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Durban Maker Round Up

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We’ve been (not so patiently) waiting for this post since we started out Durban Sewalong…the Durban Maker Round Up! We are super lucky to have some incredibly talented Makers on the blog today showing off their take on the Durban Jumpsuit. It’s so much fun seeing the different ways you can sew up this pattern and we hope you love their makes as much as we do!

Ella @handmademillenial

Ella has made her tapered leg, V-neck Durban from gorgeous tencel linen from Merchant & Mills. We’re absolutely in love with her hack of adding balloon sleeves and the super sweet vintage fabric-covered buttons. Can we also share the love on her video?! Durban in action!


Geri @geri_in_stitches

Geri made sleeveless View B, sleeveless V-neck with wide-legged pants and patch pockets. Can you believe her incredible fabric is hand-dyed using shaving cream?! Check out her blog post on her make here and of course, you have to check out her YouTube video on how she made the fabric! It’s amazing!


Mary @sablecraft

When Mary sent her photos through for this roundup, Meg’s exact words were ‘it’s like a Parisian dream editorial’! Isn’t it just?! Mary has made View C with a few edits! She’s inserted an elastic waistband and channel on the inside. Her buttons were a little smaller than she anticipated so she’s added them to the top of the jumpsuit but added industrial snaps on the bottom half! Ingenious!


Katie @kaleidoscopekatie_

Oh hello, floral Durban loveliness!! Katie has made the wide leg/ short sleeve combo with back pockets. She’s omitted the belt loops but sewn the centre of the belt to the back to secure it, such a great option if you’re not a fan of belt loops! She’s also used a little trick with the buttons below the waistband…can you see they’re on the inside?! What a great way to reduce bulk!
Katie’s little tip: If you’re using big gorgeous retro buttons like Katie on lightweight fabric, to add a little stability and to prevent your placket from drooping with their weight, she suggests adding in some sew-in snaps hidden between the buttons to hold everything in place!


Gowri @bypaary

Same jumpsuit, different light! We’re so thrilled Gowri has made this beautiful Durban romper for our Durban Maker Round Up. Looking effortlessly stylish and comfortable, the romper is made from a beautiful shot cotton that has a blue/black tone to it depending on the light you’re in!


Leila @leila.makes

We were tempted to create a blog post dedicated to Leila and the photos of her Durban…how could we possibly choose only a few photos when they’re this amazing?! Her jumpsuit is made from a burnt orange medium weight reversible jacquard. If you look very closely you might be able to see she’s added some secret pockets to the front of her View E, Boilersuit! We’ve mentioned we love pockets, right?!


Manju @sewmanju

There is something so cool and chic about a denim (or denim look) jumpsuit like this indigo cotton Durban made by Manju. One of our favourite things about Durban is its versatility. By mixing and matching different elements of each view as well as changing up your fabric choice – you can really tailor the jumpsuit to suit your style and the season! Head to Manju’s blog Sew Manju to read all about her make and the adjustments she made to get her gorgeous final result!


Nandita @divinedita

We would encourage everyone to check out Nandita on Instagram if you’re looking for endless colourful & joyful makes…and we’re so thrilled her Durban jumpsuit is just that and more! What a beautiful fabric to use for View B, flowing and bright!

Nandita confessed after she’d made her Durban that she is guilty of second guessing her ability to sew fabulous buttonholes. Thankfully she didn’t let that fear get in the way…she was determined to prove herself wrong…and look! She’s got an amazing 6 button placket on her jumpsuit with beautiful button holes. Be like Nandita, don’t let the little things scare you off a great project!


Tegan @whatteganmade

“Took my #mndurban out for a coffee and a trip to the playground and can confirm it had a good time ?? “ This was the caption Tegan added to her Instagram post on her Durban jumpsuit…and we absolutely could not have put it better ourselves! We were determined to make Durban the outfit you could throw on for all sorts of activities. You can bend down, reach up, run after the kids, sit down for a coffee (or even lay down for a nap) in your Durban and not give it a second thought. Tegan’s stunning linen Durban is View B, with a tapered leg and we’re absolutely in love.


Tino @sewstartino

We’re so happy to have sewing superstar Tino collaborate with us and make not just one, but TWO rockin’ Durbans! She has always gone above and beyond with our patterns and she knocked these jumpsuits right out the park! Tino’s gorgeous navy wide-leg Durban has got us hitting replay on that Mamma Mia playlist! And her stylish pink romper is a great example of adding a colour splash to your summer wardrobe!


Parikha's Durban Make
Parikha @productbyprocess

Parikha shared in her original post on Instagram, that wearing a jumpsuit is “being able to wear pants without having to pick out a matching top, in the form of socially-acceptable outside pyjamas.” We are 100% on board with that philosophy!! We love this effortless look, and Parikha is proving that you can match your Durban with your favourite cozy cardigan in the cooler seasons! We’re imagining this linen Durban will be just as worn in summer as it will in the cooler months!


Thank you so much to all of our makers for sharing their incredible Durban jumpsuits, boiler suits and playsuits with us all! We can’t wait to see what you make with the pattern, be sure to share your makes on #MNdurban and tag us @megannielsenpatterns so we can see what you’ve created!

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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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