MN2101 Eucalypt / Sewalongs

How to: Raising the Eucalypt armscye

Ok, let’s talk Eucalypt, my friends. The Eucalypt tank/dress is a wardrobe basic and is meant to have a loose, relaxed fit. Part of that loose fit means that the armhole (or armscye) hangs a bit lower than some of the other Megan Nielsen patterns. If you like that relaxed fit, well then awesome – no changes needed! But if you are feeling like it might be a little too low for you, if you are worried about your bra peeking out from the side, then it is a suuuper easy adjustment to raise the armscye. No, really. Because there is no sleeve involved, adjusting the armscye is as simple as redrawing the curve. No headache involved!

Read on the see how you can raise that armscye, and put your mind at ease…

1. Start by placing pieces of paper underneath your pattern pieces, so that the edges line up with your side seams. Tape in place.

2. Decide how much you want to raise the underarm. I did 1/2”, which is probably a good amount for most people. Make your 1/2” mark up the side seam, extending the perpendicular line just a bit.

3. You don’t want to change the width of your shoulder seam at all. So lay your french curve, or curved tool, so that it lines up with the edge of the shoulder and your new underarm mark. You want your curve to be smooth, and not too severe. Draw your new armhole.

4. Cut it out, and repeat the same steps for the back bodice. Remember to raise your underarm the exact same amount for each pattern. Your new curve will probably be slightly different on the back than on the front, but that’s normal! All that matters is that you raise the underarm the same amount, and the side seams match up.


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About Author

Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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10 years ago

So that’s what those curled tools are for! Very helpful.


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C Daugherty
C Daugherty
10 years ago

Is knit fabric also appropriate for the Eucalypt Tank?

10 years ago
Reply to  C Daugherty

You certainly can try it in knit! I would recommend going down a size though as the Eucalypt is a loose style. I’ve been wanting to make myself a knit version for a while too!

10 years ago

I’m going to try it in a stable knit. Also thought a capped sleeve would be cute. Anyone try that? Not sure how good I would be at making a pattern for a sleeve though…….