Meet the Maker: Megan Nielsen
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posted 8 years ago

My name is Meg, but you may know me as Megan Nielsen Patterns and my DIY weapons of choice are the sewing machine and overlocker. I’m all about garment making.

When I am looking for inspiration I spend some time in the natural bushland of my hometown Perth. I find nothing more inspiring than nature itself – outside is where I get my best ideas

After a long day of making things I like to read a good book. Kidding! I actually work till pretty late, so I tend to fall into bed the second I’m done working. Lame, I know hehehe.

I got started making when I was about 11 years old. Dissatisfied with my Barbies wardrobe I started cutting up my clothing to make her better outfits – which led to cutting up my mom’s clothing to make myself better outfits (sorry mom!). I’ve been obsessed with designing clothing ever since.

When I think about starting a new project I sketch. Immediately so I can get all my ideas down before the idea loses its clarity. It’s exciting, I love new projects!

The best part about running my own business is being able to be home with my kids during the day. I’m incredibly grateful that I can do this!!

My advice to anyone looking to start their own business is to make a plan, get some seed money and jump in! I’m a “go for it!” kind of person, I must admit.

If I wasn’t a sewing pattern designer I would love to be an artist. In my free time I adore drawing and painting.

The movie that can cheer me out of any bad mood is You’ve Got Mail. Every time. That movie is pretty much the cure all.

My favorite word is Yes. Is there anything better than a “yes go for it!” ? I think not. Yes is the best word.

The fictional character I relate to most is Elizabeth Bennet. As cliché as that is, I can certainly relate to being a little too outspoken, judgemental and overly free with my opinions in my younger years – and learning to mature beyond that. Well at least I think I have hehehe.

My favorite designers is Merl Kinzie – she’s indie, and she makes the most amazing jewellery from salvaged materials. I have a bit of an obsession and my collection of her pieces is growing pretty rapidly.

My favorite thing about making is taking an idea that only existed in my head and find that it’s now a reality. That’s the best. I don’t think I’ll get tired of that feeling.

To me, DIY means individualism and creativity. I love the movement towards more DIY, I think it speaks so much to this generation of people who want to be more individual and express their creativity through their own works.

The first thing I made was a wrap skirt! When my mom realized I was destroying her wardrobe, she took me pronto to the fabric store where we chose a pattern and fabric for my first project. She made me finish, even though I tried to quit many times – and I’m grateful for that lesson of perseverance and finishing what you start.

My DIY secret weapon or tip is an iron. And then when you’re done, iron some more. The quickest way to make a garment look more professional and less “home sewn” is with a good pressing – during and after sewing.

My favorite supplies are silk fabric and shell buttons. Goodness me. I could just make things with crepe de chine and shell buttons all day – they are my weakness and my favourite materials for sure.

​My next project is a pair of shorts! It’s a blisteringly hot summer here in Australia, and I’ve realized I only have 2 pairs of shorts. How did that happen? Certainly not enough to survive a whole summer on - Better get sewing!

Discussion 4

  • True Bias commented 8 years ago

    Always such an inspiration.  I've looked up to her for a long time.

  • Ginger commented 9 years ago

    Yay, great interview, Megan!  She's one of my favorite people!

  • Create/Enjoy commented 9 years ago

    Awesome! I love Megan! Got to test out one of her patterns last year, so cute and such great designs and instructions! =)

  • knityorkcity commented 9 years ago

    I love Megan's designs! Great tip with the iron! I'm definitely going to utilize mine more!

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