Neon Briar by Megan Nielsen

I love colour and usually the brighter the better. But it’s entirely possible that I’ve just found my limit. Neon Briar Top by Megan Nielsen. I need this pattern! | Offsquare.wordpress.com This fabric is a hi-viz pink merino from The Fabric Store and it’s great for a blast of colour. It almost assaults my wintery, sun-starved eyes but I love it because it’s so unexpected when everyone else is wearing black.

It will be perfect as a warm-up layer when running too. Neon Briar Top by Megan Nielsen. I need this pattern! | Offsquare.wordpress.com I used the Briar Sweater and T-shirt pattern by Megan Nielsen and made a length somewhere between the cropped and long sizes while also straightening the front hem and slightly raising the neckline.

Megan has an app you can download with all her patterns, tutorials and tips. It’s very cool. I saved paper by not needing to print instructions, her tutorials were thorough and easy to follow and I love that I’ll always have details on hand when fabric shopping.

Well played, Megan. Well played. Neon Briar Top by Megan Nielsen. I need this pattern! | Offsquare.wordpress.com This definitely won’t be my last Briar. I have some more merino waiting in the wings already, although not in neon this time!* It’s such a great basic pattern to have in the arsenal and one of the few I have that is aimed at knit fabrics.

I love a versatile pattern and this is right up there with my two other favourites; the Belcarra Blouse and the Sigma Dress. I have them all on solid repeat with small variations each time.

What are the patterns you make over and over again?


*The neon aspect was really hard to capture, but after several failed attempts, it took a rainy day and the dingy depths of an underpass to capture the vibrancy.  I actually lost sleep over this one, trying to think of places I could take photos where the sun wouldn’t hit it. Darn you, neon! You guys do this too, right? It’s totally the norm for sewing bloggers to lose sleep about their photo locations? Yeah, I’ll just tell myself it is. Right before I drift off to sleep tonight thinking of non-photo thoughts.

Robson Coat

The trench coat is one of my all time favourite jackets. The structure, the practicality and the fact they never seem to go out of style makes for a solid investment. I already own a vibrant coloured one (via Ezibuy, no longer stocked) that has been worn consistently every winter for the last seven years … and it’s still going strong.

So when I spotted the Robson Coat by Sewaholic, I just couldn’t say no.

Robson Coat | Offsquare.com

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Saltspring + Sigma = SpringMa

The second dress made for my sister is a combination of my two current favourite patterns. It also came together just in time for FrankenIndie with The Monthly Stitch, so a big hello to any Monthly Stitch visitors! To recap, my sister Kelly is off overseas and needs modest dresses for some conservative destinations. I wanted to help boost her wardrobe for the adventures ahead and offered to make a couple of dresses for her to wear.

Saltspring Dress by Sewaholic& Sigma Dress by Papercut Patterns

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Sewing for Travel

My sister, Kelly, is about to embark on some overseas travel and isn’t one for sticking to the usual tourist traps. She wants to eat with locals, wrangle language barriers and thoroughly explore a rich new culture. Such fun!

Kelly will be in places that dress modestly, which she will need to respect if she doesn’t want to draw gasps of horror everywhere she goes. The dress code essentially boils down to “no shoulders, no knees, and no skin in between”, which sounds simple enough but was proving a challenge for this intrepid explorer.

So Rosie Miller (another sister) and I collaborated to make Kelly a couple of dresses that would keep her feeling fab and cool in the heat. Rosie generously provided some gorgeous cotton fabrics from her stash, while I got sewing.

First up was a Sigma Dress by Papercut Patterns, but altered to a mid-calf length.

Mid calf Sigma dress by Papercut Patterns | Offsquare.com

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