy //

ANY FUTURE VERSIONS PLANNED?

I think my next make will be a quilted version using sashiko stitches for the quilting. That will take a while, but be satisfying!

Denise Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Denise //

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN?

Many styling options. Versatile. Loved how you included which pages to print for each view.

Sally Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Sally  // @teacup_threads

DO YOU HAVE ANY FUTURE VERSIONS PLANNED?

I’m planning on making a full length coat in wool for Winter! Something in mustard or forrest green.

Heather Tester Hovea MakeWHO

Heather  // Heather Handmade

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PATTERN?

It’s such a cozy, warm jacket. I love the long length and giant pockets.

Emiko Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Emiko  // @chickpeasewinglove

DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER VERSIONS PLANNED?

I used medium weight cotton which was quite stiff, so I’d like to use something a bit more soft and drapy for the next one.

Katie Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Katie  // @katiemakes 

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PATTERN?

The lining method was really fun (in a geeky sewing kind of way), also love the pockets!

Samantha Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Samantha  // @crafternoonteas

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PATTERN?

Fits well around the neckline, the jacket could be made in so many different fabrics!

Jessica Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Jessica  // @hodgypodge

WHAT DID YOU ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT THE PATTERN?

The variety of options throughout the pattern and ease of putting it together with a lining that went in so simply. The clean lines of the pattern excited me about it initially.

Kate Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Kate  // @sew_they_say or check out Sew They Say

WHAT DID YOU ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT THE PATTERN?

As someone who generally makes knit garments, I found it a really great intro to woven matters!

Jessie Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Jessie  // @huenmade or check out her blog

WHAT DID YOU ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT THE PATTERN?

The clean finishing (even without lining) and the final look.

Leah Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Leah  //

DO YOU HAVE ANY FUTURE VERSIONS PLANNED?

Probably going to try a version with a more flowy fabric next time. My version is with a damask silk that was gifted to me, it’s quite stiff and scratchy so I used french seams to keep all of the raw edges hidden. I’m chuffed that the pattern was easy enough for me to be able to do french seams throughout, even the sleeves!

Priscilla Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Priscilla  //

DO YOU HAVE ANY FUTURE VERSIONS PLANNED?

Yes, I will make it again. I would like to make another one using merino wool, and a pieced one from Japanese cotton fabric, I will also make a sleeveless version and I will try it in boiled wool.

Mady Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Mady  // @thewardrobeproject

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN?

I loved that you included separately the pages that one should print for each version and especially for each pattern piece. That would be lovely when I would like to hack a version maybe and I need to print only specific pattern pieces. Saves up so much paper waste. I also loved that you included so many variations. I like to spend money on a pattern I know I can make many things with.

Stephany Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Stephany  //

DO YOU HAVE ANY FUTURE VERSIONS PLANNED?

I have plans for a quilted long version & a mid-length, bound version in a rustic silk & linen stripe.

Bridget Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Bridget  // @positively_bridget

FAVOURITE PART OF THE PATTERN?

I made this coat-length Hovea from fabrics I bought at my local thrift store a few years ago. I never thought to put them together until now, and it’s such a fun combination!

Claudia Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Claudia  //

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE PATTERN?

Thank you for allowing me to participate in the testing of this pattern. I’m super happy with my reversible jacket. I can pick and choose which to wear which way on my mood!

Julie Hovea Tester MakeWHO

Julie  // @american_happy

WHAT DID YOU ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT THE PATTERN?

It sewed up like a dream.

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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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Lori S.
Lori S.
8 months ago

I love seeing all these makes. A lot of fabulous inspiration here! One thing: as a newbie to garment sewing, I wish that the fabrics used in each version were listed. When I see one that inspires me, I really need to know the type and weight of fabric used. I come from quilting where the types and weights of fabrics are largely a given and color/patterning selection comprise your choices. As a garment-sewing novice, that is the hardest part of sewing for me, especially with patterns that give you lots of lovely options like this one: what fabrics give which looks? Just something to consider for future posts for those of us who struggle with fabric selection.

Meg
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Meg
8 months ago
Reply to  Lori S.

Lori this is a fantastic suggestion! Thank you so much for speaking up, this is such a good idea and we’ll endeavor to add this to future posts. xo

Barb Friesen
Barb Friesen
1 month ago

Hi Meg. Your patterns inspire me to start sewing garments again, which I haven’t done for years. I used to sew everything for myself and my 3 sons. I’d like to offer a suggestion. Would it be possible to add a hood to the Hovea pattern? I’ve been looking for a jacket for quite a while that has that feature, but I haven’t found anything that I like as much as Hovea. Thanks for your wonderful patterns, I’m looking forward to making quite a few of them.

Meg
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Meg
1 month ago
Reply to  Barb Friesen

Hi Barb! Thanks for the kind words and the suggestion. We’ve heard from so many people that they would like a hood add on for Hovea, so it’s definitely something we will be working on as a future add on. We’ll share through the newsletter when it’s ready! Happy sewing xo