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Review of my Megan Nielsen Karri dress pattern featuring multi-panels, a flared skirt and princess seams. Also, the dress in which I used a whole lot of piping.

Reveal of my Megan Nielsen Karri Dress with Piping

Back in August, I was selected as a tester for the latest Megan Nielsen pattern. I was super excited to participate in this test, however, it is only now that the pattern is released that I can reveal my make.

Introducing the Karri Dress

When I was first asked to test the Karri Dress by Megan Nielsen, the first thing that struck me about the dress was the multi-panels. It kind of gave a modern twist on the block panel shift dress of the 60’s.

Megan Nielsen Karri Dress Pattern

I thought this multi-panel look was very interesting. Also in the instructions, it suggested using piping to future enhance the details of each paneled seam.

I had only used piping twice before and online as a finishing around necklines and armholes. Still, I really liked the idea of using piping.

Butterfly dress with purple piping made from vintage 1960s reproduction Simplicity 1364 blouse and gathered skirt in a cotton butterfly print.
My Butterfly dress was only the second time I used piping

Dress Construction

Let me start by saying I wouldn’t suggest this dress to a beginner. It has so many pieces to put together and so many seams that have to line up with it. Plus the entire dress is fully lined.

I started with the lining as a sort of muslin to get the fit right. This is where a lot of my issues started. I usually have to do some sort of bust adjustment on dresses and well, I hadn’t done that with a princess seam dress before.

Bust Adjustment

I probably should have done more research, on how to do it, but I was pressed for time. In short, I kind of winged it till I got the fit fairly right. Still, it was confusing as heck to me to adjust. This may be due more to my experience than the pattern itself.

Adding Piping

To add the piping I actually did take the time to watch a quick tutorial from Professor Pincushion on adding piping.

Review of my Megan Nielsen Karri dress pattern featuring multi-panels, a flared skirt and princess seams. Also, the dress in which I used a whole lot of piping.
This dress is all about piping

This dress had so many paneled seams, all with piping that by now I can say I’ve had a ton of practice on my piping skills. Some of the piping on the dress is not as nice as other parts, but this was a sort of test dress, to begin with.

Modern Meets Classic

While the dress has a very modern look with the multi-panels. I decided to make the dress in a solid gray cotton and use high contrasting white piping.

Review of my Megan Nielsen Karri dress pattern featuring multi-panels, a flared skirt and princess seams. Also, the dress in which I used a whole lot of piping.
I tried to give the dress a bit of a 1940’s look

The princess seams and flared skirt still gave the dress a bit of a classic look. So, I thought the high contrast might give it a late 30’s or maybe 40’s look to it. At least that’s how I decided to style dress with accessories.

Overall Thoughts

Never had I had so many fitting issues with a dress. Partially it’s my fault for not getting my current measurements, which had slightly increased (dang nab it).

Also, I had to keep track of so many pieces, which was difficult since at the time I was actually moving between two locations.

Review of my Megan Nielsen Karri dress pattern featuring multi-panels, a flared skirt and princess seams. Also, the dress in which I used a whole lot of piping.
It really is my most ambitious make, yet

Thus, the overall process was very frustrating. Still, as my husband told me, this was the most ambitious dress I’ve made. So, despite my issues and obvious flaws, I’m really proud of it.

In fact, I really want to try and make this dress again using striped fabric and to cut the stripes on the bias to give it even more geometric shaping.

The style of this dress has so many options as far how one chooses to place prints or add piping. Which means that no two Karri dresses are ever really going to look alike. Which I think is really cool and can’t wait to see everyone else’s Karri makes.

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Review of my Megan Nielsen Karri dress pattern featuring multi-panels, a flared skirt and princess seams. Also, the dress in which I used a whole lot of piping.

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Akram Taghavi-Burris

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