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minty swing dress

Added Apr 6, 2011

by elegantmusings

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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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    Nov 2, 2011, 09.43 PMby step-van-b

    WOW – I just discovered your dress. It’s amazing.

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    Jul 24, 2011, 11.50 PMby Irina Schwab

    This is so goergous, and suits you so nicely.

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    Jun 17, 2011, 07.21 PMby Fipp

    Ok, I am in love with this dress, and dying over the material!! great job!!!!

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    Apr 11, 2011, 03.13 PMby Samantha Green

    I love, love this dress, just beautiful. Where did you get the pattern?

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    Apr 7, 2011, 09.10 PMby Denise Angela

    Gorgeous..love your dress!

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    Apr 7, 2011, 11.49 AMby mokosha

    lovely dress.. and so beautifully made

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    Apr 6, 2011, 10.22 PMby Liora Litman-Cohen

    you and your work are smething to strive for,to a beginner like me!!

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    Apr 6, 2011, 07.15 PMby loyl8

    ok so you always make amazing adorable outfits, but for your photos do you anything else besides natural light? like a white board or something reflective. Your photos are always so sunny and cheery I love them

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    Apr 6, 2011, 07.01 PMby Gabriele Yorlano

    Love this dress. Nice Job. Flattering!

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    Apr 6, 2011, 06.06 PMby flowergirl22

    really nice colour,, oh you had your hair down,, sweet

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    Apr 6, 2011, 05.22 PMby Jodi Wade

    Aaaaaaaaah I love it! This style of dress suits you so well. I want this dress!!

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    Apr 6, 2011, 02.41 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    this dress is not beautiful! it is a masterpiece and i love love love everything on it! BRAVO! i wish, women would wear this kind of style much more!

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    Apr 6, 2011, 02.27 PMby emilywirt

    This is beautiful! I love your hair and makeup, too. It completes the outfit.

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    Apr 6, 2011, 10.54 AMby BlancheOfArts

    Perfect, as always. :)

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    Apr 6, 2011, 10.34 AMby baka-pepica

    just great!

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    Apr 6, 2011, 10.19 AMby ajtak7171

    UUUUH-Mazing! As always. You are absolutely fabulous!

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    Apr 6, 2011, 07.25 AMby zaarissima

    what a great dress!!!!! absolutly 40s-Style – really beautiful!

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    Apr 6, 2011, 03.25 AMby turtlegirl00

    love it!!! :) very flattering!

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    Apr 6, 2011, 02.17 AMby puffling

    Hi Casey – I loved this when I saw it on your blog a few weeks ago. The fabric is gorgeous too!

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