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It’s no secret I’m in love with Megan. The girl’s got talent and impeccable style oozing out her ears, and is really one of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with. I was thrilled when we were able to add her newest pattern the Briar T-shirt to our list of pattern reviews! I’m so excited to share the details with you, as I really really love this shirt.
First of all, let’s have a heart to heart about Megan’s branding. It’s absolutely pitch perfect, and is literally so appealing that you can’t wait to get started. I love the little instruction booklet, and the sturdy paper patterns are made to last. I suggest tracing your desired design rather than cutting into the enclosed patterns, because there are so many variations that you’ll want to make several, I’m guessing.
The instructions are very detailed, and are geared towards someone who isn’t familiar with pattern-speak. She explains techniques in simple terms, and adds a lot of additional explanations for beginning sewists. The pockets and neckline include a couple different construction techniques depending on what look you want and level you’re at, so really the Briar covers a pretty wide range of techniques for being a single pattern. It’s easy and stylish, and great twist on the basic tee.
The high-low hem is trendy and very flattering, and the cropped version is so fun and a great layering piece. I have never liked anything cropped before, so it’s saying a lot that I chose that variation to make first (I get so many compliments on it!) My second version pictured here I actually made as Christmas gift for my baby sister LJ, and this time went for the normal length ( I actually lengthened the front an inch or so). Again, I went for that hand-printed side-pocket addition like I did with my first, as well as the shoulder applique which is so fun (I just did mine from the same hand-printed fabric).
I really love this pattern! It has like a kazillion simple variations, and it even has brief instructions on how to change the high-low to a straight hem if you want. This is a perfect beginner’s project, and so fun and versatile that you’ll want to make several!
For a chance to win your own copy of Megan Nielsen’s Briar Tee, simply leave a comment below by January 24, 6 pm!**closed**