megan nielsen

Yikes, Stripes

Do you ever sit down to write a blog post (if you have a blog) and everything sounds horrible? Why would I start out with this? That’s not exciting or enough to capture someone’s attention. I’m having that moment right now. I’m going to keep typing and we’ll see if we find ourselves in the end.

I had leftover fabric (again) from another project I made. That other project was baby clothes. No, I’m not pregnant. (yuck!) The clothes were for a friend of mine. She’s a fellow cat lady and this is her second kiddo. It’s a girl and who wouldn’t like to make a mini sized dress? Mini stuff is so cool. Expect mini humans… yuck…

I guess we could talk about the baby clothes first. I mean, why not? I seem to be meandering through this post anyways. Let’s get sidetracked!

I found a few free patterns for baby stuff. I’m a little wary about free patterns because sometimes they are just a hot mess. I know nothing about babies so if it comes out the complete wrong size, I’m not going to know any better. Having said that, these patterns come from Brindille & Twig . I chose the Ringer Tee and the Bummies. Which I don’t like that name “bummies”. What does that even mean? I called them scootie pants. I’m not even sure if that’s any better… So my thought was to take the ringer tee and expand it to look more like a dress. Pretty much like making an a-line skirt.

The shirt was easy.  I extended and expanded like I planned. I even cut a little strip to add at the bottom for a ruffle.  Also, quick planning on my part. If this kid comes out a boy, that’s okay because we’ll just chop off the bottom.  None the wiser, ya know?

The scootie pants, I made as is. You need something to cover the diaper right? I don’t know… I just assume you wouldn’t want to see that. Wait I lied. I didn’t make them “as is” because there’s a little drawstring.  I didn’t add that. These are so small that I can’t imagine needing to strangle the baby’s mid-section with a drawstring.  I know I don’t like that tight, chubby feeling.  I’m sure it’s the same for babies.

Okay, now onto the real reason I was writing this post. I made a shirt for me. The fabric I bought for the baby stuff was so cute that I couldn’t pass up making myself something from it too. Let me tell you, that I really squeaked this one out. Btw, fabric came for Joann Fabrics and yes, I had a coupon.

The pattern is the Briar Tee from Megan Nielsen Patterns. The thing I do not like about this pattern is the super low scoop neck. I feel that it flops all over the place and it pisses me off. I bend over and lookie! There’s my bra. No, just no. Needless to say, I always change the neckline of this pattern when I use it.

I think I was still vibing off the baby ringer dress that I ended up making myself a ringer-tee too. I do love ringers though so it’s not super big surprise that’s where my brain went. I made the bands for the arms a little smaller than the width of the fabric and it gave it a little bit of poof. Not intended, but I’m not mad at it.

There really isn’t much more to say than KITTIES!!!

To finish off a post about kitties, here’s one of mine: Freckles aka Fluffy Tail.

Cherry Crop

Still working through all that red sweater knit. Will it ever end? I’m not a red girl and making all this red clothing feels so wrong. The fabric was so cheap so I couldn’t say no. I like my little black cropped sweater for light coverage over sleeveless tops, dresses and such. Why not have it in red?

I’ve realized over the years of sewing that I need to make adjustments to a pattern on another piece of paper (essentially creating another pattern) and keep the original pattern intact. I might always want to go back to the original but I have a fast way to get my altered pattern cut. I used to write down my adjustments. This caused me to use the original pattern and then make adjustments every time. How silly!

Most patterns I make multiples of (see my love for Sorbetto from Colette). This cropped sweater has multiples uses and its simple enough to throw on over a lot of different outfits. I’m hoping to get a lot of use out of this… even though it’s red!

I created a pattern for the sweater body from the Briar Tee pattern from Megan Nielsen. It really made cutting this out a breeze. The sleeves are 3/4 so I folded up part of the original sleeve up to make it shorter. Easy peasy!

I cropped the top to a point that I was happy with.

Not a lot more to say about this little guy. The sleeves and hem are turned up at 3/4″ and stitched. The neck is a 2 1/2″ wide strip folded in half and serged on. I don’t even bother top stitching it. It lays so flat.

