To me, this dress is everything I look for in a pattern that I will use again and again: I didn't have to make a lot of adjustments, it came together in an afternoon, and I can see myself using it in every season, for lots of different occasions.
So, here are the details for the first (I'm sure of many) Lady Skater:
The Pattern: The Lady Skater from Kitschy Koo, size 4
Fabric: 2 Yards of cotton jersey with BIRDS on it. Birds, people, need I say more? (If you're interested, you can get some here)
Instructions: There are two sets of instructions here: one for more experienced skaters (such as myself) and one for people who have never stepped foot on a skateboard before (also kinda like me...funny story, really. Scroll to the bottom and I'll tell you more) Anyway, the instructions were pretty basic, this was an easy make, and they were more than thorough.
What I love most: the fabric has birds on it! Some of them are even kissing...does a dress get any better than kissing birds? The dress is also really comfortable, easy to throw on, and washing machine friendly :)
What I would do differently next time: A different color? Shorter sleeves? Longer sleeves? Longer hem? The possibilities are endless! My roommate (who made her very first garment a Lady Skater) even pointed out that you could wear it backwards, and have a high neck with a scoop neck in the back. WHY NOT?
Alterations: I took out about 1/2 inch of the bodice in the back, serged the hem, and shortened the 3/4 sleeves to just above the elbow. I just like them better there, and I wanted this dress to transition into fall! I also hate things below the elbow, I tend to roll all my sleeves up anyway. Aaaahhh, the beauty of sewing your own clothes...
|Attempting to spin...Check out my feet in that last picture. All the more reason to stay off of skateboards.|
Recommended: Absolutely! This is the perfect basic pattern to transition from work to date night, and from summer to winter.
Once upon a time, I went to visit my bestest buddy in the beautiful state of Florida. She has two beautiful kiddies (and another in the oven) and works nights as a nurse. The second day I was there, she came home from work at 6am, and went to bed. When the rest of us woke up, we tried to stay quiet. I went out front with someone who was skateboarding down the gentle incline of the driveway and into the street. I didn't dare try to roll down the driveway, as I am pretty much the clumsiest, least athletic person you've ever met, and was pretty sure I would fall flat on my ass. I did, however, try to stand on one while someone held my hands. (YES, I am that pathetic and not balanced). After a few seconds, they let go.
I rolled about a foot, and lost my balance.
And broke my foot.
So, you see, even though I do get to follow the bad-ass sewing instructions, and love dressing in my lady skater dress, I do not get to roll with the cool kids in the skate park. I will get hurt, and end up on crutches for a month.