Back in August I received an email from Megan Nielsen Patterns asking me if I was still interested in testing one of their new patterns. I had obviously signed up to do this but it was quite a long time ago and I can't remember how it came about. To be honest, I was a little scared at first and didn't think I had the ability to make something and critique it adequately. But then, after a few words of encouragement from hubby, I threw caution to the wind and decided to give it a go! And I'm so glad I did because I am IN LOVE with this pattern! And I'm excited that I can finally post about it!
She was released into the world today along with 3 other new patterns by Megan Nielsen and I can tell you how brilliant it is! It can be made in both woven and knit fabrics and has different length options for the top - waist length or cropped - and with or without sleeves/sash for the dress.
I decided to make the top version since Me Made May had taught me that I need more separates and that I need to stop making dresses. And I found a lovely thick ponte/scuba at the rag market for £3.
Now then, I'm still fairly new to a PDF pattern preferring a printed one usually, but obviously I couldn't choose with this and had the pattern emailed to me at the end of August. I printed the pattern - a WHOPPING 70 PAGES - and set about cutting and sticking them together. This pattern should come with a warning because that was no simple task!!!
As you might be able to see in the picture above, the front piece of the top/dress pattern is not cut on the fold because of the asymmetrical hemline which means it takes up a lot of paper! Other than that the rest of the pieces were fairly standard.
I cut my fabric out and made the top in a couple of hours. It was a really satisfying make. The problem was I decided that it was too easy and I hadn't done my pattern tester job thoroughly enough! Since I had some time left until I needed to report back I decided to make the dress. Yes, yes, I know I said I wasn't going to make any more but I couldn't resist!
Apologies for the poor modelling!!!
The top and dress construction are slightly different only because of the type of material I used. Since the top was a knit the pattern suggests a neckband to finish it off but the woven dress has a zip and neckline facing. Oh, and did I mention... the dress has pockets!!! This version required 3m of viscose which I bought from the rag market for £2 p/m.
Now who doesn't want a violet animal print dress in their lives???
A couple of weeks after I was sent the pattern I had to report back with my thoughts on Floreat and some photos. Overall I love the pattern - the dress especially. I mentioned a couple of issues with the instructions but other than that I think this would be a great pattern for an advanced beginner. The hardest part of the make was keeping quiet until the pattern release! I have downloaded the revised pattern and I would happily make this again... in fact I've already bought some claret red micro velvet for a Christmas version!
Thanks so much for this opportunity, Megan!