City Skyline Eucalypt

This was a different kind of sewing experience for me!  I ordered a kit from Megan Nielsen, and it came complete with the pattern, fabric, and notions needed to make the Eucalypt dress.  So there was no deliberation over fabric choice, no guessing how it would turn out…DSC_0415

It also came with a cute little tote bag to keep everything in that says “I Make Fashion” on the outside.  This bag now lives on my sewing table, and I use it to keep whatever project I am currently working on.  That phrase has really inspired me to make clothes that are an expression of me, and my style, and not just random articles of clothing.  “I make fashion”, not “I make clothes”.  I never fully understood people using clothes and fashion as expression, but for some reason now that I can make my own clothes it just clicks for me.  On days when I am not wearing anything I made I feel a bit off, not quite fully myself.  DSC_0417When I saw this dress, in this fabric, I just knew I had to make it!  I hoped Megan would make it available as a kit, and as soon as she did I snatched one up.  I am glad I did because they sold out quick!  The fabric is linen, super soft and perfect for summer.  I just love the city skyline printed on it, I think it is a very cool effect.  I wish I could find fabric like this in stores, it feels really special and stylish.  I have enough left over to make shorts? A skirt? I am leaning towards shorts.DSC_0427 (1)For the fit- I made a muslin first, because that’s how I roll…super simple, I cut the seam allowance off the neckline, arm holes and hem, then just sewed up the side seams.  It took all of 15 minutes.  I cut a XS and it was pretty gapey (is that a word?) in the armholes.  I took the side seams in by 3/8″ and the fit was perfect!

I wore that muslin all evening as I sewed, to bed that night, and most of the next day around the house (don’t judge me, ha).  Which inspired another project based on this pattern that I will show you later in the month.

SO…I cut into my beautiful, irreplaceable fabric and sewed up this dress in one evening- these babies sew up fast!  I did french seams on the sides, and the neck and arm holes are bound with bias tape- whenever I use this method I always follow the tutorial on the Grainline site, it really works to get a nice flat line.

DSC_0540 (1)And look at my cute little Megan Nielsen tag!!  That came with the kit too, along with Megan Nielsen bias tape 🙂  It totally looks RTW with that tag in there.  

I played around with the styling a little bit while taking photos:DSC_0445 (1)

with the only belt I own.

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added my new chambray Archer shirt.

DSC_0467 (1)dressed up a bit with a wrap sweater, another Clyde’s Rebirth necklace, and ballerina flats.

This is another favorite pattern for me from Megan Nielsen!  I think she really excels at making simple, stylish patterns that can be modified a million ways.  I was looking through Anthropologie’s website today, and I pinned a bunch of tops and dresses that you could make using this pattern as a base.  And you know I’ll do it!  DSC_0420 (1)

And Megan, if you are reading this I hope you are getting lots of well deserved rest and relaxation 🙂  You inspire me!!

 

  • What a gorgeous dress! I was lusting over that fabric on her site too — so smart to snap up a kit. I’m really looking forward to making a Eucalypt dress. I think I might try one with a front button placket.

    • Kelly

      I think that would be really cool! I keep thinking of so many different options for this dress, it really is a good blank canvas.

  • Beautiful dress! I love that print too, so original!

    • Kelly

      Thank you!!

  • what a great dress, i love all the different style options. i have a hard time spending top dollar for such a simple shape, but this really turned out amazing! my mind may be changing… 🙂

    • Kelly

      This one kind of snuck up on me, at the time I think I bought it more for the fabric than the pattern. But it has a really nice fit- loose without being baggy and sack-like. It is really comfortable- I want to try a knit version too. I think I will make so many it is definitely worth the price!

  • ooh this is gorgeous! That fabric is just so cool and your make looks so perfect and neat. It is a really positive statement to say ‘I make fashion’ isn’t it? It’s a real statement of intent – taking back ‘fashion’ from the sole preserve of designers/advertisers with very specific ideas about what we ‘should’ wear and making it about what we want to wear to express our personal style.

    • Kelly

      Yes!! Exactly 🙂 And going through the whole process, from picking the design- maybe modifying a pattern or drafting your own…picking the fabric, perfecting the fit, styling….it is all so satisfying to me. And everyone sharing in this online community (worldwide!!) is so awesome too 🙂

  • Totally gorgeous! That fabric is just brilliant.

    • Kelly

      Thank you!! I know, I am still dying over this fabric, I love it.

  • Lovely dress! I like all of the different ways you can style it. You should definitely make a pair of shorts with the leftover material. That would be really cute!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Becca!! I have the Grainline Maritime shorts pattern, I am going to do that as long as I have enough fabric 🙂

  • this is gorgeous, kelly! seems like it’d be so easy to throw on and go in the summertime.

    • Kelly

      Thanks Kristin! Yeah, I think I will make a few more of these in summery fabrics…may be my uniform all summer 🙂 And we are moving to California in the fall, so I can probably wear them all year round!

  • I was admiring this fabric as well. Your version looks so clean and modern, nice fit!

    • Kelly

      Thank you! I didn’t do much to alter the fit, it is a great basic pattern!

  • Suzanne Williams

    Very pretty! And love the fabric! Looks so comfortable 🙂

    • Kelly

      Thanks, yes it is very comfortable!! 🙂

  • Great dress! The fabric is awesome – just what a simple pattern like this calls for.

    • Kelly

      Thank you so much! I think the fabric is key with a pattern like this, it can change the look of the dress completely. I just got some fabric for another version and it will look totally different, which I think is really fun 🙂

  • Yay! Twinsies!! Haha, I was just heading over here from the Megan Nielsen Flickr pool and saw your comment on my blog post! Isn’t the fabric great??! Sigh… I just couldn’t resist that kit, the print is so unique and that linen is amazing. The Eucalypt looks beautiful on you and I love the styling that you did with it, it’s the perfect summer dress! It looks really good with the Archer! Can’t wait to see what you do with the extra fabric that you have left from it too! 🙂

    • Kelly

      I think I am definitely doing some shorts…I just have to check and make sure I have enough fabric for it. I was trying to squeak out a cropped version of the Victoria Blazer from BHL (that I ordered from you, yay!) I could just fit it, but the pattern matching would be a little wonky and I am not really happy with it. If all else fails I know I can definitely make a simple gathered skirt, I have the border print along the whole length left. I’ll use every last bit of it, ha!

  • Oooh, how fabulous! I knew that Megan had kits, but had no idea they included so much. I’m going to have to look into one, when I have some free cash. I like the dress styled best with the Archer shirt and necklace. Beautiful!

    • Kelly

      Thank you so much! I would have bought all of the kits if I had the means, she picks beautiful fabric!

  • AWESOME! I love it when a simple, comfortable piece can be a unique wardrobe addition AND a versatile wardrobe addition. It is rare for me to get all that in one garment. I love this.

    • Kelly

      Thank you so much! Of course all of the credit here goes to Megan Nielsen, since she designed the pattern AND picked out the fabric for me, haha. (Maybe not for ME, personally…but I like to imagine we are BFFs)

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