Scarlet Swing Dress by Greenstyle Creations

Today is day four of our Spring Dress series with the Scarlet Swing Dress from Greenstyle Creations.  This fun and trendy dress is a sure springtime sewing winner!

As soon as I saw the Scarlet Swing Dress by Greenstyle Creations, I knew I had to have the pattern.  If I’m being honest, there are multiple reasons that drew me to this style.  Can we talk for a minute?  I have three beautiful children, and my body is not what it used to be.  I left the corporate world to focus more on my family after baby number 3 was born.  During that time, I’ve felt a little like I’ve lost myself.  I’ve felt a little frumpy.  As far as fashion is concerned, I feel like I’ve been living in a cave for the last two years, and I’m hesitant to try new trends.  But this!  This dress/top/tunic has the coveted cold shoulder that is so on trend, AND it is fitted at the bust and flows freely away from those areas I’m not so comfortable with.  Not only that, but there are a myriad of options to choose from, meaning I can make several tops and dresses from this one pattern and still have a diverse summer wardrobe.

Which brings me to my next point:  summer, in Florida, with young children.  The Scarlet Swing dress is effortless.  I can throw it on with sandals or Toms, add some fun jewelry, and viola – I’m set for days by the pool for swim practice, zoo trips, park play dates…you get my drift.  As I work my way out of the fog of the newborn/baby days, and begin to relocate my stylish side (I know she’s in there somewhere), I’m finding that I really love simple clothes with great lines.  This dress fits the bill, and will easily transition to cooler weather with boots and a jean jacket, or maybe a nice floral cardigan.  

This was my first Greenstyle Creations pattern, and the instructions were great.  It sews up so quickly (yes, you guessed it…major points if I can sew something in a nap time).  I did size down in this dress, and I like the way it fits.  I think I may end up adding some inseam pockets to it (everything is better with pockets), and shortening it an inch so it sits above my knees.   I feel comfortable in it, and I can’t wait to sew some tops and tunics next!