I started working on this 1940s "Swing" dress by Sensibility Patterns a few months ago, but after a very confusing 3rd step I stopped. Picking it up again, step 3 was just as confusing! After begging for help on the sewing forum, throwing my fabric around in a huff, saying a few prayers of desperation, and even talking to my engineering husband about it - I finally figured it out! I think all of those steps helped, but once I got over that hurdle I finished the dress mock-up in no time. Phew! Why did it have to be so painful? It's not really that difficult of a pattern. Silly me! At least it wasn't like those trouser pockets that I had to rip out 3 or 4 times EACH. Yeah, this was not as bad. :-)
Here's the mock-up in white muslin and it's missing the sleeves. I made the silly mistake of cutting out the sleeves wrong, so I just skipped it since I'm fairly confident with sleeves.
|the whole dress (minus sleeves)|
|Close up of the shoulders - they were part of my frustration!|
I haven't worked with rayon before, but I wanted to purposely buy a rayon since it was available during the war as an alternative to the less available natural fibers.
|Laying the pattern pieces out on our bed.|
Our house is under construction, so there's not a lot
of room to spread fabric out safely.