Another 1940′s Swing Dress!

by Jeanie B on February 24, 2012 · 5 comments

in 1940s,Dresses,Mail Order Patterns,Vintage Sewing

I made this dress for Christmas and have only managed to photograph it today! The pattern is ‘Sense and Sensibility 40′s Swing Dress’ and I’ve made one before. The pattern instructions aren’t the clearest and I had problems with the bodice first time around, this time I remembered my previous mistakes.
I’m not sure it’s actually meant to be so ‘blouson’ but I like the way the bodice looks like it’s a separate, I think the bodice pattern pieces are too large for my frame, although the skirt is a great fit.

And boy I really matched up those checks didn’t I – I unpicked the skirt panels umpteen times to get the checks to line up nicely at the centre front and back.
But after all that angst guess what – I really wish I hadn’t bothered.

I wish I’d cut the skirt panels on the bias – I think the dress would look much nicer with the plaid on the diagonal! It might swing nicer too. Ce la vie.

There are more pics on my blog and you can find the first version of this dress I made for comparison.

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Vicki February 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm

It’s gorgeous. Beautiful sewing great fit. Well done.

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Katherine February 24, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I was sure these were separate until I started reading. I love the high waist on you!

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Time and again February 24, 2012 at 11:26 pm

I just love the colours. A bias cut on the skirt would look pretty special, but this looks fabulous too!

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pumpener March 26, 2012 at 5:02 am

This is just divine, the fabric print and colour are just perfect, youve really created an authentic 1940s dress, i look forward to making my own one day :)

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Danielle July 15, 2012 at 5:06 am

What a lovely dress and you’re right about it looking like separates. It gives it a beautiful edge.

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