When I think of a “skater dress,” I think of figure skating, not skateboarding.
When I think of my navy Lady Skater dress, I think “dress I want to wear every day. Every. Single. Day.”
There’s not much to say about the construction. I chose not to follow some of the directions. Especially with the neckband. If you follow the directions, you sew one shoulder seam, then apply the neckband flat, and then sew the second shoulder seam. I chose to sew my neckband and then apply it in the round so there would be no visible seam allowance.
The one disappointment I have with this dress is that the waist is too low. I shortened the waist on paper before I started. Then, when I tried it on the first time, I had to scramble to shorten it again. It was quite the process. If you’ve ever attempted to unpick knits, you know my pain. In the end, the waist is still too low, particularly on the sides and the back.
Before I make this up again (because of course I will be making it again), I plan to try the dress on, mark where the waist should be, take it off, and then measure from the shoulders or arm holes to the waist so I know exactly how much to alter the pattern.
I did modify the skirt a bit. I wasn’t really going so much for the mullet hem to be trendy. I just wanted it to be shorter in the front, but I wanted to not worry about being too flashy in the back when I bend over to pick up things I inevitably drop (I’ve become super clumsy the past few years). I do like the look, though. The skirt is crooked because of my quick and dirty method of waist-shortening.
So, yeah–if I could wear my Lady Skater every day, I totally would. On average, it gets worn about once a week.
I also have my first Archer to show you. This was the first project I made with my new sewing machine. The top stitching, therefore, is very crooked since I was still getting adjusted to the super-speedy pedal.
There were a couple parts of the process that had me choking back tears of frustration. Primarily the trick you use to sew the collar stand to the button plackets. After watching the video at least 8 times, I finally figured out what I was supposed to do. The collar stand still doesn’t look great, but I’ll show more detail pictures when I talk about my other Archers.
Two other smallish things to point out: I whipped up this infinity scarf with a half-yard of jersey knit from Girl Charlee. I am really pleased with how it turned out. I read several tutorials and all of them require a lot more yardage. I ended up just ignoring them and using what I had. And it’s pretty much exactly what I wanted.
And finally, I made these little bracelets with some scraps my sweet Quilting Friend gave me. It was just an experiment to see how I liked them, but I’ve ended up wearing them all the time! I want to make lots and lots more in all the colors. I sort of came up with the idea myself, but when looking for inspiration, I found my exact idea on LBG Studio. (They had the idea first, to be fair.)
I have two shirts and two skirts left in this first round of sewing. Although, I’m considering using my gray pin dot knit for another Lady Skater rather than a maxi skirt (which I can’t figure out how to wear like I imagine). I’m just wondering if the metallic will be a little over the top. I don’t know–the more I think about it, the more I love the idea.
Yep–I need a whole army of Lady Skaters, and if one happens to be a little blingy, SO MUCH THE BETTER.