sense and sensibility pattern

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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Swing dress

by Isis on January 9, 2012 · 6 comments

in 1940s,Dresses

Here is a few pictures of Sense & Sensibility’s swing dress. A review on the pattern can be found on my blog.  To be truthful, I have been more pleased with other sewing projects. I strongly suspect the polyester in the wool blend is to blame for the skirt not draping nicely. I really need a brooch at the neckline as it gapes much too much left as it is. The dress isn’t fancy, but it will work nicely for everyday and I’m sure I will wear it, even if I’m not 100% satisfied.

A picture that says a lot of the true circumstances when taking photos in our family. Adolph’s tail in the foreground, Lipton’s ears and Mats thinking that if I’m sitting down, then I must want a cat in my lap.

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