First up is the Sense and Sensibility Patterns Swing Dress (aka Casey's Swing Dress Sew-along pattern). I bought this pattern back when Casey first mentioned doing a sew-along, and then wasn't able to take part so it got shoved in my pattern stash and forgotten about until Christmas. I can't remember what size I sewed up in the end, but I had to take out some of the ease just under the bust as it was really baggy and some of the ease on the back too, when I sewed up my muslin. This seems to have worked well though and I really like the fit of it now. I also added about 2" length onto the skirt to make sure it was long enough.
Generally this was a pretty simple make, except for the collar and collar facing. The instructions with the pattern totally foxed me but thankfully I had all of Casey's sew-along posts printed off and saved so when it came to sewing them, I had no problems in the end because Casey's instructions are pure genius!
I bought the fabric for this dress over Christmas - it's a viscose cotton mix and has a lovely drape, but that meant it could be a bit of a bugger to sew at times! Anyhoo, I managed it, and it's nice to finally sew with something other than cotton.
I decided to line the skirt because the fabric is quite lightweight and a bit sheer in bright sunlight. I used some china silk lining I had left over from one of my first sewing makes and hemmed it with some bias binding I had lying around. Not exactly the best colour combo, but I was determined to finish this in time to take away on my mini-moon to Edinburgh at the start of April and didn't have chance to go out and get any other colour.
I added some really pretty yellow purl buttons to the neckline, which I bought when I went to the NEC with Kat the other month. I knew they'd be perfect for the dress as there are small yellow flowers in the fabric pattern.
I serged all the edges - not very vintage I know, but I wanted to make sure the raw edges were all encased as the fabric frayed quite a lot.
I'm really glad I've finally got round to making this pattern as it's such a lovely dress to wear. I've worn it loads since making it so will definitely be making another one at some point - maybe in a nice solid colour for something a little different.