A few weeks ago, on the very first warm weekend of spring, Mr. Sweet and I decided to go exploring. There’s this walking trail with an old historic house nearby that we’ve been wanting to check out since we first moved here a few years ago, so, camera in hand, we decided to take a trip over there.
People were preparing for a function at the historic house when we arrived, so we didn’t get to walk around it this time, but we were still able to check out the grounds and the walking path. I’m usually pretty shy about doing these photo shoots in public (or in general, really! Haha.), but I was wearing this dress and thought it might be fun to switch it up a little from my usual posts.
The pattern is the Eucalypt Dress from Megan Nielsen’s new Breakwater Collection. To be completely honest, I wasn’t sure that I was going to sew up this pattern right away. It looked like a great basic piece, but I don’t find loose shift dress type styles to be terribly flattering on me. But then Megan released some of her pattern kits with the fabrics from her photo shoot and I just couldn’t resist! I’d absolutely fallen in love with all of the styling pics and fabric choices for this collection, so I splurged and purchased two of her kits – this dress and the Cascade Skirt (which I’ve also stitched up – review soon!). The fabric in both kits is beautiful and I am happy to say that they are so worth it!
I cut out my usual size small in Megan Nielsen patterns, but I cut the length to the extra large size. This is something that I also always do with Megan Nielsen patterns and in this case it added an extra inch to the hem length, which I found to be long enough.
The sizing for this pattern was perfect, but I didn’t find the shape to be terribly flattering on me at the dress length. I think that a lot of shapes can pull that style off, but on me it just looked like a nightgown and nothing like the model shots. I wanted to be able to wear it outside (because the fabric is just gorgeous!), so I decided to add a bit more shape to it.
This modification was really easy to do! Here’s what I did: I tried on the dress, measured where I wanted it to come in at the waist, and then made a tube out of some of the leftover fabric from the kit. Then I sewed that tube onto the inside of the dress and inserted some 1/4 inch elastic (which I’d measured out to my waist circumference plus a tiny bit of ease) into that tube and pulled it through.
Voila! A comfy cinched elastic waist!
The first “waist casing” picture above shows a close up of what the outside of the dress looks like after I put the elastic casing in, and the second picture shows the fabric tube that holds the elastic casing on the inside of the dress.
(Hooray! So excited about my new dress!)
Overall, I think that this is a really fun pattern. I will definitely be sewing it again using this modification and I am also curious about the tank version!
Have you sewn up the Eucalpyt pattern? What have some of your favorite patterns been so far this summer?