How to make maternity dressing less stressful

Getting dressed when you’re pregnant can be a little stressful sometimes – I find the number of days when i look at my wardrobe and feel flustered at having nothing to wear just doubles when i’m pregnant.

So over three pregnancies i’ve developed a few tricks – one of which is having a fall back outfit that always makes me feel good no matter what. I absolutely recommend figuring out an outfit combo you like, making a few different versions and pairing them together in your wardrobe so that pulling something out in the morning is quicker and less painful.

This last pregnancy that combo was a Briar crop top and an Erin maternity skirt. I always had a couple of Briar crop tops and Ruched skirts sitting next to each other in my wardobe that all mix and match perfectly – so when i bad day came along (every second day LOL), i could pull any two out, put them on and leave the house feeling like I looked good.

It instantly turns a day that could have started badly, into one thats off to a cracking start :) Here’s another combo of these two sewing patterns that i shared here a little while back.

If you’re stuck for ideas, here are a few outfit ideas you can create using free tutorials from DIYMaternity or from my maternity sewing patterns:

Megan Nielsen maternity style: Briar crop top + Ruched maternity skirt

[Make this look]

Top: Megan Nielsen Briar crop top // Sewing pattern + similar fabric
Skirt: Megan Nielsen Ruched maternity skirt // Sewing pattern + ponte knit fabric
Shoes: Madewell
Necklace: Thrifted

Introducing: The Megan Nielsen Patterns App!

The Megan Nielsen Patterns App

Big news you guys! Things have been very busy at Megan Nielsen Patterns HQ (hence my quietness over here!). Today we are sharing possibly our biggest surprise yet!

The Megan Nielsen Patterns App

[Available in the App Store right now and Google Play for Android in June]

During my maternity break i had spent a lot of time looking at my brand and how you interact with my patterns. Well one of the things we kept coming back to was this disconnect between technology and sewing patterns. We all live with our phones and tablets by our sides, and more and more we want digital. We want instant. It’s time that sewing patterns stepped up and became more relevant to the age we live in.

The Megan Nielsen App

That’s why we created this app. We are closing the gap between traditional sewing patterns and the technology that is being used more and more by modern sewers.

We’ve been working on this for close to a year, and it’s been a lot of work. But i’m so proud of how it turned out and i think you are really going to love it.

Install it, create an account, have a look around – and tell us what you think!

Bonus: You must create a new user account, but if you use the same email address you use for purchases on then you will immediately have access to all your previous pattern purchases.

The Megan Nielsen Patterns App[photography // Madalynne Studios]

how to match stripes on the Ruched maternity skirt & top

Megan Nielsen maternity style // Ruched midi skirt

A question i get a lot is how to pattern match designs with ruching and gathers (specifically for my Ruched Maternity skirt and Ruched Maternity tshirt). I know everyone wants their stripes to be matched perfectly all the time, but when it comes to these designs the ruching is not symmetric, so perfection in pattern matching just isn’t possible. Sorry.

You can get close though :)

The same is true for any seam that includes gathers, you can pattern match seams that are equal distances, but once you hit those gathers, everything is going to be off kilter.

So if you want to sew a ruched maternity skirt in stripes like i did when i was pregnant and have them nicely matched up at the side seams, you can only do so up to a point.

Here’s what you do: start from the hemline and go up! When you hit the ruching notches stop trying to pattern match and instead go with the flow. Once the ruching is completed, the ruched sections will be all gathered and the pattern mismatch won’t matter, but everything below it will be nice and straight! It’s that easy :)