Papercut Patterns Sway Dress!

Hellooooooooo! How are you guys doing? Everybody having a good day? I hope so! So, do you ever notice themes in your sewing? Lately my sewing has been all about fun fabric in a simple shape. Fussy sewing and fussy garments just aren’t very cool in the heat! So, for August’s Mood Sewing Network project*, I decided to stay the course and make one more fun print + simple silhouette dress. Why not keep the streak going? πŸ™‚ I chose this beautiful rayon print because I loved the abstract images… I mean, are these birds, or are they palm trees? My vote is for palm trees, but that might just be because I love them!

Papercut Patterns Sway Dress | Ginger Makes

The fabric has a delicious crepe-y texture, and it’s ever so slightly sheer. I’m hoping that the voluminous shape counteracts the transparency of the fabric. I think it works- no sneaky peekies on display in these photos, anyway! However, I finished the seams with pinking sheers because I worried that serging or Hong Kong binding might show through or look lumpy on the right side. Instead of using fusible interfacing for the facings, I stitched in silk organza, because I’m a very fancy person and definitely not because I ran out of interfacing and accidentally ordered the wrong replacement. πŸ˜‰

Papercut Patterns Sway Dress | Ginger Makes

I really enjoyed working with this fabric. The texture of the fabric gave it some grip, so it wasn’t slippery to cut or sew, and it responds beautifully to steam. I was careful, though, not to press with the iron on the right side. In a crepe fabric, the texture comes from the twist and crimp in the fibers, which can easily be crushed with the iron. When that happens, you get gross shine marks… no good! So I pressed from the wrong side, steamed from the right, and used my fingers to mush the steam into the seams. Super technical stuff! πŸ™‚

Papercut Patterns Sway Dress | Ginger Makes

The pattern is the Papercut Patterns Sway dress, the long variation with a tie belt. Katie sent me a copy to try along with the Guise Pants. Thanks, Katie! Now, I was really drawn towards the shorter, trapeze-ier version, but I figured I’d give this longer length a try just for kicks. It feels a little frumpy compared to the shorter dresses I’ve been wearing lately, but I may just need to wear this a few times to get comfortable with the length and the belted waist. The pattern is very easy to put together and the instructions are nice and clear. I generally avoid anything with bias seams as I hate leveling out the hem, but it was really pretty painless. I’ll definitely revisit this pattern!

Papercut Patterns Sway Dress | Ginger Makes

The dress has center front and center back seams, and I was concentrating so hard on fitting all the pattern pieces on the fabric with the print all going the same direction that I didn’t even consider matching the print. Whoops! Hopefully it’s not too noticeable.

Papercut Patterns Sway Dress | Ginger Makes

WHAT IS THIS SORCERY?!?!

Papercut Patterns Sway Dress | Ginger Makes
Why, it’s a reversible dress! Since it only needs to fit at the shoulders, it can be switched around and worn with either the v-neck or the round neckline facing the front! Tricky business!

Man Friend review: “The belt is nice”.

OF COURSE.

Papercut Patterns Sway Dress | Ginger Makes

Alright, now please tell me- what’s on your sewing table right now? Simple silhouettes with fun prints? All solids all of the time? Complicated tailoring projects? And, are you Team Palm Trees, or Team Birds? Do tell!

*Once a month I receive a fabric allowance from Mood to make something fun! I blog it first on the MSN blog, then over here. If I use stash materials or things purchased from another source, I’ll let you know in my post. πŸ™‚

68 responses

  1. Team Palm Trees!!! But what is this about painless hemming.. that’s not what I remember from when you were hemming it! πŸ˜‰ I think it’s really cute – and much as it pains me to say, it’ll be cute with tights, boots and a cardi in fall!

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  2. I’ve been in an endless run of summer A line pullover dresses. The cuts and prints have gotten weirder and wilder, and I’m kinda sad the weather has finally turned, because I have one BIG WEIRD idea left. I’ll just poke at it all winter.
    And yes, boots and a cardi and you’re good for another month or two.

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  3. super cute! love the shape of the dress, plus i love that you can wear it two ways.. and gray is my favorite color ever, so it’s a win win win in my book..
    i have way too much stuff on my sewing table these days, have to make a dress for me, few tops for other people, and a baby quilt+dress for a 1year old.. and i have by friday to finish all that, so it’s gonna be a bussy week..

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  4. This fabric has a lovely drape and the pattern looks both chic and comfortable. I’ll have to agree with you that the print is more vegetable than animal!

    Sent from my iPad

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  5. As for the print guess, I would say it looks like little white Halloween ghosts. This lovely print is very demure as compared to your last makes, but still extremely well chosen for this kind of flowing dress. For now, I’m sewing super simple summer things like crazy, hoping Fall will never come.

