Monday, February 7, 2011

Swing dress fabric

The rayon crepe I ordered for my swing dress finally arrived over the weekend. It's from Denver Fabrics (not affiliated with the real Denver Fabrics store -- just riding on their shirttails, I guess).

swing dress fabric

Fabric-shopping for this dress made me realize how hard it is to find pretty rayon prints that look remotely vintage. I literally scoured the Internet and three or four different Jo-Ann Fabric stores, and this was the best I could find (aside from paying through the nose for real vintage fabric on eBay or Etsy). Please, can't some company produce some repro rayon fabrics??

I've made this dress once before, right before I got pregnant with Edmund, so I tried it on to see how it fit. I had shortened the bodice by three inches(!) so of course that needed a change, but other than that, it fit pretty well. I'm making a mock-up of the nursing changes to the bodice, just to make sure it will work, and I anticipate some time to sew it up this evening after Edmund's in bed. I'll keep you posted!


  1. All that Internet-scouring paid off! What lovely, lovely fabric! I can't wait to see the finished... hmm, "product" doesn't seem to fit the bill. How about "work of art?" I think that more accurately describes your delicious sewing creations! :-)


  2. Gorgeous! Rayon fabric for vintage-inspired dresses is very hard to find, but this will be lovely. I can't wait to see your completed dress!

    And thank you for linking to Casey's sew-along! I'd not been on her blog previously, and I'm very much enjoying reading along with the sew-along and making notes for future uses of the swing dress pattern.

  3. Shannon, you are too kind! Thank you! :-)

    Kiri, Casey's tutorial for sewing the shoulder yoke is a life-saver if you don't want to tear your hair out! The first time I made this dress, I never did figure it out. This time I followed Casey's tutorial (make sure to follow it exactly -- I didn't the first time and ended up ripping out) and the result is at least what the yoke is supposed to look like, though my edges didn't align perfectly at all. She's got some great tips for the rest of the pattern, too, so hopefully you'll get a chance to consult them for a future sewing project. ;-)

  4. Dearest Laura,

    I've stumbled upon your blog and am feeling so blessed for finding such good inspiration for handmade treasures.

    It is encouraging to find a young bride who has embraced the call God has placed upon her life as a wife and mother.

    It is truly beautiful.

    I look forward to reading over more of your posts, and am now excited to try to sew up some new goodies.

    In appreciation,

    Jamie Buckland

  5. Hi Jamie -- welcome, and thank you so much for your kind words! :)