The swing dress has been on my radar for a little while now, but for some reason that I can’t remember, I never attempted to make one. Why? I DON’T KNOW BUT THEY ARE CUTE AF.
So, now that I have an unhealthy appetite for free-flowing dresses, I am happy to show you how I made mine and also how you can style them. *I’m not a stylist but this might give you an idea of how to wear yours when you make one—- and you will. Because it’s easy.*
This is another easy make which you can bash out in about an 1 hour. I love slow sewing projects but sometimes you just want to make something NOW. This project will give you that instant gratification buzz as well as a new dress. So a double buzz if you will.
Let’s get buzzing…
Fabric 2-3 meters
Sewing tools (machine, thread, scissors, Pins, Iron)
1.First let’s get our pattern pieces. Use a well-fitting T-shirt and fold in half from the centre. Make sure the shoulders, armholes and seams are aligned. Lay this on your folded fabric with the centre fold of the T-shirt matching with the fold in the fabric. Pin around the armhole seam and then pull back the sleeve to allow tracing of the arm hole. From the armpit mark measure all the way down to your desired length and angle the measure outward towards the open end of the folded fabric.The further out you make your flare the fuller the dress will be. You decide how much swing you want. Pin and mark your length and hem line.
2. Cut around the t-shirt and your dress measurements. This should give you your first pattern piece. (SEAM ALLOWANCE: I was using a stretch jersey so didn’t bother with a seam allowance and the fabric will stretch to my body. If you are using something less stretchy then make sure you add a 1.5cm seam allowance for sewing up.
3. Use the first pattern piece to trace and cut the second. Use the T-shirt to mark the front neck line and cut this out from the second piece. To make the sleeves, fold the fabric and place the sleeve on the fold. Pin round the seam line and then cut around the pinned area. Cut the sleeve to your desired length. Use this pattern to trace the second sleeve.
4. With right sides together, Pin and sew the shoulder seams of your front and back piece.
5. To attach the sleeve, lay the front and back piece right sides up. Pin the sleeve from the centre to the edges , right side down. At this point it should look like the sleeve is on upside down. (don’t worry, it’s not) Once you have pinned the sleeve to the armhole, sew together . Repeat this step for the other sleeve.
6.With right sides together, match up your side seams, armhole and sleeves. Pin and sew together in a continuous line, pivoting at the armpit.
7.To create a hi-low affect, fold your dress in half so that the shoulder points and sleeves are at the centre. Lay the flare of the dress flat and cut a curved line from the front fold of the dress to the back fold. Measure where you want the short front to start and cut in a downward curve, sloping to the original length at the back.
8.Finally, if you are happy with the length, hem the sleeve edge, neckline and hemline by folding over 1 cm and sewing a straight stitch to secure.
9. Give all your seams a press, throw it on and have a fun day!!!