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Hi Jennie,

I thought you might be interested in pictures of the Swing Dress I recently finished. I made it for a murder mystery party set in the 1940s, but it’s such a nice versatile dress I forsee it getting a lot of normal wear in the future, too. I used cotton because I couldn’t resist the line of vintage reproduction prints at my local fabric shop, but I was happy with how it turned out even if the cotton is a bit stiffer than the suggested fabric (it’s also nice and comfy to wear in the very hot summer we’re currently having). Having a very short torso I had to shorten the mid piece as well as the bodice, and I was inspired by Casey’s sew-a-long to add patch pockets. For a more old-fashioned feel I also did the hem by hand using lace hem tape- it looks pretty even if I’m the only one who knows it’s there. The button is a vintage button I happened to have in my button stash, and it was just perfect. I love the finished dress, it’s comfortable to wear and such a lovely pattern!

Cheers,
Kate H.

Such a fun event, and you did a wonderful job not only with the dress but with your accessories and hairstyle. Lovely! Thanks so much for sharing your work, Kate. [I also featured Kate’s work in my eNewsletter, which won her a $15 gift certificate! Be sure to share your own photos and stories for a chance to win!]

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