Yay! Colors of Spring! My colors were exactly the two I adored so much in this Boundless Dress swing hack from a while back, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to come back and get a little bit more detailed with my descriptions and maybe even draw a little bit 🙂
Inspiration picture and my version for this Boundless Swing Dress hack:
It all started with the boots. Id had them for weeks and new they needed to be worn, to be given life through an outfit worthy of them. Then the amazing Darcey, owner of Sincerely Rylee Fabric, sent me with fabric in a mystery bundle. It isn’t my normal style, colors, anything really, but it was so awesome I didn’t care. I had seen a picture on Pinterest and it was happening.
My initial thought was to just make a long sleeved maxi Boundless dress from Patterns for Pirates. They are totally in fashion right now and cover up everything I’m uncomfortable with on my body. That was the safe idea. That was going to be comfortable. Since I’ve been actively trying to get outside my comfort zone, that idea was vetoed almost immediately.
I played with the fabric a little bit until it struck me like lightening (the good kind that doesn’t kill a girl). I remembered the boots….and I remembered thinking how incredible they would look with a swing dress! Problem…I didn’t have a pattern for a swim dress. NOT a problem! I can totally do that and now I’m going to tell you how so you can do it too!
Step One: measure from your armpit down to where you want the dress to hit (knees, etc.). Add 2-4 inches depending on how drastic your mountains and valleys are.
Step Two: fold your fabric in four like you were going to make a circle skirt, so you will have one single fold edge and one double fold edge. The double fold will be where you lay your pattern piece. Lay your boundless bodice piece (tank or sleeved version, whichever you choose) on the double fold of your fabric, as close to one end as possible and trace the neck, shoulder seam, and armscye.
Step Three: Now recall that measurement you took earlier from your armpit to where you wanted the dress to fall. Place that number on your measuring tape at the armpit of the traced portion of your bodice. Hold a pen at the other end of the measuring tap. Starting with the pen straight down toward the other end of the fabric begin drawing a semi-circle up towards the side of the fabric, as far as the width of the fabric will allow (up to 90 degrees). NOTE: if you want a more snug bodice, start the process a few inches below the intersection of the armpit.
Here is a diagram. The blue is the bodice piece you will be working with. The red line is the alterations you will be making to the pattern to make is SWING 🙂
Step Four: connect the line to the double fold.
Step five: Cut, sew the shoulder seams, stitch in the sleeves, stitch down the sleeves and side, hem, add neck band, etc. according to the pattern directions.
Yay! You made a swing dress! Now go rock it and post some pictures so I can see how awesome y’all are!
I will add a tutorial later for the lace sleeves too! stay tuned!