Megan Nielsen Briar Review and Giveaway // Stretch Yourself

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Megan Nielsen is not only one a huge inspiration and a good friend, she is also one of my very favorite designers. I love Megan’s down to earth aesthetic, and how she makes things beautiful while still wearable. I was able to test the Briar pattern before it was available, so I already have five of them hanging in my closet. I haven’t posted about any of them yet, and this one I made new just for this review. I think it’s my favorite so far!

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The Briar Pattern is like your favorite tee shirt or sweater but way more hip. I love the high low hemline and the pocket/shoulder patch options. This pattern is so very easy to cut and sew. There are only five pieces ( plus pockets or shoulders) and the construction is just like a basic tee. I used a funky french terry for this version, and flipped the material inside out for the shoulder patches. I finished all of the hems with my Diana coverstitch, and the whole project took about an hour start-to-finish!

If you’ve never sewn with a Megan Nielsen Pattern, you need to get one. She pays such attention to the details that really matter to seamstresses. The patterns are printed on nice, thick paper and nestled in roomy envelopes with velcro closures. The instructions come in the form of an illustrated booklet, so flipping back and forth between steps is simple! Megan also includes several ideas for variations with every pattern, along with a few pages for notes. She recognizes that everyone will need a little something different, and leaves room for things to be made personal.

Megan Nielsen branding is impeccable. I kind of want to wallpaper my sewing closet with the adorable croquis that show off the technical designs on her patterns. Okay, I kind of want to be one of those adorable croquis! If I keep sewing her patterns for myself, maybe one day I will!

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Pattern: Megan Nielsen Briar, size S

Fabric: black and red heathered french terry from Paron Fabrics in NYC

Sweet Mim made her adorable Briar for her sister! Lucky girl!

For the chance to win this awesome Megan Nielsen Briar pattern, leave a comment below before Saturday, January 26th! Good Luck!

**WINNER: LITTLE BETTY DESIGNS** Thank you all for entering!

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  1. Crystal
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    I’ve really enjoyed your series. would love to win!

  2. anie
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    I love megan nielsen patterns.
    I have a dress in the making in liberty fabric.

  3. Sarah
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    My goal this year it to make more clothing for myself. This would make a great start to my goal. Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. Amanda
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    I love Megan Nielsen patterns and would love to try this one. Thanks for all the great posts!

  5. kelly
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    The very first pattern I sewed by myself was a Megan Nielsen maternity dress pattern. I love all of her patterns, including the Brian top. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Posted January 18, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    i love her patterns and this top is really cute!

  7. Emily
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    I wasn’t sure about Briar at first (I am a huge Megan Nielsen fan and have Banksia, Darling Ranges, and Kelly!) but all these finished versions are so great. I’d be delighted to win! thanks for the chance 🙂

  8. Mary
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    I love Megan Nielsen’s patterns, would love to give this one a try!!

  9. Emily
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Love your top. Would love to try this pattern too.

  10. Ale
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Just yesterday I was searching for a sweatshirt pattern and I think the Briar could be perfect! The stretch yourself series is first class. Thanks!

  11. Posted January 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    OOO – I love your version. I love how cute and cropped it is. Very nice!

  12. kat
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    my goal this year is to concentrate on making wearable clothing and reading all of your posts about sewing with knits

  13. Posted January 19, 2013 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    I love the two tone fabric you’ve used for this!

  14. Gwen
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    Nearly finishing my first Megan pattern and loved every min!

  15. Posted January 19, 2013 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    OoOoOoh! I love Megan Neilson patterns!!! They are so simple but elegant! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  16. Julie
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Love it! So fresh.

  17. Trish Hanson
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    I would loce to try one of Megan Nielsen’s patterns! Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. melanie
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    I hope I win

  19. EmmaSL
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think I’d seen this one made up before – and now I love it!

  20. Peri
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Id love this pattern

  21. Angela
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Ooh what a cool pattern 🙂

  22. Posted January 20, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    I just ordered my first patterns from Megan last week! I can’t wait to get them and get sewing! This pattern would be great to add to my new collection 🙂

  23. Clover
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Very cute pattern would love to win!

  24. Posted January 21, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    How I would love to win this pattern!

  25. Sas
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Lovely version of the pattern!
    I’ve heard so many good things about Megan Nielsen’s patterns, but never had the chance to try them out myself yet…
    I’d love the Briar to be my first one. 🙂

  26. petra
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    I just love your Briar! I’d love to make one (or five) for myself!

  27. maggie
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    this pattern is super cute!

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