Some time ago I tried a Megan Niesen pattern for the first time: it was the Veronika sirt, a free pattern that I absolutely loved. So I decided to try one of her patterns for sale, the Brumby skirt, because I’ve seen some lovely versions here and here.
The Brumby skirt is a gathered skirt with a contoured waistband and deep pockets, and you can choose 3 different versions (a short, slightly gathered skirt for heavy fabrics, a gathered midi skirt for medium and lightweigh fabrics and a simple gathered skirt without pockets.
I wanted to make a denim skirt, so I chose version 1, but I also wanted a long skirt, so I lengthened the hem and lowered the pockets a little bit. But, when I finished, I hated the look of it! So I cut the skirt a couple of inches above the knees (slightly longer than the original version 1). Much better now!
The thing I love the most about this pattern are the clear explanations included. It would have been even better if I had used the Megan Nielsen App, but it hasn’t been released for Android yet (Please, Megan, do it soon!). I also like the pockets. I love skirts with pockets! I hardly use them to carry stuff, but I like to know that they’re there! 😉
Also, this skirt is a great opportunity for trying new techniques, like topstitching. I did the two rows of topstitching below the pockets with a twin needle, and the rest with a regular needle. I love the look of them! They really make the whole skirt stand out. And the exposed zipper is great too: this was my first exposed zipper and it turned out pretty well, although I made a mistake: I was reading this tutorial on Megan Nielsen website, but the measures are in inches and I still think in centimeters, so I messed up things a little and the zipper ended up being too short for the opening (or the opening too long for the zipper!), so I had to cover the space at the top with a button. Let’s call it a design choice! 😉
So, to sum up, I had a great time sewing this skirt and I’m planning to do more versions of it. It’s so comfortable! And wearable! It looks great with heels or sneakers. Definitely a winner!
Have you try any Megan Nielsen pattern? Do you have any recommendations for other amazing patterns to try? 🙂