Monday, September 7, 2015

high-low swing dress sewing tutorial

high-low swing dress sewing tutorial
high-low swing dress sewing tutorial


high-low swing dress sewing tutorial
high-low swing dress sewing tutorial

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
matching thread
a sewing machine
paper or scrap fabric to make your pattern from


high-low swing dress sewing tutorial

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!

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17 comments:

  1. Awesome post! I would love to invite you to my new link party The Beautifully Creative Inspired. The party launched on Friday and will continue every Fridays at 9AM eastern time on 5 BLOGS! It runs until Wednesday night :D Hope you can party with us!

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  2. Great pattern! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Beautiful! I'm in love with it too... makes me wish I could sew:-) Pinned for when I finally learn how to sew! :)

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    1. thank you Elsa! When you do learn, it's not that difficult of a project I promise!

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    2. thank you Elsa! When you do learn, it's not that difficult of a project I promise!

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  4. I LOVE this dress so much! It's definitely a great piece to transition you into fall! I'm sure it'll look great with some tall boots! Don't you love just sewing on a whim and making something awesome?? I always had left over fabric in fashion school and would whip up things to wear on the weekends or just for every day all the time! It's also nice to be able to say you made it! ;) Thanks for sharing this post with us!

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  5. This looks so amazing! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for stopping by and partying with us! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we can pin and tweet your masterpieces! Lou Lou Girls

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  6. Looks great! I'm not a great sewer unfortunately mainly because I don't seem to have the patience. Thanks for sharing this with us at #wednesdayswisdom and happy sewing.

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  7. Beautiful dress, thanks for sharing tutorial to make them with Hearth and soul blog hop, I am not sewing nowdays, I need to try this, pinning and tweeting

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  8. A lovely dress and thanks for sharing the pattern. Although I've mentioned I can't sew I'm sure I could give this a try. Thanks for sharing with us at #AnythingGoes

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  9. Guess what! I loved this post so much that I chose it to be featured for this week's The Beautifully Creative Inspired Link Party. :) Go grab a button you deserve it!

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  10. While my older two were doing this you can see how I kept my 4 year old busy at the end of the post! Sewing Machine Judge

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  11. Sewing a beautiful dress has become so simple through the very detail instruction on this post. You are very ingenious. Please visit my sewing machine blog if you have free time, thank you very much for sharing many useful articles.

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  12. Thank you very much for writing such an interesting article on this topic. This has really made me think and I hope to read more.

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  13. the dress is beautiful and it fits you

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  14. i have to agree with you that this pattern seems better suited for wovens. mundocosturas

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