sdsa: finished dress party!

Today is the day, sew-alongers! I am so, so excited that we’ve officially completed this sew-along together. It was such a fantastic experience for me, and I loved that I was able to work on a project with others and get to know many of you just a bit better through our collective sewing. I do hope you had fun with this, if you participated, and you’re pleased with your final dress! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to contribute your dress to the link list (which will be open indefinitely, so don’t worry if you’re not done with your version yet!). So without further ado, here is my version:

03.17.11 | mint green swing dress

[ are you ready to celebrate? alas, I forgot to pick up a party hat last time I was out... ]

The only downside with these photos is that they weren’t taken at the romantic, waterside location I had envisioned in my head since I bought this fabric. Alas, my resident photographer (aka Sailor Husband) was unavailable, so it was just me and my trusty tripod. Seeing these pictures, I’m really glad that I refit the pattern during the sew-along; I feel like the fit is more spot-on than the previous versions.

03.17.11 | mint green swing dress
03.17.11 | mint green swing dress

[ for the curious, the shoes are the Remix Rita heels; a Christmas gift from my in-laws. ]

03.17.11 | mint green swing dress

[ more pictures here. ]

Instead of a button or brooch at the neckline, I decided to make a fabric flower from the book I reviewed last week. Isn’t it fun? I thought it would be a rather whimsical little addition to the frock and add a bit of texture to the neckline. Plus it’s very 40s to use all the last bits of scraps to make a smart accessory, right? (The BurdaStyle website has a link to download this flower pattern if you’re interested.) The only problem is that the lightweight silk is a bit floppy, so I think I might add a bit of fabric starch to stiffen the petals a bit.

03.17.11 | mint green swing dress

[ details: fabric flower made from scraps of leftover silk. how very 1940s to use all the scraps! ]

03.17.11 | mint green swing dress

[details: vintage white ceramic belt buckle embellishing the self-fabric belt. ]

I think that pretty much rounds this up. I don’t really have much else to say about this dress since I’ve already rambled on in the sewing posts (which if you missed any, they’ll all be archived here). Thank you again to everyone who participated in this sew-along–and be sure to add a link to your finished dress below!

Swing Dress Party!
Ready to show off your new Swing Dress? Just enter your blog post/photo url in the form below (please only one link, per version of the dress. So if you’ve made more than one, you can submit one link per dress.), click submit and add your dress into the virtual party! Be sure to check out everyone else’s versions as well… Can’t wait to see yours!

Note: Due to an ongoing spam problem with the link widget I originally used in this post, I unfortunately had to disable it. Please visit the Flickr group to see some of the finished dresses participants made!

March 17, 2011 · 65 lovely thoughts
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Gina March 17, 2011 at 10:12

Love your dress!! What a knockout!! You always come come with such great ideas! I love the flower and the belt. The fabric is beautiful!

MC March 17, 2011 at 10:14

What a beautiful dress! I love the fabric, and it looks so pretty on you. :)


Trudy Callan March 17, 2011 at 10:34

Very pretty. Love the flower and the belt.

seeks corey March 17, 2011 at 10:35

I love the flower too! Seeing everyone’s finals is making me feel a little bummed about some of my own details, but I am still happy with it overall. Hindsight is 20/20, right? Here’s my post:

Victoria / Justice Pirate March 17, 2011 at 10:36

Oh my goodness I can’t believe you did this! It’s amazing. I’m in awe.

Mary Beth at ✄ Yarn U ✄ iPhone app v1.2 March 17, 2011 at 10:36

Gosh, Casey, this is darling…refresh my memory (and for other readers too). Where did this fabric come from? You do seem to like sea blue…if your KnitPicks Stitch in Time sweater is any indication. Any chance you could wear the sweater over the dress? Or would that be too warm? If not, is there enough fabric left over for a skirt or shorts to go with your sweater?

Casey March 21, 2011 at 08:33

Thank you, Mary Beth!!! The fabric I purchased from Sawyer Brook; I was so excited when I found it. Hmm… I do wonder if my sweater might work with this dress–I’ll have to pull it out and see if the shades are similar! ;)

♥ Casey

Connie March 17, 2011 at 10:46

Just fantastic! The colors are so spring time and fresh! Everything came out great, and you look Wonderful in it!!

Thanks so much for the tutorial Casey, I know I could have sewn the dress without it, but mine would not have turned out as nice because of all your helpful suggestions. You made making the dress SOOO much easier!

I am so excited to take mine to the UK for a WW2 event, and show it off!! Unfortunately I do not have a blog so I cant post it, but I can not wait to see everyone else’s!! Exciting!!

