Added Apr 6, 2011
I’ve made four of these dresses to date! The Sense and Sensibility 1940s Swing Dress pattern is definitely a tried and true pattern at this point; especially after refitting it for the sew-along I hosted on my blog earlier this year. I don’t really have a whole lot to say about the construction of this dress, other than that this is my favorite version!
The fabric is a beautiful silk print that I found online; it reminded me a lot of the abstract floral prints that were popular in the 1940s. I underlined the silk since it was a bit sheer, and it really helped the drape of the silk.
I made a lot of small fitting adjustments to tailor the pattern to me, but the only big ones I made to the look of the dress were: shortening the short sleeves even a bit more. Originally the short sleeves on most 40s dresses end just above the elbow; this is not my favorite (or most flattering on my arms) length. So I shortened those a bit more. I also left the back-tie sash off and made a self-covered belt (again; this is something I did on my previous version of this dress). Which also means I can swap this belt out for others!
The pattern originally calls for a button or brooch to hold the surplice neckline together. Instead I opted to make a flower from the book “Vintage Notions”. (A template of the pattern is available on BurdaStyle here as well!)
You can read more about this project (and the sew-along) on my blog .
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