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Friday, June 14, 2013

Stripy Skater Dress




Throwing conventional wisdom to the wind, I have decided to make an entire outfit out of horizontal stripes!

Now, if you want a quick-gratification project, this would be it. I purchased the pattern online, and it was in my email to download instantly (the quickest pdf delivery I've experienced). As for the sewing, it's just about as fast as making a t-shirt.

I make a lot of my knit shirts using my sloper/block because I've tweaked it to death and like the fit pretty well. I've been mulling over modifying that into all variety of t-shirt dresses. So, when I saw this pattern release I did think, "I could just add a skirt to my existing t-shirt pattern." It's true, I could. But I did like the look of this dress and I like to support indie pattern makers occasionally...so the rest is history.


I did muslin the bodice first. I fell in between sizes on the measurement chart and since there's negative ease I  thought it'd be good to make sure there wasn't too much negative ease. And since I always do major shoulder/armscye adjustments, I had to check the baseline.

I made the muslin out of a goofy assortment of knit scraps. When my 9yo daughter saw the "shirt" sitting around the next day, she was scared that I'd made her an ugly shirt.

Amazingly, the shoulder and arms fit perfectly. That never happens, ha! The bodice was too tight, so I cut the next size up for the real thing.



In the end, I was able to make a dress straight from the pattern with no adjustments. Neat.



The fabric: 2 yards cotton/lycra jersey from Chez Ami
The pattern: The Lady Skater (to differentiate it from the girls' skater dress also offered) from Kitschy Coo.



19 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh!!! I love it!! You look fantastic in that dress; it is so flattering. This is a must have for me.

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    1. I ordered the pattern tonight and already printed it out! Lucky me I have some blue striped fabric on hand that is enough to make it.

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  2. The fit is great, isn't it!? And well done on the stripes. I like the contrast at the cuffs and neckline. 10/10

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    1. Thanks! Yes, the fit is good. After looking at the pictures, I may raise the waist seam a bit.

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  3. Love it!! This is by far one of my favorites of your sewing projects!!! I bet it is comfortable too!

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    1. Thanks! Comfortable is the word!

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  4. Boo to conventional wisdom! It looks great and really does fit you well. I would wear a dress like this on one of our family beach holidays, but unfortunately it would then have to be accessorised with wellies and an overcoat, far nicer with your bare legs and clogs!

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    1. Since I part ways with conventional wisdom anyway, I'd definitely wear this with wellies and an overcoat!

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  5. Looks fabulous on you, Joy! I love it in stripes.:) I got a good giggle out of your daughter thinking you made her an "ugly" shirt.lol

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    1. Thanks! I'll have to post a photo of my ugly shirt, hehe.

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  6. Your dress looks great. And it fit out straight out - how fantastic.

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    1. Thanks! I haven't had very many garments fit straight out of the package!

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  7. That's very cute, and so comfy looking. I love the chevron stripes at the sides!

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    1. Thanks! That's the great thing about stripes - they make their own effects!

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  8. This is really cute, I like the horizontal stripes

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  9. I really love your version of this dress. I never even heard of the pattern until I saw your post, actually. I'm such a sucker for stripes and your worked out beautifully. cool colors too!

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