This is a repeat of a pattern from one of my favorite indie designers, Megan Nielsen. As you can see, I decided to give the Eucalypt Dress from her Breakwater Collection another go. It was pretty successful, wouldn’t you say?
I made this dress last summer when I was pregnant with Baby J and added a front button placket, thinking that it would be a good nursing dress. Theoretically it would have been, but I never wore that dress much. As in, I wore it maybe 2 or 3 times before it was comically big.
But Eucalypt is a good, basic pattern, and I wanted to give it another go. The pattern is designed with a lot of ease and fits pretty loose through the bust and armscyce. With that in mind, I cut a size XS in the bust and graded to a S at the waist and hip.
The fit is pretty good overall. I’m quite pleased with how it fits through the bust, though I probably could stand to deepen the armscyce a bit. I think the XS would probably have been fine throughout, but I do appreciate the extra ease in the waist and hips.
My only complaint is that the fabric pools just a bit in the small of my back. I’ve gathered from other sewists that this probably means I need a swayback adjustment. Or that my booty needs to get smaller 🙂
This fabric is actual, genuine Liberty tana lawn. I picked it up on Massdrop a few months ago. It was still pricey, but not nearly as bad as paying full retail price.
Liberty is definitely nice, I won’t deny that. But to be honest, I wouldn’t pay$36 a yard for it, or whatever crazy price is typically demands. I mean it’s nice, but it’s not THAT nice.
This dress was perfect for a hot, sticky summer day. And since our dog days of summer seem to have hit, I should still get plenty of use out of it this year!
Pattern: Eucalypt Dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns.
Size: XS at the bust, graded to a S at the waist and hips.
Fabric: Liberty of London tana lawn.
Modifications: None, other than the grading between sizes. I finished the openings with bias tape, per the instructions.
Fit: Good. The fit is nice through the bust, though I could use some more room in the armscyce. The fabric pools a bit in my lower back. I think this means I need a swayback adjustment … or a smaller booty!
Pattern Format: I have this pattern in paper, but currently it is only available in PDF. Megan Nielsen’s paper patterns are some of my favorite — they’re so beautiful and well-done. It makes me sad that they’re not available in paper anymore.
- Easy, straightforward construction. This would make a good beginning project that is still stylish.
- Pretty straightforward to fit. I didn’t have nearly the fit issues with this tank dress as I did with the Wiksten tank.
- Classic style. This will have lots of staying power.
- As drafted, the fit is a little baggy for my taste. I just made a size smaller to address this.
Overall Grade: A. Simple, straightforward silhouettes like this are really in right now, and Eucalypt is a great option. The PDF version of the pattern is only $12 AUD, which IMO, makes it a pretty good deal.