Hello Dearies! I have another lovely Pattern from the Files to share with you all today: The darling 1940’s Swing Dress pattern put out by Sense & Sensibility Patterns.
I know you’ve probably seen us wear the dresses made from this pattern on our blog several times before, so I thought it was time for me to do a little review!
This is actually the pattern that got me into 1940’s sewing. The first dress I made from this pattern was the orange and white polkadot rayon maxi you see on the right. After that came the faux suede number on the left. One thing I should mention: I do not recommend making this dress out of faux suede! Bad choice of material on my part. 😛
Charlotte made the dress in the middle our of a lovely quilting weight cotton. Here’s some more links to various blog posts in which we have worn these and other dresses we have made from this pattern:
Image: Sense & Sensibility Patterns
This pattern was relatively easy to follow. It’s actually based on a 1943 Hollywood pattern. On account of the rationing during WWII, skirts and dresses of that era had narrower skirts and more tailored lines. This pattern is a perfect example of that style, and is a great starting point if you want to get into sewing yourself some 1940’s dresses. When I was making my first dress from this pattern, it helped me to follow along with Casey‘s GREAT Swing Dress sew-along that she did a few years ago. She tells how to alter the pattern, choose your fabric, and even how to install the zipper with a 1940’s period correct method! Casey actually interned with Mrs. Chancey (the lovely lady behind Sense & Sensibility Patterns), so I’m sure that assisted her in being able to put out such a helpful sew-along.
I would highly recommend this, or any of Sense & Sensibility’s patterns. Mrs. Chancey puts a lot of research into drafting and producing her patterns, and it truly shows.
Have you ever made Sense & Sensibility’s 1940’s Swing Dress?
What fabric would you make a swing dress out of?
Do you like the 1940’s style, or are you a gal of another era?
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