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Virginia Maker Round Up

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One of the best parts of re-releasing a pattern is sending it out into the world and seeing what our incredible community makes with the new and improved styles! Today in our Maker Round-Up some of our favourite makers are showing all of us their favourite Virginia view & how they love wearing Virginia & Virginia Curve!

We hope you love their makes as much as we do!

Leila @leila.makes

One thing we were hoping for with the Virginia pattern is for it to be equally as perfect for casual lounging as it is for sporty activity. I feel like Leila could be about to break into a sprint, or lounge about for a picnic in her Virginia shorts! So, mission accomplished! She’s made View C with a wide waistband in this stunning topographical printed Cotton Spandex Jersey.

Lauren @laurelrosecreative

How stunning are these Virginia Curve leggings, made by Lauren in a luminous brushed poly knit from Blackbird Fabrics. Lauren mentioned that she loves making her own leggings because you can customise them to fit your own body. She’s added elastic to the top of her wide waistband Virginia View A leggings so they don’t roll down. And (my favourite) she’s left the hem off the bottom because she finds her feet always rip them! Ingenious! Can we share a bit of love for the matching crop top as well (self drafted by Lauren)! It’s the perfect set!

Keira @islandsewcialist

Time and time again we absolutely fall in LOVE with all of Keira’s makes! We might have to make the call here and now that her Virginia Curve View D shorts…are our favourite make yet! That super cute monstera print (a gorgeous design in Spoonflower sport lycra); those poses; the energy! It’s got everything!

Madhu @theskippedstitch

We were excited when Madhu let us know she was making two variations for our Maker Round-Up and even more excited when we realised she had a longline crop top to match! The various elements of the Virginia pattern were intended to be mixed & matched, to give you the ultimate freedom to create the leggings & shorts you feel most comfortable in. Whether that be long leggings with an elastic narrow waistband, or shorts with a wide waistband. The choice is yours!

Tino @sewstartino

We’ve spoken about how much we love a matching set…but it’s a bit closer to home when the matching set is our Cottesloe top with the Virginia leggings! Tino has created a bright and beautiful set using the Cottesloe Curve bikini top and her Virginia Curve View B with wide waistband & cuffs. Tino says that a girl can never have too many leggings (we agree) and that the sparkly set is a great motivator to go for more walks. She’s also got some great tips on sewing your leggings including a great trick about adding power mesh to the front of your waistband for extra stability!

Carole @carolerankin

Looking for some comfortable leggings for around the house? Take it from Carole that the Virginia pattern could be what you’re missing!

Carole was such a trooper to make these leggings for our maker round up even after scoring herself a new foot-based accessory after slipping on some ice! Using a super soft Tencel jersey, Carole sized up two sizes & added 3″ to the waistband to go up and over her bump and we’re so thrilled she’s in love with the result!

Nathalia @whatawondersewworld

When we were listing out the activities that Virginia is perfect for we felt like we covered most bases; walking, running, cycling, dancing, yoga, pilates and general lounging. We forgot something important…skating! Nathalia was very kind (and super super cute) to remind us that Virginia is perfect with your roller-skates!

I’m also so excited to see Nathalia pairing her bright lilac View B leggings with a t-shirt and sandals! So versatile and looks so comfy too. Are there any other skaters out there wearing Virginia? Be sure to let us know!

Nissan @the_firstdraft

One thing we haven’t spoken about much during our re-release of Virginia is that View D (shorts with a wide waistband) only needs a small amount of fabric…so using some fabric from your stash is totally doable! If you’re struggling to fit the pattern onto a small piece of fabric…why not colour block the waistband and add a panel at the side?

Nissan made her shorts from offcuts in her stash and look how gorgeous the result is! LOVE!

Virginia Curve Maker Laura
Laura @sewinglikethewolf

We’ve spoken lots about how Virginia can be great for activewear or lounging. So of course we stoked to show you how Laura’s amazing make is perfect for cosy outerwear! Laura’s made her Virginia Curve leggings in ECOVERO viscose jersey from Mind the MAKER; making a wonderfully cosy pair of leggings suitable for walking the dog and lounging at home.

To top it all off…I spy a stunning matching Jarrah sweater there as well! It just seems meant to be!

Thank you so much to all of our makers for sharing their take on the updated Virginia pattern! We can’t wait to see what you make with the pattern, be sure to share your makes on #MNvirginia and tag us @megannielsenpatterns so we can see what you’ve created!


Here’s the full list of Virginia tutorials :

Don’t forget to tag your creations with #MNvirginia and @megannielsenpatterns when sharing on social media, and check out what everyone else is up to!

Order Virginia today in sizes 0-20 and Curve sizes 14-34

About Author

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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