At long last I finished sewing my Papercut Sway dress. Swingy trapeze style dresses caught my eye this spring. Lots of examples on my summer dresses Pinterest board. I especially liked the idea of black silk, so I decided to make one for my birthday.
The fabric is a sandwashed silk that I bought back in February. I wasn’t sure what I’d make with it, but figured it would easily work for about a million different garments. Actually, I’m surprised I’m not still trying to decide! And yes, I should have bought more…
I made the dress using the same modifications I used on my muslin. I cut between an XS and S, used 1/2″ SA and french seams throughout, and did an easy rolled hem a la Grainline’s tutorial. I skipped the facings and used bias binding for the neck and arm scyes. I made it a length between the long and short versions provided with the pattern – since I’m only 5’3″ I thought the long version would be too long, but I wanted a little more coverage than the mini. The only new technique I tried was cutting the fabric out between layers of paper – also courtesy of Grainline. This worked really well. I’ve never had such a crisp cutting line on any fabric!
I let the fabric hang for several days before hemming. Then I used Megan Neilsen’s simple trick to even out the hem. Added bonus – since I waited to hem it I got to use my new sewing machine! It’s a Bernina 350 and was a birthday present – so exciting!
The fabric has great drape and a ton of movement – especially on a windy day. I am tempted to try this in a fabric with more body, perhaps Linen like the Papercut mini version. Linking up with Gray All Day’s Sew it Chic in a Week – check it out!
Details: Papercut Sway dress, sz XS/S, used 1/2″ SA, used bias binding instead of facing, length between the short and long versions included in the pattern