UPDATE! I have now opened an Etsy store to sell this Swirl Dress Pattern PDF. You can find it here.
Now, for those that don't know, Swirl dresses are quite possibly the most wonderfully designed and comfortable dresses on the planet. I own several, and I live in them on the weekends.
This add basically says it all. You walk into it, do up the button, tie it around your waist and look fabulous and feel comfortable all day!
And what I really love about them is that they are all so different! They come in novelty prints:
This is a photo of Solanah from Vixen Vintage
And I'm pretty sure this dress she is wearing is now in my wardrobe!
(we have a vintage dealer friend in common - FabGabs)
All have pockets:
If they are in a plain fabric they are embellished:
They used different fabrics for the skirt and the bodice:
Basically, they are just all round fabulous!
This is Atomic Redhead
This same dress is also in my wardrobe I'm pretty sure
(via another friend in common with a shop - Simply Vintage)
So how is this sew-along going to work? I recently purchased this pattern on Etsy:
And I have just spent the last day and a bit turning that pattern into four different sized pdf patterns that I can send out to each of you that wish to participate. The sizes are as follows:
SMALL : Bust 32"-34", Waist 24"-26", Hips free
MEDIUM : Bust 36"-38", Waist 28"-30", Hips free
LARGE : Bust 40"-42", Waist 32"-34", Hips free
XLARGE : Bust 44"-46", Wasit 36"-38", Hips free
Please note that these measurements are your measurements, not the measurements of the garment, and the fit is quite adjustable given that it is a wrap dress. If you are between sizes its going to depend on how you like your fit - fitted? size down, blousey? size up.
By now I'm hoping that you are super excited and want to find out how to get yourself a copy of the pattern and join in the fun!!!
I am going to give everyone a couple of weeks to get organised, so the sew-along will start on the 29th of October. There is going to be a small charge of US$6 to get a copy of the pattern in an attempt to recover my time and materials in making the pattern. I hope everyone is ok with that...
To join in, comment below with your email address and I will send you an invoice for the US$6, or, send an email to sewretrorose(at)gmail.com with your email address. When you've paid I will email you the pattern. EASY!
I really REALLY hope that everyone joins in the fun. When all the instructions are posted (I think I'll do three posts a week) I'll give everyone a couple of weeks to finish and I'll do a blog post with photos of everyone's finished dresses. OH! And I'm going to make a facebook group for everyone that joins so that we can all talk and ask questions and post photos and make friends!
Please join in!!