Megan Nielsen Flint Pants in Railroad Stripe Cotton

Like a lot of sewers, I snapped up the Flint Pants pattern as soon as Megan Nielsen released it (and the Rowan bodysuit too, which is coming up next in an ugly-cute olive striped rib knit). Never would I have thought that a pants pattern would fit me without any adjustments, but then I saw Jasika’s version and decided to just go for it without a toile. And these pants are amazing, y’all!

I sewed them up in a straight S and made zero adjustments other than shortening the leg by one inch. The only issue I have is a slight gaping at the waist when I sit down, but that might be because I cut the waistband on the bias and it stretched a bit despite interfacing. But since literally all pants do that on me, I’m not that bothered by it.

I struggled with what fabric to use for a while. Linen would be great, but I hate wrinkly pants. Tencel sounded amazing but a little expensive without a toile. And then there’s the possibilities of something really drapey, like rayon, but I like the structured look. It was Megan’s own Flint Pants in lightweight denim that gave me the idea to do something similar, and railroad denim seemed like a perfect fit for the style. Robert Kaufman has a bunch of fabric that’s called railroad denim, but a lot of it is more like striped chambray. This is the “Classic Mini Stripe” and though I was hoping it would be a bit heavier weight, it’s still completely opaque and gives a decent amount of structure. When I sew them up again I would love to try something a little heavier and make the legs slightly slimmer.

Instead of doing the tie waist or using buttons, I used two hook and eye closures for the waistband. I thought both the tie and buttons would put these pants over the edge to sailor territory and I’m glad I went with something a little more streamlined. I do want to try the tie waist at some point and possibly make the ties long enough for a floppy bow. In tencel that could be really nice!

These Flint Pants and the Dove blouse have proven to me what an incredible designer Megan Nielsen is! Like the Dove, the construction for these pants is pretty straightforward but full of clever and beautiful details. I’m excited to sew up the Rowan bodysuit next and see what else she comes up with!

Also, I realized that these photos make the pants look more blue and less striped than they actually are, so here’s a close-up that’s more true to the fabric. And apparently also true to the amount of loose threads stuck on them…oops.

“Linen” Dove Blouse / The Biggest Sleeves in the World

This is a (very wrinkly) Dove Blouse by Megan Nielsen and let’s be honest: this isn’t really my style. It’s a bit too “boho” (hate that term), a bit too trendy, a bit too difficult to wear. But I do have a lot of fun in this top because I love swishing my sleeves around! I don’t love getting them into my food or knocking over everything when I reach for something. I won’t get into it, but there were a lot of potential blue paint disasters at work today. This garment really takes some mindfulness to wear.

This is only the second time I’ve worn this shirt since making it a few months ago. It might get a little more play once it gets warmer, since jackets + massive bell sleeves don’t really work that well. And I may feel more comfortable in this deep yellow when it’s more sunny and warm. And maybe I should shorten the sleeves so that they’re right above my wrists.

I sound like such a hater, but actually I really love this pattern! It’s designed super well, fits without any fitting and has a lot of variation that I’m excited to play with. I think if I shorten it a bit and make the version with plain sleeves (maybe cuffed?) then it will be a winner. And I’ve started on a mega-hack to make a wrap blouse inspired by this NEED top, so it has a lot of potential for other projects.

The deets: I used a linen-like fabric from Joann that I initially bought for a Kielo Wrap Dress a while ago. I had a bunch of it, like 4 yards, so it was great for these giant giant sleeves. I stuck to the pattern exactly and everything fit really nicely and came together easily. I love a v-neck woven blouse and this one is really lovely thanks to Megan Nielsen’s excellent instructions. The hem facing is a little weird and requires a bunch of hand stitching if you don’t want to topstitch, but it ended up being fine and looks really clean. I also like how it weighs down the hem a bit, but you may not want that if you’re working with a floatier fabric.

Basically, this is a really amazing pattern that makes a garment not quite suited to my style, but I’m really happy to have a nicely fitted v-neck pattern I can use as a base for tops that work for me.

P.S. Of course I forgot to take any photos of the dippy back hem! Oops.