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Banksia Blouse


Back in December I got the opportunity to test for Megan Nielsen Patterns. I have sewn many of Megan’s patterns and write for her blog as a contributing writer, but I have actually never tested any of her patterns. I was so happy to have the opportunity to test the updated Banksia blouse. This post and these photos were taken quite awhile ago, but I am so happy to say the Banksia Blouse was just released on Friday! This blouse is a great staple and like so many of Megan’s patterns there are so many options and ways to change up the pattern into something different if desired.

When I signed up to test the Banksia Blouse, I was pleasantly surprised I would have an entire month to sew my garment and give feedback. Having that extra time gave me the ability to really think about what fabric I wanted to do and which version of the pattern I wanted to use. I decided on Version 3 with the peter pan collar and used an emerald green rayon chalice with a black lace overlaid some black rayon for the collar. I’m really loving this blouse. It’s a bit more of an elegant look than I go for compared to my everyday look, but is comfortable enough to wear with jeans on days I want to be a bit more fancy. Or, it looks great tucked into a skirt on date nights.

This was the second blouse I made all the necessary adjustments for my body type. I have wide shoulders, so I extended the shoulders by 1/4″. I lengthened the back armsyce slightly. I did a SBA and added 2″ to the length of the garment. It’s kind of a lot of adjustments, but they are all so worth the extra time. These are all adjustments I should be making all the time, but only recently started taking the time and effort to do so. 

The thing I love about Megan’s patterns is they always fit together perfectly. Plus, there’s consistency in her patterns. The armsyce on the Banksia is the exact same as the Dove. So, yes, that means you can take the Dove sleeves and put them on the Banksia. Your welcome!

So, I’m sure you’ve noticed the wrinkles on my blouse in the pictures. Lets just say I probably learned my lesson. The photo shoot location was just a 5-10 minute drive from our home, so I didn’t think it would be an issue, but my seatbelt did a number to this rayon. Some rayon wrinkles easier than others and this is definitely one that wrinkles easily. The wrinkles usually fall out on their own in time though. Unfortunately, the sun was setting, so pictures were taken wrinkles and all. Can you forgive me mom?

I try to do photoshoots of myself alone. I had a horrible accident about a year ago. I took my youngest with me on a photoshoot. The tripod was set up, I had the remote in hand and I was all ready to take some shots. Before I even got one shot in, my son knocked the tripod over and shattered my camera lense. It was beyond upsetting, especially since the photos were for a feature on another blog so there was a deadline involved. I told myself I would never take the kids with me again. Well, my husband couldn’t get home in time and these photos needed to be taken, so I took all 3 kids with me. They did such a great job. We took some photos all together and I’m actually really happy I brought them because look at this picture. All 3 kids with ME! I don’t know about you, but I have hardly any pictures of my kids with me. It’s not because I don’t want to be in front of the camera, it’s just I happen to be the photographer of the family. Looking back at this picture now makes me realize just how much my kids have grown this last year! My boys especially!


Rowan Dress


I’ve been wanting to share this dress for so long now! It’s by far one of my favorite makes. Megan Nielsen Patterns recently released the Rowan pattern. It’s a super fitted tee or bodysuit pattern with several different options. I’ve been noticing for awhile that a lot of my makes are baggy around the waist. It’s definitely a style I’m most comfortable with, but I think it was becoming a habit since having children and I was ready to embrace more form fitting clothes again. I’m sure you other moms can relate.

This dress is snug in all the right spots and skims my body in the most flattering way. I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s made using a 270 degree circle skirt attached to a cropped Rowan tee. If you would like to make your own Rowan dress, check out my tutorial on Megan Nielsen Patterns blog, Design Diary HERE. I made sure to include measurements for all sizes too!

Happy Sewing!







Metallic Knit Toaster Sweater


Sewing is not something I am quick at. I seem to take forever to sew a garment others whip out in a night. Many of my garments take me 2 weeks to sew. When I first started, I figured I would get faster with time, but that hasn’t really been the case for me. Sure, I’m often sewing while carrying on conversations with my kids, sometimes carrying them on my lap while I sit behind the sewing machine. But, having kids isn’t the only reason for my slow sewing. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I prefer to take my time making sure everything turns out to the best of my abilities. Plus, I have to make a ton of adjustments to patterns (I’m tall with wide shoulders, small chested and pear shaped). So, when people talk about a pattern being quick, I usually think, “Oh, maybe I can get that sewn up in a few nights.” I’ve heard the Toaster Sweater Version 1 was a quick sew, but I had no idea just how quick it would really be.

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