Two Swing Dresses

I started an etsy shop almost a year ago, and it’s really been a fun little venture for me. It’s really a good way for me to justify buying more fabric, and it’s also really cool to sell some random person a handmade garment. I don’t have it stocked at all times or anything, but when the holidays settled down, I got motivated to sew for the shop.  I also started listening to the Serial podcast while I sew and I am hooked!

(Jay did it.)

Anyway, here are a couple of dresses I made using Dana’s First Day Dress pattern, size 7. I lengthened the bodice by an inch and a half or so, and also cut the front neckline about 3/4″ wider.  I really like the fit on my girl.

This color-blocked version is made with 4 different Cotton Couture solids: Cream, Watermelon, Gold, and Confection (for the lining).

I top-stitched the hem with metallic gold thread, and added a little gold tag for fun.  Oh, and a gold button at the back too. 🙂

I like that this dress could come off as a little fancy for a special occasion, but also it could be casual with a pair of flip flops in the Summertime.

With the dress fully-lined, It feels a little more substantial and it’s fun to see the pink popping out when she twirls around.

This next one is a favorite- Remember when I gushed about the Handcrafted line by Alison Glass?  I was so torn between choosing that Bouquet in Duck Egg print, and this one- Geese in Storm.  Actually, I wrote back to Alison and had changed my mind about the Bouquet print and wanted to try this one, but she didn’t have enough yardage for me.

So I snatched some up at Hawthorne Threads.

It’s just such a cool print.  So modern, and I love how all of the colors look together.

l lined this one cotton couture in Mist- a favorite shade as of late.

And a cute little orange button at the back.

I love the shape of this dress, and it moves so nicely!

As always, thanks for reading!

-Erin

19 thoughts on “Two Swing Dresses

  1. I’m at work and on hold with Verizon and dealing with obnoxious phone tree stuff, my least favorite way to pass the time. What a pleasure to see your post come up in my inbox!! I, too, just got hooked on Serial last week. Love to knit and listen. Absolutely LOVE the dress. Lined! so beautiful…gotta check out your shop, but perhaps when I’m not at work!

  2. Those are amazing! It’s like sewing for your little shop is pushing you to get better and better! And who could resist your girl wearing those dresses? It’s the best advertising!

  3. So gorgeous! My daughter is looking over my shoulder as I read your post, and is telling me how pretty both dresses are! I fully agree:) I’m trying to decide on my favorite, but I love the color blocking of the first one AND the gorgeous-ness of the Allison Glass fabric of the second . . . so they’re tied as both equally stunning. Hope your Etsy shop is doing well!

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