Friday, October 4, 2013

(Lady) sk8er gurl

When I was making the Lady Skater dress  I just knew that I needed to take photos on my husband's skateboard. As soon as he saw me on the skateboard he asked if he needed to record me on his iPhone to send in to the TV show Ridiculousness. Basically, he was saying that he thought I was going to fall and eat shit haha. I am very proud to say that I did not come close to falling, thanks!

 I first saw this pattern on Lauren's blog and loved it so much that I had to buy it. I thought it was the perfect knit dress and I needed it in my life. After sewing it up my original thoughts proved to be true, it's pretty awesome! I am going to make a leopard/floral print version and a 3/4 sleeve length LBD.

Because I'd never sewn any of Amanda's patterns before I wanted to make a wearable muslin. This glittery orange and white fabric was on sale at Mood, so I snapped it up and got to work sewing. The pattern is extremely straightforward and has two sets of instructions. The first set of instructions are illustrated with lots of photos, almost like a sew along inside the pattern! The second set of instructions are for "bad asses"(sounds like something I would say, but those are her words!) and do not use any pictures, just text. Those directions are also really clear and easy to follow. Apparently I am an official "bad ass" because I followed the second instructions :p

The only thing I will change for my next version is the waistline. I'd like it to be a little higher, so I will shorten the pieces by an inch or so.

 FYI the pattern is a downloadable pdf and you have to tape all the pieces together. I hateeeeeeeee HATE doing that, but it wasn't so bad! There aren't a ton of pattern pieces and the dress is so cute that I had to make an exception.

See, no falling from me!

Do any of you have plans to make this dress?

30 comments:

  1. I've been getting the itch to try knits with a knit dress and I can't decide between this one and Red Velvet by Cake. Looks lovely though!

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  2. Aren't you so cute with that skateboard and your fancy new dress?! :)

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  3. Oh I love this dress! Such a perfect, casual, but lady-like garment! I've definitely been thinking of making a few of these once fall decides to come to these parts!

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  4. loooove that print and silhouette on you! and your hubs is cracking me up. it's probably more dangerous for him to use a sewing machine. hey!! BATTLE!!

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  5. Roxanne GuillemetteOctober 4, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    Love the dress: very summery! I too made a muslin of the lady Skater and i'm trying to figure out if the waist is too low for my body or if it's made that way. Do you think the waist seam should hit at the smallest part of our waist or was it made to be lower? Can't wait to hear your thoughts about this so I can go make another version!

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  6. Cute! And down with the kids...!

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  7. I've really been wanting to try out a knit dress that is simple, yet cute. I've seen this one gaining popularity, which makes me lean towards trying it out :) Great job!

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  8. This one definitely fits the bill. I've made three versions of it so far and I love them all. I love that I can squeeze it out of two yards of fabric, so it's great when you're low on yardage.

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  9. Both are great if you're looking to learn how to sew with knits. This one is a little more on the beginner side than Red Velvet, but the upcoming sewalong Steph has planned for RV would probably be a great time to learn. Her sewalong for her Tiramisu pattern back in January was how I originally learned how to sew with knits. :D

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  10. I love this on you! It's so flattering, both the dresses and the fabric! I might have to buy the pattern myself!

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  11. I keep seeing this everywhere, and I really like your version a lot. I think it's going to inevitably make its way to my house...(or my email inobx, I guess!)

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  12. Gorgeous fabric, love it even more in close up! I vote for a higher waistline btw, it elongates the legs.

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  13. Cute! I wish I had a nice aqua door to stand in front of, haha! It looks really good against the orange! I love a nice simple knit dress. I'm looking forward to seeing your next versions :) this is really pretty!

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  14. Thanks, I'll keep that in mind for sure!

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  15. Woo hoo! Look at you go, cutie pie! That fabric is awesome and so perfect for you! I totally agree about taping PDF patterns together - argh!!! I love your leopard flats and am looking forward to seeing your leopard skater dress!


    I plan to make at least two more in ponte de roma. Love!

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  16. Why is it called Skater Girl dress? I really love it, but it's quite similar to some vintage 70s patterns in my stash! xoxo


    And LOVE a wearable muslin!

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  17. Cute! Love your fabric choice! I just made a lady skater dress and I have fabric lined up for a few more. I also plan to raise the waist up just a bit on my next one. Can't wait to see your others :)

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  18. Such great fabric and a very flattering dress on you! Totally loving this. Nice work on not falling off, too - I totally would have!

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  19. Lovely dress, it looks great on you! I have seen this pattern on so many blogs, I think I might buy it!

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  20. Hi Roxanne, hope you don't mind me jumping in! It's supposed to hit at the smallest part of the waist so a lot of people (myself included) have to shorten the bodice to move the waist seam up. I have a really big fitting post here: http://kitschycoo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/the-lady-skater-fitting-and-adjustments.html

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  21. Love it! That fabric is gorgeous.

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  22. Roxanne GuillemetteOctober 5, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    How could I mind: hearing this from you is even better! I know my natural high waist was higher up on my long torso than normal, but this confirms it. I think my smaller bust might also be contributing to the longish bodice. I'll carefully hack-off a few inches for my next muslin. Thanks so much for the tip! Can't wait to make another dress!

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  23. You are braver than I am! This dress looks great. I've never been drawn to knit dresses, but lately I've been thinking more and more that I could really use some at work... this dress is a front-runner!

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  24. Great weekend dress. I have been spying that dress summer is on its way. Fun fabric ��

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  25. This is so autumnal! Loves it!

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  26. Aargh, how cute are you? Awesome and love the skateboard poses. The dress looks great. I have this and really must make it soon :)

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  27. Dress is adorable and so are these photos!! I've seen several versions of this dress, and the more I see, the more I'm sold. I've got to get it too.

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  28. Now I want to make this dress, especially a 3/4 sleeve version! It is so adorable on you! Go skater girl!

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  29. You are the cutest sk8r girl in the world x

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  30. ahh this is awesome.
    i have the skater dress on my plate to complete.

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