megan nielsen patterns

Flint Wide Leg Pants

Flint Wide Leg Pants

Last fall I had the opportunity to test the newest Megan Nielsen pattern, the Flint Wide Leg Pants. I was excited to try them out because it’s a style I’ve been curious about but never worn. And it turns out I like them quite a bit! They’re fun and swishy to wear, and I think they create a really cool silhouette.

Flint Wide Leg Pants

Flint Wide Leg Pants

They remind me of ’20s-era Oxford Bags, as well as this super-stylish David Bowie (and fam) photo shoot:

David Bowie, the pop star and song writer, whose wife Angie three weeks ago presented him with a baby boy, which they have called Zowie. *** Local Caption *** retromusic

The fabric I used is a poly-blend suiting from Style Maker Fabrics. Michelle kindly helped me pick out an appropriate fabric, and I think the weight and drape is perfect for these kind of pants. I’m always wary of polyester, but this fabric feels great and looks high-quality.

When I was testing I wasn’t sure if the pants were meant to be full-length or cropped. I cut them out as-is and they were definitely long enough for full-length pants on me. I figured I’d wear those more than cropped pants so that’s what I did. It turns out they are supposed to be cropped, and the pattern pieces have been shortened by 2″ in the final pattern, although if you’re around my height – 5’4″ – you’ll probably need to shorten them more than that.

The pants ended up being just a smidge too big, which was probably to be expected since my measurements are a bit smaller than the size I made. I do wish Megan Nielsen would expand their size range – only having five sizes is a bit limiting.

Flint Wide Leg Pants

Flint Wide Leg Pants

The pattern was really straightforward to construct and didn’t take too long at all. I think it would be a good intro to pants-making since it’s a looser fitting style and there’s no fly zip to deal with.

My favorite thing about these pants is the cross-over opening! I’d never seen that feature before. Basically, the left pocket opens up enough that you don’t need a zipper to get in and out. You can’t really put anything (other than your hand) in that pocket, but you still have a fully functional right pocket. I also love the look of the release tucks!

Flint Wide Leg Pants

Flint Wide Leg Pants

Flint Wide Leg Pants

Overall I’m pretty happy with these pants, and it was fun to try out a new style! I’m working on another new style of pant for me right now – the Style Arc Sadie. I’m using some gorgeous tencel from Blackbird Fabrics, so fingers crossed they turn out!

<3 Lindsay

Nettie & Tania in NOLA

Last weekend my husband and I took a quick trip to New Orleans for my 24th birthday. Neither of us had been there before, and it’s within reasonable driving distance from Austin, so we figured “why not?”

I made these Tania culottes a few weeks ago, but hadn’t worn them yet because I didn’t have a top that would work with them. Enter the Nettie bodysuit. It really is the perfect accompaniment to skirts/culottes.

Incredibly, I’ve never owned culottes or a bodysuit before. But let me tell you they are both brilliant pieces of clothing. Seriously. I need about ten more of each. So breezy, so comfortable, so practical yet effortlessly chic. The next day I wore jeans and it was really amazing how hot and uncomfortable they were in the New Orleans humidity compared to culottes.

I’ve never been much of a skirt girl because I hate worrying about things like indecent breezes and carefully climbing in and out of cars. They’ve always been more of an occasion piece, and less of an everyday staple. Culottes are set to change that. While they’re not totally foolproof, they certainly decrease the likelihood of flashing passers-by, and when they’re paired with a bodysuit there’s really not much to flash.

The culottes were pretty easy to construct. As many others have mentioned, you definitely want to let them hang overnight before you hem them. Mine grew by a couple inches in some places. Certainly the most time-consuming part of this make is evening out and hemming the two wide circles of the legs.

I cut an XS, and was planning on cutting the length of a L, but I didn’t have quite enough fabric (these are total fabric eaters, by the way). I was worried they would be too short, but they ended up being a great length. They look a lot shorter on the model than they do on me, which I’m assuming is because I’m 5’4″, and not model-height.

As if it wasn’t enough to discover the wonders of culottes and bodysuits while making this outfit, I also discovered my new favorite fabric: rayon challis! I don’t usually go for big, bold prints, but I fell in love with this red floral from The Common Thread in Austin. This fabric is so soft and lovely and drape-y, but also very breathable.

(In the pictures below you can see how the culottes look with a tucked-in cami instead of a bodysuit: not so good.)

I’ve already sung the praises of the Nettie dress in this post, and the bodysuit is just as great. For this version I went with the scoop neck, high back, and short sleeves.

The fabric is a lightweight cream-colored jersey from Jo-Ann. So lightweight that it’s actually see-through. In order to keep my bra hidden from view I doubled up on fabric in the top half of the bodice. I basically added the optional shelf bra, but without any cups or elastic.

The bodysuit fits great, is easy to get in and out of, and is super comfortable. I wasn’t really sure what to expect since I’ve never worn a bodysuit before, but I really love it.

New Orleans was a blast! It’s such a beautiful and culturally rich city. And those lax liquor laws…let’s just say I’m all in favor of drinking cocktails from plastic cups while looking out over the Mississippi. And if you want to buy beer at 8am on Sunday morning, hey, why not?

<3 Lindsay