Everyone has different preferences when it comes to fit, but sometimes there’s nothing quite like a swingy top or dress to make you feel comfortable and carefree! You might think you need to buy a specific swing pattern, but in fact if you already have a t-shirt pattern that fits you well through the shoulders and bust, it’s easy to hack it into a swing style.
I’ll be demonstrating today on the Cashmerette Concord T-Shirt (my pattern company), but it will work equally well with any classic t-shirt pattern. If you want it to be a dress, simply lengthen first (at the lengthen/shorten line) and then do the adjustment.
- Draw a horizontal line across the front piece – it’s up to you where you place it, depending on if you want the fullness to start above, on or below your bust. Then, draw four evenly spaced vertical lines down from the horizontal line to the hem.
2. Cut along the horizontal line, starting at the center front and ending just before the side seam, leaving a little hinge.
3. Cut up each of the vertical lines, again leaving a little hinge at the top of each one. Now, spread the pieces out evently, keeping the center front vertical. You can spread as much as you’d like! The pieces will naturally push downwards as you do this – that’s Ok.
5. Place some tracing paper over your altered piece and trace.
6. Voila! Repeat the same steps with the back piece, and then sew as usual.