I have a weakness for simple knit tee dresses. I love that for one, they’re comfortable for Ava. She can easily put them on and take them off herself. Because getting a tired cranky 5-year-old dressed in the morning isn’t always the easiest task, amiright?! Two, they’re usually pretty easy to construct. And three, the simple silhouette allows the versatility of using either large statement prints or simple solid fabrics. So I’m always looking out for new or fun ways to make them. One day I received an email from the amazing Megan Nielsen of Megannielsen.com asking if I would like to review her new line of patterns for kids ages 2-12. I was ecstatic!
Megan Nielsen has a wide variety of women’s sewing patterns to choose from. Her newest venture into the children’s pattern market is so exciting because she does women’s wear so well. There are three patterns in the collection, the Mini Tania Culottes, the Mini Briar Sweater and Tee, and the Mini Virginia Leggings. I’m such a sucker for mommy and me outfits, so it’s great that these are mini versions of her women’s patterns.
If you’ve had the pleasure of making any of the looks in Meg’s newest collection you’ll know that there aren’t any dresses in it. I just really wanted to see what the Mini Briar would look like as a dress. The pattern is very well designed. The fit was perfect and the instructions were really clear. The high low hem was especially appealing to me! There are actually 4 views to choose from, short sleeve crop, long sleeve crop, short sleeve tee, and long sleeve tee. All I did to achieve the lengthened look was to add around 7″ of length to the middle of the front and back pattern pieces of the long sleeve tee view. Super simple! Now you can make 5 different garments with just one pattern.
I promise you wont be disappointed in any of the patterns in this collection. I highly recommend! Stay tuned to see my versions of the Mini Tania Culottes and Mini Virginia leggings which i’ll be sharing soon. Until then, happy creating!
xx Meagan and Ava