I finally managed to photograph and write about the first pattern in my swing dress head to head!
Wait, you say, what’s a head to head? Well, over in the Capsule Wardrobe Sewalong Group, someone came up with the brilliant idea of sewing various patterns of the same type of garment and doing a head to head comparison. I have LOVED my Old Navy swing dresses that I bought on uber sale for Black Friday, so when the indie designers started releasing swing dress after swing dress this winter, I picked up a few for a head to head comparison. First up, the Greenstyle Scarlet Swing Dress:
I will do the side-by-side comparison post when all the individual ones are done, photographed and reviewed 🙂
Pattern: Scarlet Swing Dress by Greenstyle Creations.
Price: $10.00 USD
Techniques Required: Sewing with knits, attaching a neckband, sewing a curved hem.
- 3 length options (tunic, short dress and long dress)
- 2 hem options (straight and high-low)
- 3 sleeve lengths (short, elbow and long)
- 3 sleeve types (cold shoulder, straight, and bell)
- Lightweight knit fabric
- Matching thread
Similar Patterns: Within about 2 months the indie market suddenly became awash in swing dresses. I will detail options in my comparison post.
Fabric: Double-brushed poly from LA Finch Fabrics
Fit: Really good. I mean, it’s a loose swing dress, so fit isn’t really a huge issue. But the fit on this is good.
Modifications: Length adjustments only. The dress as drafted was REALLY long, so I ended up taking off about 4″ from the short dress version.
Pattern format: PDF. Not a terrible one to put together. I don’t remember any real details about it, which I generally count as a good sign.
- Ease construction.
- Shape is almost universally flattering and easy to wear.
- Tons of options as far as sleeve style and length.
- Good fit and just the right amount of ease in the bust.
- The pattern as drafted is longer than I expected. Granted, I am shorter than what Greenstyle drafts for, but even taking that into account, the short dress is hardly short.
- The hem on this dress isn’t drafted exactly right for it to hang straight. If you look closely, you can see that the hem has a slight handkerchief effect. That’s because the hem is too straight across for it to be visually straight. I mention this because I didn’t want a handkerchief hem and one of the other swing dresses I made didn’t have this issue.
Overall Grade: B. Nice fit and great shape. But I wish the hem was shaped better.