I have to admit, I am absolutely in love with this dress. I wanted something with sleeves to transition with me into fall, and something short enough I could wear tall boots with. But beyond that I really had no idea how this was going to look when I was finished. And. I. Love. It. I wore it out on a date with Noah this weekend and got several compliments. And it didn't even take more then an hour to sew!
Because I didn't have a specific plan while sewing, I forgot to take pictures. But don't worry! I created a graphic tutorial for you instead, if you want to make your own.
you will need
around 2 1/2 yards of fairly stretchy jersey fabric
a sewing machine
paper or scrap fabric to make your pattern from
1. Cut out your pattern pieces. You will need two sleeve pieces, a front piece and a back piece. The back piece (at least on mine) will be a full 12 inches longer then the front piece. If you need help creating your pattern pieces, I highly suggest digging up a baseball (or raglan sleeve) shirt that fits you well and using that as a guide. Also, I wanted my neckline to be slouchy and almost off the shoulder, so I took that into account.
2. With right sides of the fabric facing, sew the sides of your sleeves to the sides of your front and back pieces, using a zigzag stitch (or a serger. I'm not fancy enough for a serger).
3. Now that your sleeves are attached, sew from the wrist along the sleeves, and from the armpit down to where the top of your slit sides will be. If you want thumb holes in your sleeve, just make sure you leave about 1 1/2 inch portion of the seam at the wrist open, enough for your thumb to fit through. Mine ended up slit pretty high, I'd say a good six inches from the bottom of my front piece.
4. Hem the bottom of your dress, and the neckline, using a zig zag stitch. You can also do the edges of your sleeves, but I left mine raw because I liked the look of them. Turn it inside out and you have your new dress!
Now I know that I probably could have been clearer with my instructions, so if you have any questions at all please feel free to ask in the comments below. If you make your own high-low swing dress, I'd love to see it, please send me a picture. And if you're looking for some of my other craft projects you can find them here!