Back with a Briar

Ada Spragg // DIY Briar Cropped Top I don’t really know how to begin this post. I feel like I’ve been well and truly back in the Blogosphere since early January. Happily lurking in the background, catching up on everyone elses posts, meanwhile working myself into a state over the perfect witty title / grand re-entrance scenario for my own. I figure it’s one of those things that’s just not going to happen if I wait around any longer, so here is me pushing myself out of the nest, getting back on the horse / any other awkward animal-related expression for starting over.
DIY Briar Crop Top by Ada Spragg
So. Happy New Year. Lets take a moment to chat about about the lovely Megan Neilsen. Fellow Aussie chick, mama, self-taught sewer, whom happens to just, you know, run a household, clothing label and design her own line of sewing patterns. Enough enough! The woman is a well oiled machine and could probably release a best seller on time-management. But for the meanwhile I’m content building up my hand-made wardrobe with pieces from her very-wearable pattern collection. You may already be familiar with her Darling Ranges dress (or skirt, when sizing charts elude), the Banksia blouse, the Kelly skirt (on the list) but her latest, the Briar, is my favourite yet…
 DIY Briar Cropped Top by ADA SPRAGG
Maybe you know what I’m talking about when sometimes an easy sew looks like an easy sew when its finished. Not the Briar. I’ve had more compliments lavished upon this top than any other hand-made item of mine which sees the light of day. And not once has it been followed up with ‘oh’… pause… ‘did you make that?’ + judging eyes. Certainly the best outcome for handmade stuffs but especially surprising because it’s such a simple top. It’s not overwhelmed by fussy details, just a wee pocket, a neatly bound neckline and a scooped hem. The Briar has nothing to prove. It’s comfortable in it’s own skin and it makes me feel just so wearing it.
Ada Spragg // DIY Moss Green Briar Top
If that’s not enough reasons to fall for Briar, it also makes for the perfect layering companion. I made it up in this metalic cotton knit (whatever thread in there that makes it metalic, also gives it a crushy effect which is kind of cool) originally to layer over my Tribal maxi dress but I’ve since had so much fun styling it with other things, it hasn’t even reached the maxi yet. I love that, in being so simple, the pattern leaves room for play. As well as a cropped version like this, you can make a t-shirt length variation or a straight across hem if the high-low trend isn’t your thang. And that’s before you even start to look at fabrics. I knocked my own socks off here, voluntarily choosing a SOLID. Not just being the print fiend that I am, but because I had Megan’s short sleeved tribal Briar on my mind. And if that’s not enough versatility for ya, the Briar also makes up in a woven…results in soon!
Ada Spragg // DIY Briar Cropped Top
Okay okay, the glasses…just a prop. You guys know I like playing dress-ups!

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  • Tarawrote:

    Really cute! I’ve got to check her patterns out again. Maybe a maternity friendly item will be in the future for my third pregnancy.

  • Kirstywrote:

    Your blair looks great! I love that fabric. Having just made my first one as well, I’ve been amazed at how flattering they are.

  • Venus-Suburbia Soupwrote:

    Ooo… me likey! Nice to see you back! 🙂

  • CARUwrote:

    Welcome back, glad to read about you again.

  • kristinwrote:

    SOPHIEEEEE! I’ve missed you, girl! Love the Briar; I actually got Darling Ranges for Christmas and have been itching to sew it up for springtime. Megan’s patterns are so stylish and great.

  • small + friendlywrote:

    Welcome back! Love the Brair and those frames really suit you!

  • Max of Max California ★wrote:


    Also your shirt rocks ^_^

  • anu*mikiwrote:

    Best (styled) Briar I’ve seen till now. I love it!

  • Staceywrote:

    YAY, welcome back! I was just thinking of you the other day and wondering what you’ve been up to. I love the top. I’ve promised myself to sew a few items for ME this year. Since I have no base of where to go for patterns, I’ll consider this is a fabulous referral. Glad to see you didn’t wait for pigs to fly to jump back in.

