Briar by Megan Nielsen

A knit t-shirt with a hi-low hem, two neckline finishes, three sleeve lengths, and optional pocket.

Pattern: Briar
Designer: Megan Nielsen
Categories: Long-Sleeved Shirt, Tees, Cropped
Difficulty: Beginner
Recommended Fabrics: Knits, Jersey, Ponte de Roma, Sweater Knit
required fabric: 7/8 to 2 yards
Sizes: XS - XL
Paper Sewing Pattern$18.39
Paper Sewing Pattern$18.39


The Briar top by Megan Nielsen is a fun take on a basic knit t-shirt or sweater. The Briar can be sewn up in a standard or cropped length and both versions feature a hi-low hem. Two neckline finishes, three sleeve lengths, and an optional pocket are also included making this a very versatile pattern. Pair the long-sleeved, standard length Briar with a pair of cut-off shorts for a sporty look. You can also dress up the short-sleeve cropped version with a high-waisted skirt.

Pattern Previews

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Pattern Details

Intended Paper Size: Not Applicable

Pattern Size Chart (inches)


Finished Garment Measurements (inches)

Version 1 & 2 (cropped length)21 3/42222 1/422 1/222 3/4
Version 3 & 4 (full length)29 3/43030 1/430 1/230 3/4

Fabric Required (yards)

Version 1 60" Wide 7/8 7/8111
Version 1 45" Wide1 3/41 3/41 4/51 4/51 4/5
Version 2 60" Wide1 1/41 1/41 1/41 1/41 1/4
Version 2 45" Wide1 3/41 3/41 4/51 4/51 4/5
Version 3 60" Wide1 1/81 1/81 1/81 1/81 1/8
Version 3 45" Wide22222
Version 4 60" Wide1 1/21 1/21 1/21 1/21 1/2
Version 4 45" Wide22222

Recommended Fabrics

Required Sewing Techniques

Required Tools

  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Pins
  • Measuring Tape
  • Fabric Scissors

Optional Tools

  • Serger
  • Rotary Cutter and Mat

Required Supplies

  • Clear Elastic
  • Thread
  • Twill Tape
  • Universal Needle

Optional Supplies

  • Ballpoint Needle
  • Stretch Needle
  • Twin Needle

Additional Notes

This pattern includes step-by-step instructions with illustrations. Fabric should have a minimum of 20% stretch and if using a fabric with more than 40% stretch keep in mind the fit will be looser.

This was a very clear PDF pattern. On Megan Nielsen's blog I found the tutorial on how to change the Briar tee to a dress. This dress rocks my world. I cannot tell you how many people have stopped me and asked me where I got this dress from. YAY!