1940s Swing Dress Sew Along – Always make a Toile

This a really interesting sew along based on a pattern from Sense & Sensibility.  Casey at http://blog.caseybrowndesigns.com is leading it and providing pictures to guide the participants in all the difficult areas. 

I had to make two toiles because the bodice needed a lot of shortening to fit me and I made the mistake of not checking I had done all the alterations correctly.  Bad!! Even if I used up all the seam allowances in the bodice I couldn’t have fastened it.

Lesson: always make a toile. 

I made the toile from an old duvet cover & it looks pretty strange because it has huge checks.  Anyway here it is:

The 1940s Swing Dress - just for practice

I like the style.  This is the fabric for the real thing:

Fabric for the 1940s swing dress

It’s cotton & it should be something more flowing like rayon or silk but it feels a bit floaty so I think it will come out ok.

Use the link to Flickr for more photos – mine & others.

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Author: norma

Hello, I'm Norma and I live in Wales. I love animals, baking, growing veggies but my big loves are sewing and history.

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