Added Oct 2, 2013
by Shelly Moher
I was inspired to make this dress from finding this fabric in my closet. Its rich jewel coloring called my name and I knew I would make it into a swing dancing dress. I laid out the fabric on my pattern pieces and to my slight disappointment there was not enough for the back skirt panels. This happens a lot with my designs; there is usually not enough fabric because I buy it before I know what I’m making. This is when things get interesting and I am pushed to be creative and find solutions that in the end make the finish product more eye catching. I ended up going to Joann’s and finding the perfect black polyester linen look alike, which is what the rest of the dress shell is made out of. The lining is a black nylon and super soft. I didn’t have any lining at home and I wanted something that was smooth so I used a slip I never wore to line the bodice. I am in love with this dress! I used the Butterick pattern B5209; I shortened the skirt almost 3 inches because I like to show off my legs in dresses. This is me and my parents dog Fizzy ready to go out dancing. I’m going to wear my dress dancing tonight! I have been taking Lindy Hop lessons from a friend and we’re going to start a side business dancing at dinner during weddings and other events. I can’t wait!!
Polyester blend vintage fabric
Polyester blend black fabric
14" zipper closure
Butterick pattern B5209
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