Dress #2 in my swing dress head to head comparison — the Closet Case Ebony:
Pattern: Ebony T-shirt and Dress by Closet Case Patterns
Price: $18.00 USD (printed pattern) or $14.00 USD (PDF pattern)
Techniques Required: Sewing with knits, attaching a neckband, sewing a curved hem.
- 3 length options (crop top, tunic and dress)
- 2 hem options (straight and hi-low)
- 3 sleeve lengths (short, 3/4 and long)
- 2 sleeve types (raglan and set in)
- 2 necklines (scoop and jewel)
- 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 Cali Fabrics
Fit: Good. Closet Case patterns tend to be average to narrow in the shoulders and I have broad shoulders. I could probably stand to do a shoulder adjustment on these raglan sleeves, but that’s a me thing, not a pattern thing.
Modifications: I shortened a bit to account for the difference between my height and the height drafted for.
Pattern format: This is available in print and PDF. I have the PDF. It was a fairly painless PDF to put together.
- Ease construction.
- Shape is almost universally flattering and easy to wear.
- Tons of options. It’s particularly nice to have raglan and set in sleeve options.
- Very generous fit through the body. If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving dinner dress, this would be a great option.
- The hemline is perfectly drafted to lie completely straight after construction.
- I probably need a shoulder adjustment on the raglan version of this as I have broad shoulders and the pattern doesn’t.
- The bust on this pattern is much looser than on some of the other patterns available. This one is not fitted through the bust.
Overall Grade: B. Great drafting and easy dress to wear and to make. The hem hits that sweet spot. The bust will have too much ease for some.