It’s always great when you can sew something quick and great and get instant gratification out of it, and so I present to you my Lady Skater Dress! The Lady Skater is a pdf sewing pattern that is available via instant download. It’s a wonderful pattern that is written by Amanda of Kitschy Coo. I made one of Amanda’s patterns back in the day, the Reversible Zip Hoodie, for my kids. I’ve made them 3 hoodies, and when they grow out those, they will be receiving some brand new ones out of whatever fabric they happen to like.
The fabric required for this project is a knit, and I used fabric by Patty Young for Michael Miller fabrics. There’s not a huge huge selection of knit fabrics out there, unless you’re a baby, but I did notice that Valori Wells has some new knit fabrics, so that might be worth a look-see. Amanda has a lot of brilliant knit fabrics (mostly organic) in her shop, so I might be tempted to buy a few and make a peplum out of this pattern.
Amanda is certainly a pro with sewing with knits, and I’m a newbie, so I was a little nervous. I had my stretch needle, I had my (optional) twin needle and my clear elastic. I was ready to go. Amanda assured me that I would only need to spend about 2 hours sewing to finish my dress. I was a little skeptical.
It’s funny because while I was sewing up the bodice, normally I try things on a ton of times to make sure I’m on the right track (too lazy for a muslin), but with this I had a hard time because I did not have any prior knowledge of sewing with knits. I put the half-done bodice over my head and I thought, wow, the neckline looked so big..I wished I had made a muslin. But when the whole dress was finished, I was completely and utterly shocked because the thing fit like a glove. A GLOVE! I made no modifications to the pattern (my first time with knits, I really needed to just do exactly I as I was told, lol). It’s kind of fun not having to worry about darts or zippers and just sew.