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.
LOOKING FOR MORE EUCALYPT POSTS?
Here’s the full list of posts and tutorials that will be included in the Eucalypt Sewalong:
- Useful Eucalypt Tutorials
- Raising the Eucalypt armscye
- Three ways to sew a bias-facing neckline
- How to make bias tape
- How to add faux shoulder ties
- How to sew a gathered waist Eucalypt
- How to make a jersey maxi dress
- Button front Eucalypt
- Zip front Eucalypt
- Cottesloe & Eucalypt Maker Round-Up
- Inspiration & Ideas for the Eucalypt Top & Dress
We absolutely love seeing what you make, so don’t forget to tag your creations with #MNeucalypt and @megannielsenpatterns when sharing on social media, and check out what everyone else is up to!