  • Groovymamawrote:

    This is so cool, beautiful Sophie. Welcome back – and please stay, create, inspire! 🙂


  • Truly Myrtlewrote:

    I’ve had my eye on Briar – I’m too old to be showing off my baby battered tummy though – your layering would perfect for me 🙂
    Loving your whole oufit – the shoes and the earrings are fab 🙂

  • Rosiwrote:

    I just bought fabric yesterday to make the exact same version of Briar! Hope it looks as good on me!

  • Neuswrote:

    It’s great!! I’m so jealous of your summertime!

    Solids are a must, I’m not used to sew them, but at the end, is what I enjoy the most wearing.
    (sorry about my English, I think everyday is worst)
    Glad you’re back!

  • Marionwrote:

    I can see this as a versatile top for travel and might I add you look just so wearing it.

  • megannielsenwrote:

    You made a woven Briar?! i my word. i can’t wait to see how that turned out!!! what an awesome idea 🙂

  • lisa g.wrote:

    cute top! i’m with you on loving the compliments that aren’t followed by the “did you make it?” question. those are the best! nice to see you back 🙂

  • gingermakeswrote:

    Welcome back! This looks adorable on you! I’m dying to make a Briar!

  • Laurawrote:

    So pleased you’re back. That top really suits you. Can’t wait to see what else you’ve been sewing.

  • sparkletheunicornsewswrote:

    Good to see you back, I’ve missed your blog! The briar is a fabulous pattern, you’re rocking the cropped version!

  • Vanessa@Designs By Sessawrote:

    I love how you wrote about the Briar! I feel the same way about it! It’s next up on my list of things to post! I like the longer sleeve length on yours! Very cute on you!

  • Carolynwrote:

    It’s official – this is definitely my favorite Briar!
    Sewn beautifully and styled fantastically! You look amazing!

  • I will work for Fabricwrote:

    Wow I love it, I didn’t even want the pattern until I saw your version. I think you served me when I was fabric shopping a few weeks back, I thought it was you but was too shy to say hi in case it wasn’t really you!

  • Trinawrote:

    I love your ‘crushy’ fabric! It look so lovely layered too – though how on earth did you manage to wear layers and jeans in this weather lol! I can’t wait for the cooler weather this heat is stifling! Looking forward to seeing your woven version 🙂

  • crystalpleatswrote:

    It is such a simple, but attractive top. Funny how its often those items that draw so much attention. Glad to see you posting again. Your makes are always very inspiring.

  • Amywrote:

    That looks great on you (and the glasses too) – maybe I’ll have to try again after my disastrous version!

  • lemonsareforlickingwrote:

    Wow, I think I need to make one now. love it when you sew for yourself. it’s one if the things I want to focus on tius year.

  • Amber Nelsenwrote:

    I’ve been missing your posts! This top is really cute on you. I’ve been seeing versions around the web and they’re all super flattering which I wouldn’t immediately have thought would be the case. I finally finished my first dress by the way (no post yet, but coming soon). I had your voice in my head the whole time saying I could do it 🙂

  • Mariewrote:

    I loved Briar as soon as it was released and you’ve just proved why! What a great version, I love the colour you chose and your layering effect is spot on!

  • Iliska Dreamswrote:

    Even though they are just a prop the frames are great. Where did you get them? I am in dire need of new glasses, and since I got my lasy ones in Hong Kong, it is in the too hard basket to get the smae one again.


  • Kessemwrote:

    I love this I think it’s my favorite briar yet! I love that you wore it over a striped shirt (I just LOVE stripes) and the glasses definitely add to the feel! Beautiful!

  • Simple Simon & Cowrote:

    Welcome back! I’ve never sewn a megan nielsen pattern before but they all are adorable…I should do that…

  • Johannawrote:

    I loove Megan Nielsen! I wasn’t convinced about the Briar though, but your is helping me like it! I just had a brilliant idea after seeing yours that it might just be the perfect partner with my nursing tanks in the colder months! pull one up and one down and bingo! Yay and welcome back!!

  • Erinwrote:

    how cute are you??? i love this entire outfit 🙂

  • sallie oleta barbeewrote:

    Ah this is so sweet! A perfect layering top! I love the crushy texture of the fabric, it adds such an interesting element!

  • Jowrote:

    Great briar. Can I ask where you bought the metallic cotton knit fabric? I can’t seem to find any. Thanks!

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