polka dot swing

Added Dec 13, 2010

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...

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I finished this dress late last week, have worn it a couple times and finally was able to get some snapshots yesterday to share with you! Of course, just as I’ve finished this lightweight, semi-sheer rayon dress, the weather has gotten chilly–but I don’t mind

The pattern is Sense and Sensibility’s “swing dress”http://sensibility.com/patterns/1940s-swing-dress-pattern/ , which is really becoming a staple for my wardrobe–this is number three that I’ve made from this pattern in the past year! What I like is that it’s not only a flattering silhouette, but also a basic without being boring–something I need more of in my closet. I made a few changes to the pattern when I made this up: namely leaving off the back sash ties. I used those on the previous two dresses, but kept wondering how the dress would look without them and a belt instead? I’m wearing one of my favorite vintage belts in these pictures, but also made a bow belt and have another with a vintage black buckle in the works. It’s a simple swap, but really opens up the possibilities for accessorizing.

One thing I had made a mental note of on the other two versions was that I really needed to interface the midriff piece–especially with this light and somewhat slippery fabric. I just used a knit fusible interfacing, applied to the midriff only, and that helped a lot with any possibly distortion on this lightweight fabric. Another change I did was to modify the sleeve cap, which is more of a fitting tweak, but just as necessary to achieving the shoulder line I wanted. In both my previous versions of this dress the sleeve cap has been far too full for the smooth, set-in style that the envelope shows. Since the pattern is based on a 40s pattern, this is not surprising–many commercial patterns from this era have simply too much ease in the sleeve cap. It’s an easy fix, involving measuring and re-cutting the cap to fit the armhole with the proper amount of ease though.

Material Notes

rayon

Difficulty

Novice

Categories

Season
Fall
For
Women
Garment Type
Dress
Style
Vintage
Material
Rayon

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    Sep 8, 2012, 06.33 PMby Ivuyguille

    i love the two looks! wonderful! congrats!

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    Jan 6, 2012, 03.01 PMby amberg

    I ahve had an obession with a dress very similar to this. The blue polka dot one that Gwen Stephani wore in No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” film clip. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR3Vdo5etCQ&ob=av2e I think this version has tyaken over as my favourite though. I will be making this soon (Finally!!!), as I’ve been wanting to for a few years. I will post it up once it is done. Thanks again Casey, you’re work is incredible!

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    Nov 2, 2011, 09.45 PMby step-van-b

    Gorgeous!

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    Aug 29, 2011, 10.35 AMby Rosy1964

    This dress is soooo beautiful …. it has everything that I can want in a vintage dress

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    Dec 31, 2010, 01.26 AMby tashmopolitan

    You styled everything so well!

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    Dec 17, 2010, 12.29 AMby aluckmann

    I do love your work Casey. This dress fits you well and looks fantastic. This stockings are fun too :)

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    Dec 16, 2010, 10.25 PMby elegantmusings

    Thank you all so, so much for your sweet words!!!! :)

    ♥ Casey

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    Dec 15, 2010, 09.09 PMby cherwinamy

    yet another vote for: stunning!

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    Dec 15, 2010, 06.40 PMby whiterussian

    I really like! nice job

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    Dec 15, 2010, 09.19 AMby nellielke

    Absolutely Gorgeous! You’ve inspired me to make one for work. Simply Stunning!

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    Dec 15, 2010, 12.59 AMby Syrena B

    How pretty! Looks great!

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    Dec 14, 2010, 04.54 PMby 6kidsathome

    fits you so well and is gorgeous

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    Dec 14, 2010, 02.45 PMby danny5280

    Love the dress – very chic!

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    Dec 14, 2010, 01.35 PMby mamamodista

    Both you and the dress look lovely! Well done!

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    Dec 14, 2010, 11.16 AMby kokuryu

    Glamorous!

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    Dec 14, 2010, 10.12 AMby lizah

    beautiful dress, beautiful woman.

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    Dec 14, 2010, 05.58 AMby cambra

    stunning and it fits you so perfectly!

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    Dec 14, 2010, 04.48 AMby momsgotanewhobby

    Completely gorgeous, as usual!

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    Dec 13, 2010, 07.45 PMby celinaj

    WOW!! Beautiful classic dress! Love the styling and the stockings :)

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    Dec 13, 2010, 07.15 PMby kkmatti

    Stunning! The arms are just perfect.

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    Dec 13, 2010, 05.55 PMby inaida

    It’s soo beautiful!!! lovely! and your hairstyle is just ideal!

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    Dec 13, 2010, 03.07 PMby marlalalalere

    You look amazing ! I can’t believe you’re novice …. very good job!

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    Dec 13, 2010, 03.00 PMby analogue

    Beautiful dress, fits you perfectly

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    Dec 13, 2010, 02.18 PMby ash18

    Elegant.. dress suits you very well.

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    Dec 13, 2010, 01.04 PMby susanne2011

    It’s a gorgeous dress, I am impressed!

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    Dec 13, 2010, 11.29 AMby freakusbzzz

    Very cool. I am making a dress out of fabric like this now and it’s horrid and slippy and sags when it hangs so you have to refit after cutting.

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    Dec 13, 2010, 11.01 AMby katensew

    A very flattering style – it really suits you.

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    Dec 13, 2010, 10.14 AMby magdamagda

    a lesson in elegance with the best flavour from the past! … as usual, vintage princess!

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    Dec 13, 2010, 07.51 AMby Denim Skirts Etc

    Love this dress and the styling.

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    Dec 13, 2010, 05.10 AMby libra-s

    Gorgeous!

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