Not sure if I like this outfit but I wanted to get a pic of the top. I have so many things completed but I’m so lazy about taking pics. Check one more garment off my “yet to blog” list. Woo-Hoo!

She Uses Tangerines

Sometimes my fabric calls out to me. It could be a random piece that needs a friend to make something fabulous such as my last post. Sometimes it’s a piece of fabric that I’ve had for a super long time that decides it’s time has come to be made into something fabulous.

A tangerine knit whispered to me and said a tshirt dress it shall become. I was working on another dress at the time but decided I could make them concurrently. It’s does get tiring to work on one project throughout the day.


I used the Briar tee pattern by Megan Nielsen as my base. I raised the neckline to match my black crop version. I cut the length as far as I could with the fabric I had left. By the time I got to the sleeves I didn’t have the length I wanted. I had to add a bit to the length so each has a small band at the end.


There’s quite a bit of fabric pooling above my butt in this pic. I must have been standing weird. It doesn’t normally do that. If I make another dress like this, I would like to add a bit more swing but it could also be taken in a bit in the back do there’s not so much fabric there.


I hurriedly finished this dress to wear to a friend’s birthday party at the end of March. The weather was warm so I needed something light and comfortable. This dress was perfect and I received a few compliments. At least, I recall that I did. I had a really good time *glug glug glug*

I’ve been searching my closet more and more for dresses when I get ready in the morning. This dress is so ridiculously comfortable. I think it might be a good idea to throw a few more of these in there. Maybe change up the neckline and sleeves; possibly do pockets!

(3rd verse)

VD Dress

I’m not a Valentine’s Day girl but with a red dress it feels appropriate to talk about it now. Truth be told, I made this dress in an afternoon in December. I’ve been a horrible blogger lately. Hubby and I have bought a home and it’s been taking all my time. I good write an entire post just about all the things happening. Some has been planned but most hasn’t! I’m sure you can get the picture that I haven’t had much time to sew, let alone blog.

Okay, let’s continue with the dress!

I’m going to start with the fabric. It’s a red sweater knit from Wal-mart! It was part of my awesome score of 5 yds for $5. It’s a light to midweight, padow red. If it wasn’t so cheap, I would not have picked it up. I’m sooo not a red kind of girl. I can honestly say this the only red item in my closet.


The pattern for the dress is a mix of a Briar Tee by Megan Nielsen and McPattern Swing Dress. My original Swing Dress pattern is not a crew neck style so the introduction of the Briar Tee pattern helps to change up the neck. You can also see the tight crewneck on my cropped Briar Tee. I wanted more of a winter dress so that required long sleeves and I love an extra long sleeve so I added 3-4″.


The hem is a bit wavy but I’m not super annoyed by it. The hem is wide to give it a bit of weight. I’m not Marilyn!


There you have it. A nice simple red dress. It’s so comfortable and soft. I can easily curl up underneath it. Of course, it has some swing!


Add a heart necklace and I’m ready for Valentine’s Day!

Quick and Warm

When I picked up 5 yds of black knit fabric, my brain had to start coming up with more ideas than a long sleeve cardigan. Then I came up with the best idea! A 3/4 sleeve cropped sweater to wear with my Vogue 9001 maxi dress.

I used the Briar Tee pattern by Megan Nielsen. The cropped length would be perfect to hit me at the waist. I would need to bring in the neckline because I wanted a crew neck, find a happy sleeve length between the short and long, and lastly make sure the sides were fitted in tight. I didn’t want a big slouchy sweater.

I cut and sewed this in one day. More specifically, in an hour!


This fabric is so soft. The weight is decently light so it will be great for layering.


I took these pictures were taken way too late in the day so it’s me and my shadow. I had to take about two inches out of the sleeve width to get the fitted look I wanted. I cut the smallest size for the bodice. I only had to take an inch or so out of the sides.


I was able to turn up the hem on the bodice and sleeves 3/4″ for a clean edge.


The neckline is a 2″ wide strip folded in half and attached.


I love a quick and easy project. This was my final make in my old sewing room before I packed the girls up for the move. Frankie is smelling the night light for whatever reason…