The swing style of the dress reminded me of the Alabama A-line dress.The neckline is different, but they had a similar feel to me, so I thought I would make my dress in the Alabama Chanin style. I used a single layer of navy jersey fabric. I hand-stitched it with navy colored button and craft thread. I felled the seams to the inside with no knots visible. I omitted the facings and added bias bindings secured with the cross stitch. For the back split I used a hook and eye closure. It was super fast to stitch because it has only two pieces and I did not have to hem it. I decided to allow the hem to roll on itself.
I made the dress shown in view B. When I was done, I walked downstairs to show my family and the look on my hubby's face said it all; Awful! It was billowy in the worst way and had no shape. He thought it was unflattering in its current state. I would be lying if I said I wasn't bummed by his reaction, but I couldn't say I disagreed.
I put it aside and when I returned to it days later, it was with a sharp pair of scissors and my rotary cutter. I hacked at the hem and made it a quick and dirty hi-lo version. I am very happy with it! I thought it gave a bit more style to what was an ordinary dress. Hubby returned from work and raved about the new look! He gushed about it without realizing it was the same one from a few days before! Go figure!
Here are the photos of the finished dress.
|A.C style swing dress|
|Back opening detail|