Handmaiden’s Cottage Swing Dress Review

Happy Snow Day to all that are on the miserable North East Coast or in Canada and beyond!

This is my official first post on my new alicatco domain!  I’m super excited about the future of the blog.  We are still in a bit of transition period, so be patient.  Everything will be running perfectly as soon as I get smarter on this web stuff!

Today, I have Handmaiden’s Cottage Swing Dress review.

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The Swing dress is made with four panels, sleeve, sleeve ruffle and three ruffles along the bottom of the dress (I only did the two attached to the hem).  The dress is a pretty fast slow-an evening project for sure.  If you have any ruffle making experience, you can make this dress!

I know you are thinking “well, it’s cute for the summer, but it’s winter now.”  Wrong! Because of all the flowy-ness, there is plenty of room to wear a shirt underneath for the cooler months. See how cute it is with leggings and boots with the fur? (Do I hear an echo?)

This was my first time making a Handmaiden’s Cottage pattern.  I found the instructions clear and included is a great “how to gather” tutorial.  I would recommend labeling the pattern pieces, especially the ruffles, after cutting.  You could very easily get them mixed up.

The pattern comes in combined sizes:

  • 6-12 months
  • 18-2T months
  • 3T-4T
  • 5-6
  • 7-8

If you child is on the lower end of the size range, then you might want to size down.  I made size 3-4 for my daughter and she typically wears a slim 6.

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The materials list is pretty short:

  • Fabric
  • thread
  • 1/4″ wide elastic
  • package of 1/2″ single fold bias tape
  • marking pen
  • 1 to 2.5 yards of lace for the sleeve (optional)

The Swing dress does require a bit more fabric than most other dresses.  I wanted to use what I had in my stash, so I used a different fabrics for the side panels and ruffles.

Yardage chart

  • 6-12 months: 2.5 yards
  • 18 monts to 2T: 3 yards
  • 3T-4T: 3.5 yards
  • 5-6: 3.74 yards
  • 7-8: 4.75 yards

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There are cutting diagram for each size range, so if you do want to use multiple fabrics, you can easily see how much of each you will need.  No guessing!

PS-is your little girl into dolls? There is an 18″ doll dress to match!

As you can tell by the silly smiles, Ali just adores her new dress.  Thank you Handmaiden’s Cottage for a BIG win over in this house!

Head over to Handmaiden’s Cottage to check out all their other frilly, twirly greatness.