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    • Little ghosts! That’s so cute! I’m right there with you– I’m just not ready to start sewing for fall yet! Plus it’s still very hot here, so it seems kind of silly to sew for cooler weather.

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  6. I am Team Bats, because I love bats and that’s what they look like to me πŸ™‚ Very cute, especially the belt, LOL! Man Friend’s reviews are priceless! You won’t believe this, but I’ve been gripped by a sudden desire to sew SOLID COLORS! What is happening to me?!

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  7. I see birds, but I’m going to vote palm trees anyway! For me. I’m working on a refashioning project, and a skirt. And I’m also hoping to take advantage of an extra set of arms this afternoon to cut out a baby project!

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  8. Ooh that’s adorable and I love the print! And how clever that it can reverse. But I do love the look of the V in the back in particular! After doing an epic fussy dress I am sooo happy to be doing basic ones right now. I’m in the mood for casual, I think since the heat kicked up! Easy to make and wear. πŸ˜‰

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    • The instructions said to do a rolled hem, but I’ve never gotten that down. Instead I did a narrow hem, stitching all the way around with the presser foot lined up with the raw edge (just under 1/4″) and then pressing under along the stitched line so I can turn it easily. Then I just turn it under once more and stitch it again!

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  9. Team birds, for me! Your dress is very cute, looks easy to wear! I’m sewing transition pieces now trying to ease into fall. Not sure I’m ready, but it’s getting cold out there!

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  10. SO good! When I was making up my version, I kept thinking that this was totally a Sonja dress pattern – I’m glad to know that I was right to think that πŸ™‚ I know what you mean about feeling frumpy with the hem length, but I think it’s actually pretty cute on you. That being said, I am always Team Legs. Show them gams, girl!

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  11. Lovely dress!! Perfect for a hot summer – it looks exactly like something I’d throw on first thing on a Saturday (or who am I kidding – to work too). And I actually think they look like (I mean this in the best way possible) a person wearing a sheet to be a ghost… (I just saw that Helene above suggested this too). Outside of that, I’m team Palm Trees. πŸ˜€

    And I’m working my way into fall/winter already despite our 90 degree temps… long sleeves, jeans, and a bit of other secret sewing πŸ˜€

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  12. OMG, I love your sway dress and I love my sway dress too! however, I made my first one up in a cheap fabric that was called a “poly rayon” (wtf?) in case I didn’t like it and I haven’t yet made the other ones that are bouncing around in my head. So your lovely version here makes me want to make another one ASAP!

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  13. I love that dress, the shape, the fabric…all of it. On my sewing table is a pair of trousers/ jeans, the simplicity amazing fit. And a dress. Both cut out and unstitched. xx

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  14. I think it’s great! I like the length, and I do think it’s treebirdbats, for sure. πŸ˜‰

    As for me, I’m gearing up for a giveaway and sewalong for late September, so starting to think about cozy gear!

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  15. Team birds! I love the option to reverse the dress front to backβ€”so slick! Crepe is a pretty great fabric for wearing in any season; this will be perfect layered up come fall. Oh, and thanks for the tips on pressing this type of fabric!

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  16. Trees. Definitely trees. I love the warm grey color. I have only seen the shorter view of this dress made up but I’m digging the longer length with the belt. Love that it is reversible!

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  17. This dress looks fantastic! I love the length on you, and the belt is awesome! I really love the print too! I’m just about to cut out some Thurlow Trousers, wish me luck!

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  18. In the last 24hrs I made 1 dress (Narita by hey June) in size 5 & 2 Amelie Tops (Retro Tunic & Simple Tunic) size 5 for one GrandGirl, 2 simple elastic waist Simplicity shirts for 6yr old Grandson, & a Spidey Senses very simple pillowcase (i winged it) for 7yr old Grandson . I’m now finishing 2 dresses for Twin Granddaughters, who are 17mths old.. I’m done for a few days. There’s 2! Different Moms here. I have another Grandson on the way & I’m making him privateers, I don’t remember where I found the off part right now sorry (sponge Bob, firehouse doggies, spidey senses, capt America, Santa clause)”’ im at the end of the line.

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  19. Wow, I was a bit meh about this pattern until I saw your dress. It’s so versatile and looks simple to run up. This looks like the perfect casual summer dress. Your man friend’s comment sounds similar to what mine would say.

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  20. Every time I pOp onto your blog I get sucked into this vortex devoid of time and space. LOL I LOVE IT! Love the palm dress–the tent dress–everything! Great work, as always!!!!

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  21. It sounds like you need a chalk hem marker! Then you can have the dress on, and puff a little chalk mark aaaalll around the hem to mark it. They are lovely! The dress looks super comfy and cute. I want one now!

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