Casey March 21, 2011 at 08:38

I’m so, so glad to hear that you enjoyed this sew-along, Connie! I hope you enjoy wearing your dress to the event–how fun! :)

♥ Casey

Tilly March 17, 2011 at 10:51

It’s gorgeous! I love the flower feature. The photos are great, even without sailor husband’s help. I’ve really got to get myself a tripod and stop balancing my camera on piles of books…

Ria March 17, 2011 at 11:03

I have been seriously wanting to learn how to sew for some time and this Sew Along has really motivated me to make the leap. Unfortunately the small amount of free time I have will be spent studying to pass the NCIDQ’s (National Council for Interior Design Qualification). However, once completed I plan to reward myself with sewing lessons. Can’t wait to be advanced enough to try this challenge myself. Thanks for the inspiration!

bungalowbliss March 17, 2011 at 11:15

I’m just learning to sew, and I have to say that watching your process on this is a little intimidating (I’ll never get there!) but also very inspiring. What a fabulous dress…how very satisfying it must be to wear something you’ve made entirely with your own hands. LOVE the flower and belt, too.

Sheri March 17, 2011 at 12:47

You WILL get there if you take your time, have some patience, and determination to do it! :) I’m just learning to sew (and knit), too, so I know how intimidating some of this can be, but I truly believe that if someone really wants to do something, they will find a way to do it. :) Just keep at, and you’ll be surprised at what you can do! :)

Casey March 21, 2011 at 08:40

I agree with Sherri! :) We all start at the bottom and slowly learn new things over time. Believe me–it’s taken me a number of years to get to this point (I’ve been sewing since I was about 6)! :) So don’t give up!

♥ Casey

Marmielu March 17, 2011 at 11:28

Casey, this is lovely! And that flower is just wonderful, and so clever. See you soon!

Lauren March 17, 2011 at 11:38

Beautiful, Casey! Your fabric looks like it has such a nice drape.
Love your hair and heels, too!

Achaia March 17, 2011 at 11:40

Your dress is lovely, Casey! And those shoes…. be still my beating heart. They are the perfect addition to the dress!
Have a very lovely day xxx

Eva Girl March 17, 2011 at 12:06

It’s so much fun to see everyone’s finished dresses! They all came out great!

Lindsay March 17, 2011 at 12:16

Looks absolutely fantastic!
The color suits you só well!

the Cupcake Goddess March 17, 2011 at 12:28

So Darling! The color of the fabric with the color of your lipstick is so perfect! Eeekkk! Now I’m totally jealous that mine swing dress is still just fabric. Yikes. Must get to work. It really turned out so beautifully. All of the little extras make it just spot on, I think! Darling!


Peter March 17, 2011 at 12:32

Just gorgeous, Casey — the fit, the color, the style, and the wonderful photos! Expertly done!

Laura S. March 17, 2011 at 12:36

Your dress turned out beautifully. I love the flower; it adds a modern touch, I think!

Jane March 17, 2011 at 12:42

Casey, that’s one of the most gorgeous dresses I’ve ever seen – really breathtaking. I love all the details: the belt, the flower even the pockets look great! Just perfect. x

Sheri March 17, 2011 at 12:52

Truly lovely, Casey! Indeed, all of the dresses I viewed (all that were up at the time) looked quite good. Congratulations, ladies, on completing a splendid project and, thank you, Casey, for hosting the Sew-along!

Hugs! :)

Karin van D. March 17, 2011 at 13:08

You look so lovely. It’s a very pretty dress, great work!

Paperdoll March 17, 2011 at 13:42

Gorgeous, great dress!!!! Love the addition of the flower too! X

Debi March 17, 2011 at 13:48

FABULOUS! It’s so beautiful, Casey! I adore the fabric and it goes perfectly with the shoes! The fabric flower is a really nice touch–I’ll have to check that out!

Emer March 17, 2011 at 14:41

You look amazing, as always. I especially love the self fabric belt. Wish I could sew like you. And the shoes are to die for.

Corinne March 17, 2011 at 15:00

love it, love it, love it! That shade of blue is fantastic! Great sew along Casey.

Sarah March 17, 2011 at 15:43

It’s such a beautiful dress! You look stunning in it and I love the flower.

Marie March 17, 2011 at 15:43

Casey your swing dress looks beautiful, as do you in it! Thanks so much for providing this sew-along, it’s honestly taught me some invaluable lessons. I’m desperately hoping to finish mine up tonight and post about it tomorrow…otherwise it will have to be early next week as I’m away this weekend. Fingers crossed it turns out half as well as yours ;o)

Ruth March 17, 2011 at 15:59

It’s just darling!Love the colour and the print, very pretty! the flower detail was so well thought :) All in all beautiful work!

Ashley March 17, 2011 at 16:35

Thank you for hosting this!! I’ve been nervous to try this pattern before, but now it has become one of my absolute favourites!

Rachel March 17, 2011 at 17:09

You look lovely – I especially love the flower!

Ann March 17, 2011 at 18:02

Casey, I really love your dress. I know you’ve made several of these now, but this one might be my favorite. The color is perfect on you and the extra details like the flower and the belt give it some personality even spunk! I also want to add a big thank you for hosting this sew along. Since I found your blog I had been wanting to sew something vintage – and this got me to do it. (Plus without your shoulder yolk tutorial I would have for sure given up on the dress in February – but now I have a dress that I can wear!)

