A while back I made the decision to not do anymore pattern testing. I have done a ton of them! Whilst I do enjoy the process, I found that it was a bit time consuming and stressful. Almost the next day, Megan Nielsen put a call out! I had to apply! I mean, she is the reason I initially got so involved in sewing. I think I stumbled across her blog and patterns when I first realised there is a massive online sewing community. Up until then, I thought you HAD to use the big 4 companies. Oh how my world has changed!
Anyways, for those who don’t know Megan, her patterns are modern and super easy to follow. She also has the best maternity range (in my opinion) in the Indie sewing community. On a personal note, during years of infertility I promised myself I’d buy her entire range once I fell pregnant. And I did! I made every pattern (pre blogging time unfortunately) and loved them. Those garments made up most of my pregnant wardrobe, in conjunction with modified Washi Dresses.
Back to the Brumby Skirt. It’s a full gathered skirt with a contoured waistband and an exposed zipper at the back. The pattern has 3 lengths, midi, just above the knee and knee-length. I chose to do the version that sits just above the knee, version 3. There are no pockets and no centre front seam. It’s super simple to sew, the hardest bit being inserting the zipper. I think it took me a total of a couple of hours from start to finish.
It’s been a while since I actually made the skirt and I have to say that I’ve worn it loads! I made it in a dotted chambray so it goes with most tops really. I also have version 1 (shorter skirt made with heavier fabrics) cut out in a vintage flannelette (I think that’s what it is, I found it in an odd shop) and ready to sew for winter. I’ve never really had a winter skirt, I hope I wear it as much as the chambray version.
In all, it’s a great pattern and the garment turned out fantastically. I’d say it’s suitable for an experienced beginner or intermediate seamstress.
Also, don’t forget to check out Megan’s new re-branded line and of course the App. That’s quite a handy addition to the brand.