Genevieve’s Linen Swing Dress


Well, I finally finished the Swing dress last week. It’s taken me awhile to get some photos together, since I had to lasso my Mom to be my photgrapher. But I attached some to this email to show you! I know the dress has its various flaws, but for a first-time dress for me, I am quite pleased that it’s even wearable. (I wore it to church this past Sunday…) I made the dress using a lovely linen material that is worth all the ironing. 😉 Thanks for helping me figure out to shorten the bodice, Jennie!


Isn’t this absolutely darling? I love the peach linen. Genevieve wrote me last month to ask for help in shortening the bodice of this dress (we short-waisted ladies always have to tweak that area). I sent her some illustrations to guide her through the process, and I went ahead and added them to my “How to Resize a Pattern” tutorial, since patterns with odd shapes can be a real challenge. Thanks so much for sharing your success, Genevieve!

9 Comments on Genevieve’s Linen Swing Dress

  1. Tiffany Keller
    June 28, 2010 at 10:13 pm (7 years ago)

    I love it! I go swing dancing sometimes, & I love the style of dresses from the 1940’s. For your first dress, you did a great job!

  2. Gillian Frank
    June 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm (7 years ago)

    This might be my favourite version of this pattern I’ve seen! Great job, Genevieve 🙂

  3. Cheri C.
    June 28, 2010 at 11:07 pm (7 years ago)

    That must be one of my favorite Swing Era dresses I’ve ever seen! You inspire me to make one for myself!

  4. Erin
    June 29, 2010 at 7:12 am (7 years ago)

    You did a beautiful job!

  5. Hana - Marmota
    June 29, 2010 at 8:12 am (7 years ago)

    That’s beautiful – it looks like the perfect church dress!

  6. Sommer
    June 29, 2010 at 3:14 pm (7 years ago)

    Absolutely lovely! I would love to make a dress like that 🙂

  7. Elizabethbennet (Millie Carpenter)
    July 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm (7 years ago)

    You did a wonderful job with it , especially for a first dress , I love it !

  8. Genevieve
    September 23, 2010 at 2:56 pm (6 years ago)

    Thank you all for your compliments!!

  9. Katrina @ Edelweiss Patterns
    October 7, 2012 at 8:32 pm (4 years ago)

    I agree with the ladies above – this is definitely the best version of the S&S Swing dress pattern I’ve seen yet! You fit the dress superbly, and I love the fact that the bodice is smooth and fitted, rather than too loose like some ladies make it. : ) Excellent work!


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