An Orla Affair - French Navy Orla Dress Review

An Orla Affair - French Navy Orla Dress Review

I love an excuse to make a new dress. I wear dresses or skirts 90% of the time so they are truly my favorite thing to sew. I also love all things vintage or vintage inspired. The Orla Dress by Sarah of French Navy is a combination of these things. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I wanted to sew it up as soon as I heard about the “sewalong” being hosted by some of my favorite bloggers: Allie, Rachel, Maddie, and Anya. The Orla dress is a classic fit and flare shape making it a very simple and versatile dress.

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4th of July 2017

4th of July 2017

I know this is a little late, but I wanted to show you all my 4th of July outfit that I wore this year. For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you might recognize the skirt portion of this outfit. It used to be a Sewaholic Cambie dress that I blogged about quite some time ago. (You can find the original blog post here.) 

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An Orla Dress FBA

An Orla Dress FBA

When I heard about the "sewalong" that Allie from alliemjackson.com, Rachel from makerstyle.ca, and Maddie from maddiemadethis.com were hosting, I decided I should absolutely participate. For the month of July, these lovely ladies are encouraging all sewists to make up a version of the Orla Dress which is a free pattern by Sarah of French Navy. You can read the official blog post here and find out all the details and how to win some gorgeous prizes! Today, I wanted to share a tutorial on how to do an FBA on the Orla dress. I will forewarn you, this is a picture/text heavy post. 

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Megan Neilsen Matilda Dress - Easy FBA Tutorial

Megan Neilsen Matilda Dress - Easy FBA Tutorial

Before I sewed up my Matilda dresses, I did a minor FBA to the flat pattern pieces. One of my dear readers expressed in interest in how I did it, so I decided to write out a proper blog post about it. It is extremely simple, but it worked out perfectly for me. Before going on to the tutorial I wanted to make a couple quick notes.

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Megan Nielsen Patterns - Matilda Dress Review

Megan Nielsen Patterns - Matilda Dress Review

Well! This is quite an exciting day!

I have just launched my brand new website!! As I prepare to open my online shop selling hand dyed yarn, knitting patterns, art prints, and eventually sewing patterns, I wanted to up the ante and design a website that would be able to grow and expand as necessary and really reflect my long term goals. Thank you so much to all of you for inspiring me and encouraging me to keep at it. None of this would have happened without your support. And now, before I get too cheesy, I want to tell you about a very special first post.

I finally get to tell you all about the Matilda dress.

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Ivory Rose Colette Pastille Dress

Ivory Rose Colette Pastille Dress

My June Minerva Crafts blogger network post is up! I used some gorgeous fabric from the Minerva Crafts website and paired it with the Colette Pastille dress pattern. I cannot explain how much I love this dress. It turned out exactly like I imagined it. You can see a bunch more pictures and read all the details over here.

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Leggings, Leggings, and MORE Leggings!

Leggings, Leggings, and MORE Leggings!

I recently started going to the gym with my husband. Now, I don't know about you, but I feel extremely awkward exercising. There is something about making my body do all sorts of weird contortions that stresses me out. Stretches? I could do those all day. But cardio or faster paced exercises? No way! When you add other people, and old, ill-fitting workout clothes into the mix makes it even worse. The first couple of times we went I felt so embarrassed and painfully self-conscious. I know that exercising is good for my health and overall well-being, but I felt as if I was standing out like a sore thumb. (To be honest, nobody probably gave me a second look. It just feels like they do!) Normally, I'm not the type of person who wants anything to do with form-fitting workout clothes, but after the second trip to the gym, I knew something had to change. Enter these three pairs of lovely leggings!

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