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darling ranges tunic as maternity

December 14th, 2014

I was really really missing my Darling Ranges dresses when i was pregnant, so i decided to try the Darling Ranges tunic version as maternity wear.

I really love how it turned out! I absolutely adore this fabric, and i was thrilled when i realised that the dartless tunic version of the Darling Ranges fitted comfortably over my baby bump – and there’s still room- YAY! It didn’t last for my whole pregnancy, probably just till about the 7th month, but it’s been an awesome breastfeeding top now that baby is born (and dare i say it, nicely covered the post baby tummy). I used the variation instructions in this post, and made it “tunic” length with short sleeves. Totally perfect for wearing with leggings! Unfortunately i do regret not bothering to match the pattern on the side seams… but hey… sometimes i just can’t be bothered, anyone else in that boat?

Also, these leggings are another maternity make. I used my Virginia leggings  pattern and made them in the maternity/low rise option. I’m a little disappointed that you can’t really tell in these photos, but the fabric is this really cool black shiny lycra. It’s the same family as the lycra from the silver coated leggings i’ve worn to death, but obviously much more subtle. I like that they have kind of a liquid look to them. Kind of wished we photographed in the sun so you could actually see what i’m talking about. I’m not going to get much wear out of these leggings now that it’s blisteringly hot – but i literally lived in them over my morning sick period when it was still cool – and they were awesome post partum wear when baby was born.

[Make this look]

Tunic: Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges tunic // Sewing pattern
Leggings: Megan Nielsen Virginia leggings // Sewing pattern
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens // T Strap Sky High
Necklace: Merl Kinzie // Clydes Rebirth 

the two seam top

October 27th, 2014

I’ve had a few questions about what the Two Seam Dress looks like unbelted, so i thought i’d quickly share with you another version i made, a two seam top!

I wore this top during my pregnancy almost once a week, and now that baby is out and I am feeding all the time, i’m also happy to report that this top makes a fantastic nursing top and cover up – i will have to take a few photos to show you what i mean! This one was made with more ease than the final tutorial i shared, and is also using a thicker stiffer jersey with much less drape. I think it shows pretty well what i had mentioned in the tutorial, with regards to the design working better with a thin drapey jersey.

To recreate this look use the Two Seam Dress tutorial but at the appropriate length for a top, and add a pair of DIY maternity shorts by remaking an old pair of shorts using one of our great tutorials:

Happy sewing! XOXO

DIYMaternity style // Two Seam top using the Two Seam Dress tutorial from DIYMaternity.com + DIY maternity shorts from old shorts using tutorials on DIYmaternity.com

Crop top pattern alteration for Wrapped Maternity top

October 11th, 2014

I recently reformatted my Wrapped top sewing pattern in preparation for releasing it through Simplicity and as a PDF, and whilst i was doing so, i realised how easy it would be to adjust the pattern a little to create a cropped sweater or crop top.

If you already have the pattern, don’t worry – it’s a super easy pattern adjustment to get the same result.

I really love this little crop top because it adds so much versatility to the pattern. You could make a cropped sweater perfect for maternity or nursing, or a crop top that you can wear on it’s own or layer, adding a gathered skirt or a circle skirt immediately results in a gorgeous maternity dress or nursing dress. You could even add a little peplum.

Personally i’ve worn mine to death, and i’ll share how i styled it a little later this week. XOXO

Easy Baby Doll Top

September 25th, 2013

Do you have a t-shirt and some extra fabric laying around? Why not make a baby doll top? I had some  plain t-shirts that no longer fit comfortably over my belly. I didn’t mind cutting them up, so I grabbed some matching fabric in a fun print and started choppin’ away! (more…)

Men’s Shirt Makeover (Maternity Top)

September 11th, 2013

 

men's shirt to maternity sc model double collage

At 4 months pregnant, I’m still pretty comfortable, so I like to wear more structured pieces that fit close to the body on top, but have extra room for the baby; however, later in my pregnancy, comfort generally outweighs all of my fashion “preferences”. Woven fabrics are definitely out by then and anything with “stretch” becomes my new best friend. (more…)

Megan Nielsen Maternity Collection Lookbook!!

March 28th, 2013

You guys! i’m so excited to finally be able to share with you the lookbook for my maternity sewing patterns! It’s been a long time coming and lots and lots of work – but i’m so thrilled to finally put all these pieces together in a lookbook!

We all had such a blast working on these shots – and i think the fun of the day really shows through. I really love it when everything comes together perfectly. And seriously, could our model be more perfect? i think not – she rocked it!

I really can’t wait to hear what you think!! i’m just so excited to share them with you all!! I really hope you enjoy them!! i know i already said that but i’m just that excited hehehehe Eeeeek! *excitable shrieking!* 

ok evidently i need to calm down… i’ll go get a coffee now hehehe

Please feel free to share them, pin them, whatever!

Meg XOXO

Megan Nielsen Perfect Nursing Top sewing pattern MN1001 // @megan_nielsen[SHOP: MN1001 Megan Nielsen Perfect Nursing & Maternity top sewing pattern]

Megan Nielsen Pina dress & top sewing pattern MN1002 // @megan_nielsen[SHOP: MN1002 Megan Nielsen Pina dress & top sewing pattern]

Megan Nielsen wrapped maternity top sewing pattern MN1003 // @megan_nielsen[SHOP: MN1003 Megan Nielsen Wrapped maternity top sewing pattern]

Megan Nielsen Nursing & Maternity Lingerie set sewing pattern MN1004 // @megan_nielsen[SHOP: MN1004 Megan Nielsen Nursing & Maternity lingerie set sewing pattern]

Megan Nielsen Rie dress & top sewing pattern MN1005 // @megan_nielsen[SHOP: MN1005 Megan Nielsen Rie dress & top sewing pattern]

Megan Nielsen Ruched maternity tshirt sewing pattern MN1006 // @megan_nielsen[SHOP: MN1006 Megan Nielsen Ruched maternity tshirt sewing pattern]

Megan Nielsen ruched maternity skirt sewing pattern MN1008 // @megan_nielsen[SHOP: MN1008 Megan Nielsen ruched maternity skirt sewing pattern]

[Credits]

Model: Holly Matthews // Chadwicks
Photographer: Ebony Frost // Ebony Frost Photography
Floral arrangments: c/o Sarah Cooper // Rose & Pearl Events
Hair & Makeup: Emma Schroeder // Milla Makeup
Styling & shoot assist: Yvette Brownlie
Designs & styling: Megan Nielsen 

A very very big thank you to everyone involved!!

Men’s top into striped maternity shirt

June 6th, 2012
 Ever since I did this pencil skirt post a year ago, I’ve been dying to do a shirt version….maybe a dress version will be the next step? Anyway, I LOVE how it turned out and it currently might be one of my favorite tops to date! And you don’t have to have a huge belly to wear it. Woot woot!
Go here for the instructions :)