Monthly Archives: August 2016

Papercut’s Sway Dress in Silk

Silk Papercut Sway Dress

What do you do when you have beautiful silk and an itch to sew something new? Let me tell you, Papercut’s Sway Dress just might beat out whatever’s next in your queue.

For us here in the Northeast, it’s the last waning days of summer and this dress is perfect for the weather we have right now. It’s light, breezy, and easy to wear. The construction of the dress is pretty simple: only four pieces (plus facings), great directions, optional pockets and belt loops, and two lengths…more on that soon.

We have had this particular silk in the shop for a bit and every time I would pass it by I would stroke it, wondering what it could be. The pattern is random and the width is small. I knew it could be a knock-out *insert garment here*, I just didn’t quite know what that magical garment was.

Then one day I was rearranging the patterns in the shop and picked up the Sway dress. I realized this was what that silk was meant for. I think I might have heard angels singing even. Maybe.

Pintuck & Purl's Silk Sway Dress

I set to prepping the fabric and getting the dress started. I traced the pattern for the shorter version, not realizing how truly short it might be. I assumed that since I was short, everything would work out just fine. For the most part it did. I think because of this choice I was able to squeeze the pattern pieces onto my narrow fabric. Once I was out for the photo shoot, I realized it was pretty darn short. Since it was already done, and we were on location, a short dress it was going to be.

As I said earlier, construction was a breeze. I opted not to break up my busy print with center front and back seam allowances and placed both on the fold. Now my dress consisted of only two pieces plus facings. Done. I interfaced the facings with silk organza. Since I knew it was to be a summer dress, I didn’t want anything too bulky or hot. I sometimes find fusible interfacings sticky in the heat and I wanted breathability.

Silk Sway Dress by Pintuck & Purl

This dress has the added benefit of being reversible. I neglected to tell my photographer that on the day of the shoot, so you only get to see one side in action. However both ways look great. I prefer a v-neck, but the scoop neck option is there if I decide I want a change.

The tricky part of the dress is the hemming. That circumference is a beast! I pulled out my trusty BERNINA hemming foot and it was tear-free. If your machine has an option for one of these feet, it is a great investment. It knocked down maybe an hour or more of hemming to about fifteen minutes or so.

Papercut Sway Dress by Pintuck & Purl

Have you made the Papercut Sway dress or seen a version you love? What do you think, should I now make this a tunic or should it stay a short dress? I can’t decide!

All Photos by Ashley Shea Photography

New Yarn Club! Yay!!


We are SUPER excited to announce a new mystery yarn club at Pintuck & Purl! The idea behind this club is to give you a chance to sample six of our favorite yarns by way of six gorgeous hand-picked patterns, all knit over the course of 7 months (we’ve given you December off, because we know that month gets busy!) and all at a huge discount! Along the way there will be gifts and prizes, plus monthly knit nights specifically for club members so we can share our thoughts and tips on the projects we’re all knitting together.

Here’s how it works:

  • We suspect everyone needs a little mystery and intrigue in their lives (and who doesn’t love presents?) so every month starting on September 1st, club members will come to the shop to find a wrapped gift waiting for them. Contained within will be a gorgeous skein of yarn (you can always exchange for a different color within the same line!), a printed pattern, and maybe a little treat just ’cause we love you so much. 🙂
  • We’ve worked hard to find patterns that are both beautiful and will work well with the chosen yarn. We also chose patterns that looked fun to knit, were diverse, and could make a great gift on the off chance that they aren’t to your particular taste. We love them, and we think you will too.
  • We will host a special Knit Night at the beginning of each month (or close to) for those knitting the patterns, in the spirit of support and community. 🙂
  • When you come in on the 1st of the next month for your next present, bring your most recent project. Everyone who has completed their project for the previous month will receive a prize!
  • At the end of the 7 month subscription (on or around April 1st), all club members will be entered into a raffle to win a larger prize. There will also be a second raffle for club members who complete all 6 projects by the end of the subscription timeframe (if it took you longer than a month for some of them, that’s ok–as long as they are completed by the end of the club, you can be entered into the 2nd raffle.)
  • Don’t live close? That’s okay! We can ship your monthly present to you. Just tag us on social media or email us a picture of you with your finished project on or before the day of the next shipment to win the monthly prize. (Shipping is not included in the club fee.)
  • These projects were chosen to be fun little knits for intermediate/advanced knitters and great introductions to different, commonly used skills for adventurous beginners–plus there will be lots of support available! If you fall into the adventurous beginner category, you will come away from this experience with lots more confidence and greater skill! We will always be here and eager to help if you need anything. The patterns include several different techniques, and will be great to stretch your skills if you’re encountering something for the first time. You can do it!
  • Needles sizes you’ll need: (US): 1, 2, 2.5, 3, 7, 8, 10.

The entire experience will be just $95, which is over a 20% discount off of all the yarn and patterns! (This works out to $15.83 per project! What!?!?!) We are also offering an exclusive discount to members on needles and supplies needed for each project. Come join the fun!

Sign up at the shop today! Online sign-ups are coming soon here!