Sewing Pattern Review – Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges

You might remember this fabric from my July Sewing Haul, but since then I haven’t shown you what it became over here on the blog. You might have seen it over on my Instagram but I thought I’d give you a little pattern review her on the blog.

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I think I mentioned in my vlog that I was playing on turning this gorgeous fabric into a Megan Neilsen Darling Ranges dress hack and extend it into a maxi dress version. After some consideration I decided against this and went for the normal length of this dress. Mainly because I don’t think Maxis ever suit me.

Let me just say I LOVE this dress. It’s just so comfy! I made the unfitted version in this soft viscose fabric from Fabric Land (similar) which has made it a dream to wear. Occasionally I nip it in at waist with a belt but I like the versatility and think it looks fine without.  And hello, pockets! Love, love, love!

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The pattern was easy to sew. At first I had a little bit of an issue with the binding around the neck but it was easily fixed. I had the PDF version of this pattern so found the Megan Nielsen app a great help when sewing this together. Genius idea.

I  wore this when travelling to America and let me just say it is great plane wear. Comfortable because you don’t have to worry about fitted areas becoming uncomfortable when you’re wearing it for hours on end and covers you up enough when the plane gets cold, all while you carry on looking stylish.

I can’t wait to make more. I have plans for a blouse version from the lovely constellation fabric I bought while in America and would also love to try the version with the fitted waist. Overall just really love how simple pattern this pattern and how versatile the style is. It will quickly become a wardrobe staple!

Have you tried this pattern?  What patterns do you love for comfort and style?

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Pay Day Wish List

After spending all of my hard earned pennies on all the fabric I bought on my recent holiday, not only have I crossed a bunch off of my wish list but I also have too much fabric! (If that is such a thing.) So with that in mind I have recently been hunting for new patterns to try and put all this fabric to good use. So this Pay Day wish list is pattern packed!

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While I am yet to make a Named Pattern, their new pattern collection looks set to to change that. The styling, the modern styles. I love! So there are quite a few on my wish list but I think the one I am lusting after the most is the Helmi Tunic. I like the relaxed fit tunic and the neckline. But I think the shirt will be great to layer under pinafores or paired with skirts in the winter.

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Since making my Butterick B5030 I can’t get enough of wrap dresses. Why has it taken me so long to wear them? They are so flattering! We all know I love the Wear Lemonade patterns but I really like the Dita and I like the fact it can be worn either way. From the promotional mages I’ve seen I think I really like the wrap at the back.

I’ve always loved Madalynne’s bra patterns so when I heard she was bringing out patterns with Simplicity I was eager to try them. So these two patterns were high on my wish list. They were quickly taken off my wish list and put into my pattern collection when I saw the Simplicity patterns at half price over on Jaycotts. If anyone has any recommendations of places to buy lace lingerie fabric do let me know in the comments below!

What are you lusting over this pay day? Has anyone tried any of these patterns? Let me know in the comments below

Pay Day Sewing Wish list

It’s pay day! Yay!

So it’s that time of the month where I can think about treating myself to something new sewing-wise. I do have a stack of fabrics that I need to work my way through but I need some new patterns to inspire me.

Here are a few things I’m considering adding to my sewing collection, plus a bit of a fabric wish list. It is only just over a month till my birthday after all!

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Sew Over It – Doris Dress

Surpisingly, I’m yet to try a Sew Over It pattern. I’ve bought the Ultimate Trousers for my mum but never actually got round to buying anything for myself, despite liking most of their patterns. But I saw the Doris dress being released and saw Sew Over It owner, Lisa, wearing some of her versions and loved it. I like the shape and the button front. So if there is any pattern I will purchase this pay day, it will be this one. I have a bunch of fabrics already in my stash that I think will suit this.

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Tilly and the Buttons – Bettine

I’ve wanted to buy a new Tilly pattern for a while but have been umming and aahing about which one I want. It has been tie between this one, the Martha or the Dominique (but mainly because I want a sewing pattern with my name on). But thinking about what my wardrobe needs and which would be best suited to my stash, I think the Bettine has to be the winner. I’ve seen so many great Bettines floating around on the internet, I think it’s about time I made my own to join them.

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Wear Lemonade – Lila

I really like all of the Wear Lemonade patterns and I’ve sewn the Paloma dungarees which I love. So again choosing one pattern from the collection is a tough one but I love me a button front skirt, and this Lila looks like a great option with its side buttons. I do already have the Tilly and the Buttons Arielle but I think the shape of this skirt makes it different enough. The only downside of these patterns are that they are in French, but I have heard that this is going to change soon and they will be available in English. Yay, no more Google Translate.

 

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I think I have enough fabrics in my stash. But the real question is, is there such a thing as enough fabric? Assuming the answer to that question being no, here are some fabrics I have been coveting recently.

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Sew Over It – Entomology Story

While bugs might actually be a real pain in the summertime, look at how great they look on fabric! Even better yellow fabric. I just love this and think it will be great for summer.

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Rifle Paper Company – Les Fleurs Collection

Ok guys. Let’s take a moment here. Have you all checked out the Rifle Paper Co collection for Cotton and Steel? If you haven’t be warned as you might be popping the whole collection into your shopping basket for pre-order. Could it be any more perfect?

Unfortunately, I dont find myself sitting on a whole pile of spare cash. So while I might love it all, I can’t buy it all. But as I said it is my birthday in just over a month, so I might start hinting.  While I love it all, I love to travel, so am really drawn to these two travel-inspired patterns. When I orginally chose this I opted for the darker options but that first one is also available in periwinkle and I might already find myself swaying towards that one. Basically I have so much love for these, please someone buy me them all!

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Greatest Adventure – Camp

While camping is never high on my list of things to do (I camped twice at Reading Festival, that’s probably enough) I love the whole camp and wilderness theme. Maybe it’s Moonrise Kingdom and my love of Russell from Up that drew me to this fabric. But I just think the tents are so cute. This would be perfect for an adventure dress, maybe even a Bettine adventure dress… but maybe not one I’d take camping.

What do you think my Sewing Pay Day Wish List?  What’s on your sewing wishlist at the moment? Let me know in the comments below.

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