Hannah’s 1940s Swing Dress

By Jennie Chancey

Hello Mrs. Chancey!

The first time I saw the 1940s Swing Dress pictures, I fell in love with the style! I had been planning for a long time to buy the pattern, and when a wedding came up that my Mom was to sing at, it was the perfect opportunity to make the dress! I originally made the dress for her, but due to some fitting issues (the sizes on the pattern, we found, make a smaller dress than modern sizes), it became my dress! The pattern did not arrive until a day before the wedding, so I spent many hours sewing the night before! We found a gorgeous, vintage-style turquoise print at Jo-Ann’s, and because we got the very last of the fabric, we made the cummerbund out of chocolate brown. I also omitted the sleeves to give the dress a more sun-dressy feel. I love how it turned out and will definitely be making more of these in the future! Thank you so much for these beautiful patterns!

Hannah A.

Darling, Hannah! I love the color combination — you remind me of a Tiffany’s gift with a chocolate brown bow. What a sewing marathon you must have had to meet that deadline! Well done. :) As far as pattern “sizes” go, I always remind ladies to go by actual measurements rather than sizes, because many modern patterns have tons of “ease” added in, which means the final results can be two or more sizes too big. For tailored garments like this one, you want to go by what you measure (particularly in the bust and hips on this pattern) and ignore “size.” I’m three sizes–all depending on what area I’m measuring! ;)

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