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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…)

Nice to Meet You!

September 6th, 2013

Hi Lovelies!

My name is Shannon and I blog over at Little Kids Grow. I’m so excited to be contributing to this fantastic site! I have a lot of ideas for “do it yourself” maternity wear that I hope will inspire you to create beautiful pieces for yourself during your pregnancy.

Next week I’ll begin posting tutorials, great finds, and lots of suggestions, but first I wanted to take a little time to introduce myself. (more…)

Introducing Shannon! DIYM’s new guest contributor

August 25th, 2013

You guys i’m so excited to introduce you to Shannon, DIYM’s newest guest contributor!

Shannon writes a fantastic blog about sewing for herself and her adorable kiddos - Little Kids Grow. During her pregnancy Shannon is going to be popping over to DIYM every now and then to share her maternity creations, a few tutorials, and any hot tips on maternity sewing patterns that she finds along the way. It’s going to be awesome :)

Please make Shannon very welcome!! I can’t wait to see what she comes up with!

Till then don’t forget to pop on over to Little Kids Grow and say hi!


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!


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]


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!!

DIY Maternity Swimsuit Sewing Tutorial – (non-maternity included)

June 13th, 2012
Had to make make a swimsuit this summer! HAD TO. Luckily with this tutorial, I can change it into a non-maternity swimsuit after the baby comes.


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 :)

Megan Nielsen’s Ruched Maternity Skirt

May 29th, 2012
This purple maternity pencil skirt was designed by the lovely Megan Nielsen, made by me. I was thinking it would be a casual knit skirt that I could throw on here and there, but after I made it and tried it on, it is quite a sexy little number! Well, for a prego women anyway. I’m loving all these maternity patterns!
I’m SO bummed that everyone has decided to leave me in Utah to go and further their education to provide for their family or something…pshhhh. What about me?! Just kidding, I know that one day this would happen, I just didn’t know it would happen all at once. I currently have 5 siblings and 3 in-laws and a niece here, but a few short months from now, 9 will become 3. My brother is leaving on his mission tomorrow morning (don’t even get me started about that one…it will make me cry), my other two brothers with fam are moving to Ohio for law school and medical school. And they ALL decided to leave around the same time.
So this little shindig was a last minute invite for Mike and Emily (and baby Rosie) knowing that in the next few days they will be packed up and headed out to Ogden for a little stint, then on to Ohio for bigger and better things. It was quite the party! I actually cooked chicken, and it was fully cooked mind you and I prepared a raspberry vinaigrette salad (what?! I never go past a pre packaged caesar salad from costco). Beck sucessfully, for the first time rode his tricycle and Emily snapped some awesome shots of baby Rosie’s Mad face and tried really hard to get a good angle on my extremely enormous belly in that cute maternity pencil skirt. Can you believe I’m that big already?! Anyway, I’m going to miss all the family, and I wish them good luck. Love you all.