Paige March 17, 2011 at 19:51

Yay! I didn’t sew along, but I’ve been DYING to see everybody’s dresses!

chie March 17, 2011 at 20:11

i love love love your version! what a nice color!
i’ve learned a lot from reading your sew-along and i would love to see you do another one!
im still working on mine, im sorry i could not meet the deadline…:( ill post up the link once mine is done:) xo

Casey March 21, 2011 at 08:41

Oh, please don’t feel bad about “missing” the deadline! :) I am honestly looking just as forward to later dresses that pop up on the list too–the more, the merrier! :)

♥ Casey

Renee March 17, 2011 at 21:53

I love your dress. Love that color. I want something out of that fabric.

Love the flower and belt.

Now I have to go comment on all the other dresses and how well everyone did.

For those of you who didn’t make the deadline I know I want to see your versions, too. So please do post your links.

Sarah Louise March 17, 2011 at 22:54

Awesome dress – the fit is really great! I love the flower at the front as well :)

Amanda March 17, 2011 at 22:56

That’s such a beautiful dress, I just love the color! And the idea to add the form to the end of this so everyone could add their own is great. Thanks again for sharing your know-how on this project, I learned a lot :)

fiona March 18, 2011 at 00:02

thank you Casey, for hosting this sew-along. it’s been very informative and i thoroughly enjoyed myself. a big virtual hug to you. \(‘o’)/

Susan - Knitters Delight March 18, 2011 at 00:11

Hi Casey. Thanks for this sew along. It was really fun. I tried several times over the past 12 hours to post my dress to the widget tool you added, but my link won’t work. You can find my post on my first swing dress here:

katie March 18, 2011 at 01:25

Wow your dress looks awesome. The fit IS fabulous!

Esz March 18, 2011 at 11:13

Loooved following the sew-along :-) Your dress is just gorgeous – that colour is so amazing.

I have ideas for a new project/sew-along/post request…..
vintage ones.
I bought a fabulous vintage suit pattern but naturally it’s very light on instructions. It doesn’t include anything about a lining and I don’t think any decent suit should go without lining. There’s also a very sneaky step in there saying something along the lines of “ease bust seam to fit” or some such. It’s a princess seamed blazer…easing a bust seam!! WHAT? eeeeep.
And I know there are so many very specific things you need to do when making a suit. What about all those weights at the hip – the million types of facings and interfacings – different stitches. Collars… and the FITTING.
It would most definitely be challenging!
I haven’t found any places online that show step by step how to fit and sew a vintage, New Look suit jacket.
This is my pattern
I really want to get started but I’m a little scared to stuff it up – even though it doesn’t have any difficult closures. I am scared of the collar though. Advice would be good!!

Casey March 21, 2011 at 10:31

I would highly recommend that you check out Gertie’s Lady Grey Sew-Along for loads of tailoring tips that would be perfect for a suit! Gertie also has a great tutorial on sewing princess seams and easing the curves here.

Hope that helps a bit! :)

♥ Casey

MJ March 18, 2011 at 12:31

I’ve been wanting to do this (on my own, very late and slow, time!), but I’ve yet to find a fabric that really speaks to me. I’ve searched online at, and joann’s (both online and in-store) and have been really disappointed with the offerings. Where do you all go to find the perfect fabric?

Jessica March 18, 2011 at 12:40

Your so talented Casey! Every time I stop buy your posting up another amazing creation! Where do you find the time! I admire your skills and your energy! (i really need to learn how to sew)(and cook) worst woman ever… haha

Olivia March 18, 2011 at 13:31

Oh, what a lovely dress, that fabric was to die for and really worked well with that modell…. You look great!

/ Olivia

Ms Wanda March 18, 2011 at 14:05

Brilliant I love it!

Virginie March 18, 2011 at 17:13

Hi, I just discovered your blog and enjoy following it. It’s funny how I put your etsy shop in my favorites and only realized later that you owned that same blog. Visited all the blogs that took part in the sew along and wished I had been part! Hope to catch the next one if there is one! smile, Virginie

Faith March 18, 2011 at 20:02

Your dress is beautiful! Thank you so much for all of the time and effort you put into this sew-along. I haven’t even started the process of sewing my dress yet, but I’ve learned so much from your thoughtful tutorials. Such a great help!

Zuzsa March 19, 2011 at 04:23

You all look beautiful in your dresses! Have a nice party :)

sarah March 19, 2011 at 15:07

your dress is lovely. I love the fabric choice so crisp and fresh looking plus the flower is a lovely little detail.

Gaylene March 19, 2011 at 17:46

utterly gorgeous!! I’m hoping to follow your instructions, but after completing a few other planned pieces – so much to sew, so little time!

Nicole Lund March 20, 2011 at 14:38

I found your blog while looking for inspiration and motivation for a 40′s dress that I had started making (wish I’d done the research first-your pattern was way better :) . I really love it (your blog) and your dress is gorgeous! love the fit, the fabric and the extra details (flower, pockets…), Thank you so much for doing this! I posted mine late and its a different pattern but anything that gets me updating my poor blog is a good thing :) .

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