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Swing Dress

Swing Dress - Noodlehead

After seeing Hey June’s City Park Tee in action a few times, plus the extra tutorials Adrianna added for modifying the tee to a dress and swing style dress I knew it was something my girls would love to wear. Having all the added options available was really great resource as well, because we all love variety! So a swing dress it is!

Swing Dress - Noodlehead

I go back and forth about sewing for my girls. I love love LOVE making them things. But kids are hard on clothes, they grow out of them quickly, and knits can be on the pricier side. But I think that being able to make something for them that they wear with pride, something they can help decide what they like and would want to change, something just for them – makes it all worth while for me.

Swing Dress - Noodlehead

The other super positive thing is that more and more knits are becoming more widely available. Plus, there are tons of great designer prints now, too. I used to spend a lot of time searching online or sifting through the remnant bins that my local Hancock Fabrics used to have. It was very hit or miss.

Swing Dress - Noodlehead

This was a fun and quick make. I used some of my stretch thread in the bobbin like Adrianna suggests in the pattern. I’m hoping this might be the last piece of the broken stitches puzzle that a lot of the hems I sew on my kid’s clothes succumb to. Making this dress for Natalie felt really great. Each step along the way I held it up and could just imagine the excitement on her face when she’d see it finished. I actually hadn’t sewn with knits for a while, more a year ago at least? It was too long and I’m glad to be back on the wagon.

Swing Dress - Noodlehead


Pattern: City Park Tee by Hey June (modified using her swing dress tutorial)
Fabric:  Soy Jersey purchased from Fancy Tiger Crafts


Swing Dress - Noodlehead

7 thoughts on “Swing Dress

  1. Jeni says:

    That looks so comfy!!

  2. Dahlia says:

    Lovely! And good thinking on the stretch thread…I would’ve missed that.

  3. Rachel says:

    Could this be made in a small adult size? 5’6″, 110, small bust. Would it need adjusting in the bust?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Possibly! You can check out the pattern size range, I think it goes up to a 16 youth?

  4. mrs robinson says:

    Comfy and stylish… feel like I need one! Knits still worry me slightly, though maybe your bobbin tip is the answer…

  5. karen says:

    Very nice! I am not surprised your daughter loves it. I am curious about the stretch thread you wound on your bobbin. Was it the maxilock thread? Not available in Canada. Rank discrimination. I would like to try it as I have problems with knits too.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Yes! I believe so!

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