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polka dot swing

Added Dec 13, 2010

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






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.

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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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    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 Justyna Marchewkowa


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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


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