Megan Nielsen Dawn Jeans and Petite Knit Anker’s Summer Shirt

Megan Nielsen Dawn jeans worn with Petite Knit Anker’s Summer Shirt

Hey All,

I made another pair of Megan Nielsen Dawn jeans in a bleached cotton denim from Cloth House. It’s the same denim that I used to make my denim jacket from. On this version I did a 0.5 inch full inner thigh/ knock knee adjustment using the Minott method as shared by Debbie over on Stitches and Seams. I think on the whole it has been successful; this pair seems to be hanging straighter than my previous pair and they feel more comfortable. This view is view A, the tapered leg; my previous versions have been view B, the straight leg, so for a real comparison I will have to make the same adjustment to that view if and when I make them again.

Megan Nielsen Dawn jeans worn with Petite Knit Anker’s Summer Shirt
Megan Nielsen Dawn jeans worn with Petite Knit Anker’s Summer Shirt
Megan Nielsen Dawn jeans worn with Petite Knit Anker’s Summer Shirt

The top is the Petite Knit Anker’s Summer Shirt. Don’t get confused purchasing this pattern and accidentally buy the Anker Tee because they are not the same pattern; ask me how I know, lol. This is the size XL which is my usual size in Petite Knit patterns. I will say that after taking these photographs, I went back and added a single line of shirring elastic around the neck to stabilise the neckline and stop it from stretching out. It’s an easy and enjoyable knit (knitted in the round) and I love the textured yoke.

Megan Nielsen Dawn jeans worn with Petite Knit Anker’s Summer Shirt
Megan Nielsen Dawn jeans worn with Petite Knit Anker’s Summer Shirt

The yarn is Drops Belle in shade 02 (off white), purchased from Wool Warehouse. This yarn is 14% linen, 33% viscose and 53% cotton, so is an exact match composition wise for the suggested Sandnes Garn Line. I will say that there were some sections of the yarn which were of dubious quality (i.e. very knotty and/ or fragile). But for the price of this yarn (£1.80/ 50 grams) I can’t really complain, and as a novice knitter it was fine for me. But if I make this again I think I would like to try the Sandnes Garn stuff out. From memory I think I used about 8 balls of yarn and shortened the length of the body by about 2 inches. This little sweater has proved to be a useful addition to my wardrobe. The neutral colour means it can be worn with lots, dressed up or down, and is good for our British summer (maybe not when we are having a heat wave though :-)).

Fitting Notes for Dawn Jeans

  • This pair is view A (tapered leg), in a size 20
  • I added 5/8ths inch to the side seams for fit insurance
  • I cut these at the regular crop inseam length
  • I lowered the back crotch by 0.5 inches
  • I did a 5/8ths inch full abdomen adjustment
  • I did a 0.5 inch full inner thigh/ knock knee adjustment (Minott method)
  • I increased the rise by 0.75 inches
  • I split the waistband into 4 sections with side seams and changed the direction of the grainline. The original waistband as drafted is a single straight one piece waistband cut parallel to the selvedge. My new 4 piece waistband is cut so the side seams are parallel to the selvedge. For next time I might tighten the waistband a smidge
  • I made the back yoke have a right angle corner to stop it dipping down – check out wzrdreams Instagram highlight on how to do this. I highly recommend!
  • I shortened the leg by 1 inch
  • I ended up taking 0.5 inches for the inner and outer leg seams down to about the knee
  • I removed a total of 1.25 inches of width from the inner and outer leg seams at the ankle

Two great pieces added to my wardrobe which have already been worn lots.

Until soon!

Megan Nielsen Dawn jeans worn with Petite Knit Anker’s Summer Shirt

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

9 thoughts on “Megan Nielsen Dawn Jeans and Petite Knit Anker’s Summer Shirt

  1. Looks greats on you. You did a really good job with your adjustments. Believe I like that outfit the best of any you have posted Keep it up. You are getting there!

  2. Very nice outfit, and so well-fitting. These are two pieces I would like to make and wear, and you make me think I might be able to do it. Thanks!

  3. You’ve become quite the acccomplished knitter. And enabler too, I am checking out this pattern, it looks fairly easy but with enough interest to be a little challenge. Just my cup of tea.

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