At the beginning of the summer I bought Megan Nielsen's Eucalypt pattern to make myself a few shirts and dresses. Y'all. I am by no means an experienced clothing sewist but let me tell you: this pattern is legit. It is simple, flattering, and comfortable. The patterns themselves are beautiful, and the instructions are so clear. It's all practically foolproof.
My sister's birthday was August 9 and I offered to make her a dress as a gift. It kind of ruined the surprise, but I wanted her to choose the fabric. She made a supremely excellent choice with Robert Kaufman's Dot Chambray in Indigo. This fabric is so. good. It is soft and drapey and so very cute.
I sewed up her dress, taking extra care since it wasn't for me. I've never made clothing for someone else, so that was a little nervewracking! It's one thing to wear your own clothes, mistakes and all, it's another thing entirely to send homemade clothing to someone else and expect them to like it! I used French seams throughout, which give it such a nice finished look on the inside, and of course help prevent fraying. As an extra special touch I used a pretty patterned lawn for the bias facing. I'm obsessed with this dress. I desperately wanted to try it on, but we are not the same size so I just took a bunch of photos and sent it off.
And then...disaster struck, in the form of the United States Postal Service. Who, to my recollection, has never lost a single piece of mail I've ever sent. Until now. Because of course. The first package they lose is the painstakingly handmade birthday gift.
I purchased extra of the chambray, planning to make something for myself, so if it really doesn't show up (it's been a month now, so probably not but I'm still holding out a teeny bit of hope), I'm going to make her another. And I will ship it via Pony Express.
(And then I'll buy 20 more yards of this fabric and make an entire wardrobe out of it.)