30's Silk Swing Dress

Project Description

What was your source for this sewing project? Online Photo or Website Name of website or photo D30-9079 Ladies' Dress, circa 1937 Link to website or photo http://www.evadress.com/9079.html What are you most proud of? This is the first dress I've managed to successfully sew from silk. The fabric was pretty fussy and difficult to work with, but it feels amazing on. I learned a lot about working with silk that I can better apply to my next project. What advice would you give someone starting this project? You may want to consider making a muslin of this dress before cutting your final fabric. I changed the sleaves from a puffier leg-of-mutton sleeve (not flattering on me) to a simple cap sleeve. I also had to alter the armhole area since this pattern seemed to be built for shoulder-pad inclusion (again, not flattering on me). The tucks around the bustline are also a bit fussy, so you may want to take your time with that area to get the best fit. The pattern called for a tie or buttons on the center bust seam, but a simple seam seemed better with this delicate fabric.

What you will need

  • Silk fabric from Denver Fabrics (the brick-and-mortar store)

Q&A with Kir

Heather Gail asked:
You make beauitful dresses and they good very nice on you.
Kir answered:
Thanks! *blushes*
Craftsy asked:
We've added this project as one of our Featured Projects. Congrats!
Kir answered:
Wow, thanks!
dottyeb asked:
Lovely. Silk is one of my favorite fabrics for sewing and wearing. You did a beautiful job.
Kir answered:
Thanks! It was pretty challenging, but I think I'll start to work with silk more in the future now that I have a better idea how to work with it. Going to have to get better at french seams. :)
kimwin17 asked:
just lovely!
Kir answered:
CreativeBuckeye asked:
So cute!
Kir answered:

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