Birds swing dress for Anna G 2015 by Speattle
Swing dress from sew hip!
This is for my year and a half old granddaughter who lives in a hot climate. I've used this pattern a few times before. It was in an early issue of the now OOP magazine "Sew Hip!". I really miss that magazine and have all but one or two of the issues. Always got wonderful projects from it.
Anyway the fabric for this has an interesting story.
A few weeks ago I stopped by my favorite local fabric shop to drop off an item I'd sewn as a shop sample (I do contract sewing for the shop owner from time to time.) She always has a basket of scraps that she sells for 25 cents a piece. it is really handy if you need just a little bit of something, and don't want to spring for a FQ.
All the panels in this dress came from the basket! I pieced the 6 I got for the skirt to make the length of fabric needed for the pattern. I was able to cobble the bodice out of other scrap pieces. The shop owner let me have the fabric pieces for free too! I simply adore the bird print and these pieces are the last she had in the shop. My granddaughter is going through a "bird" phase and is obsessed with anything avian, so as soon as I saw these pieces, I knew I must make her something.
The pattern calls for bias binding around the top edge and armholes of the bodice. I used FOE (which I did purchase at Pacific Fabrics).
To compliment the print, I embellished with a decorative stitch (stitch # 65 on my Pfaff Passport 2.0) using variegated thread in colors that went with the birds on the fabric. I think the little stitch looks like bird footprints.
Dress is french seamed.