Swing Dress Tutorial

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Okay, so here is my first tutorial! Please bear with me, I’m new to blogging and to be honest I’m pretty new to what I’m blogging about, any feedback is very welcome! I was given a few pieces of fabric a while ago and as this is such a large piece I knew I wanted to make a dress, the fabric is quite heavy which makes it great for the cooler weather approaching, a lighter fabric with more drape would work well too.

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Swing dresses are great, the are easy to wear and a belt instantly makes them smarter. They are also great to sew because there is considerable room for error as they don’t need to fit perfect measurements, and you don’t even need to add a button or zip. If you can sew a curved hem you are good to go!

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You will just need some newspaper and a pen to make the pattern, plus of course the material (two meters), scissors, matching thread and a tape measure. Oh, and a sewing machine of course!

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I used this image above to create the pattern (click image to enlarge), with a couple of adjustments that I will specify as I go along. I have tried to find the original link but it has evaded me, so here is a link to the creator’s website. I guess this would fit a size 8 UK depending on the fit you want.

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First you need to draw these measurements onto the newspaper and cut out the pattern.

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If your material has a pattern, consider where you want this to be on the dress, then fold it over and pin the pattern along the crease, then cut through both layers. Do this for the back piece too, the only difference is the height of the neck hole.

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Pin the two pieces together and sew a straight stitch along the shoulders and sides, leaving the arm holes. Remember to back stitch at the beginning and end. It’s already looking pretty close to being finished! This is a good point to try the dress on, you can get a rough idea of the fit and determine whether you want to change anything. I cut the bottom line into more of a curved edge, and shortened it by 2 cm. I also took a little in from the sides.

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Fold the bottom edge over by 5mm, and then over again by 5mm, so that the raw edge is hidden. Pin in place and repeat with the neck and arm holes. Carefully sew these parts, remember this will be visible on the outside so use a cotton thread that matches!

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And that’s it! You’re done!!

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