Sewing

Marjorie Swing Dress

  The past couple of weeks I’ve been working on my fall wardrobe which isn’t really much different than the wardrobe I have all year round except for the colors. I live in the most humid part of Texas and its basically Summer and summer ALL. YEAR. ROUND. So basically I wear T shirts and dresses and add a sweater on the rare occasion it gets colder than 70 degrees. If it gets colder than 60, I just don’t go outside because that’s crazy.

I do change the type of fabric as well. I like to use a thin cool rayon spandex in the summer for both dresses and shirts. But in the “fall/winter” I pull out the double brushed poly which many times is good enough to wear without a sweater. It keeps you so nice and toasty in the cooler months of the year. Check out this beautiful Double Brushed Poly from Pretty Posh Prints.

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       This was my inspiration for the new Marjorie Swing Dress. Yes, it ‘s as comfortable as it sounds. I love my dresses and I love my t-shirts. Why not both? So this dress is great for Rayon, Modal, ITY, Try Blend Jersey, and I used DBP. These fabrics are needed to give it that flowy drape look. It’s fitted bodice and the loose fitted mid section is flattering on all body shapes. It has a wonderful high front and low back hem line in the longer version and a slighter hem in the knee length version. You could easily dramatize this hem line and I will hopefully do this and add some pictures to show you what I mean. OR MAYBE the Seam Ripper (my blogging buddy) will make one and show us .

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What We Love About This Pattern

  • The pattern provides 4 different sleeve options, 3 necklines, 2 back options and 2 lengths.
  • It is quick and easy.
  • Shorten the length to wear with leggings and boots! My kind of dress for fall.
  • Lengthen the dress and pop on some heals and you got a fancy dinner date dress.
  • Extremely comfortable. I actually have 2 for pajamas that I made from $1 knit from Walmart. My husband doesn’t think they are sexy though (I’m sad inside.)
  • Its versatile  and that’s what we love!

Pattern and Supplies

  • Pattern is drafted for women that are 5’5. Being the incredibly short people we are (I’m 5’2′ Danielle is like 4ft hah!) it just doesn’t work. But Hazel and Gather graciously made it easy for shorties like us to adjust the height easily! This makes it to where we don’t look like we are wearing a potato sack. Which believe it or not, has happened.
  • Patten contains layers. We pretty much don’t buy patterns unless it does.
  • Pattern calls for Rayon Spandex, ITY, Modal, Triblend, Jersey, DTY.
  • Basic Sewing supplies include: Rotary cutter, scissors, sewing machine or serger, ballpoint needles, iron and thread. In addition it is recommended to use interfacing depending on the neck band option you chose.
  • size chart below

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From Cut to Sew

  • The total time it took me to make this dress AFTER putting the pattern together was about 32 minutes from cutting the fabric to putting it on. Not too bad if you decide last minute you have nothing to wear and already have your pattern ready to go.
  • There will be 5 pieces to cut minus interfacing. 4 of these pieces are cut on fold so be sure to keep that in mind when using directional fabrics. You will need about 3 yardss I got away with using 2 with non-directional fabric. But again I’m short.
  • Sewing for me is the fastest part and its where everything comes together. Take extra care with the neckband in this pattern. It is a tad confusing with so many options for the neckband but having those options is great too. Just be sure to follow the instructions and you’ll be fine.

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Veronica from Hazel and Gather is a relatively new designer. I had the pleasure of working with her on this dress and she is definitely passionate about this and I look forward to many more of her designs.  Join her facebook group for incredibly gorgeous pictures of the Marjorie Tee Dress and hopefully sneak peaks of future patterns to come!

Get your Marjorie Pattern here!

Stay tuned to check out my Marjorie long tee hack for the blog tour! Perfect for leggings and boots!

 

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