Alright, doesn't this dress just make you want to go swing dancing?! I love it. For starters, the fabric is so gorgeous. It is from my sponsor Skye Reve Fabrics and it is just as soft as it is beautiful. The particular fabric I used is by Patty Sloniger and can be found here, When I spotted it, it was like the Pier 1 commercial where the items talk to you. In this situation, the materiel clearly said, "Wouldn't I make a beautiful summer dress for you to go dancing in?" And so it began...
I used 2 yards of fabric to make this dress. I started out by cutting two pieces of material that were 33 inches by 23 inches. I hemmed the bottom of each piece and then placed the two pieces front to front and sewed up the sides. Now I had my "skirt" portion of the dress.
To make the top I cut out two identical pieces that would serve as the front and back. I also cut out four identical "sleeves". I pinned two sleeve sections to the front and two to the back piece and then sewed. When that was done I pinned the front and back pieces front to front and sewed and now I had my top.
This is a picture of the sleeve pinned to the front of the shirt
This photo shows the front of the shirt with the sleeves sewn on. I then made the back of the shirt look exactly the same and then sewed the two pieces together, front to front.
Since I hate using zippers or buttons I was determined to create this dress without needed either. Because of this I ended up needing to cut a slit down the front of my top so that it would go over my shoulders. Below you can see the finished top, after I cut the slit and after I completed the binding around the edges.
Lilly really wanted to be in a picture too!
Let me know what you think, would you change anything?