Vintage Lady Skater Dress

Vintage Lady Skater Dress by Thisblogisnotforyou.comI did it again! I made another version of Kitschy Coo’s Lady Skater Dress! Of course, I couldn’t just stick with the original pattern, but had to make some alterations. I re-used my altered puff-sleeve pattern from my previous pinstripe Lady Skater and also added a Peter Pan collar as I’m not a big fan of the original t-shirt neckline.
Vintage Lady Skater Dress by Thisblogisnotforyou.comVintage Lady Skater Dress by Thisblogisnotforyou.comFor the skirt and collar I used a light grey jersey I bought on sale half a year ago. The bodice was made out of a thrifted Laury Ashley jersey skirt. Normally, I’m absolutely not into floral fabrics, but I somehow fell in love with this one:
Vintage Lady Skater Dress by Thisblogisnotforyou.com

I loved the vintage look of the skirt when I saw it and the Laura Ashley fabric seemed to be of very good quality. I wasn’t sure whether it would be enough, but with a bit of squeezing (and shortening the sleeves) I managed to cut both bodice and sleeves out of it.Vintage Lady Skater Dress by Thisblogisnotforyou.comHere you can see that I had to shorten to sleeves a bit, but I could also re-use the hem of the skirt for the sleeve hems. Pretty convenient 🙂Vintage Lady Skater Dress by Thisblogisnotforyou.com

Here’s how I drafted the collar:Vintage Lady Skater Dress by Thisblogisnotforyou.comI taped front and back of the bodice pattern together (folding away the seam allowance) so that they were overlapping a bit on the armhole edge (see below). This way the collar lies flatter.Vintage Lady Skater Dress by Thisblogisnotforyou.comVintage Lady Skater Dress by Thisblogisnotforyou.comDrafting the actual collar (don’t forget to add seam allowance!):Vintage Lady Skater Dress by Thisblogisnotforyou.comI handbasted most of the seams of the collar before machine sewing them. Parts of the collar are cut on the bias and might stretch and shift, so handbasting seemed like a good idea. I also basted the collar to the dress, turned the raw edges over inside and stitched the raw edges to the dress with a zig zag (which you cannot see from the outside as the seams are covered by the collar). Vintage Lady Skater Dress by Thisblogisnotforyou.comI love my second Lady Skater Dress as much as I love the first one! I wore it already (way too often) over the holidays and in my head I’m already making more!
Vintage Lady Skater Dress by Thisblogisnotforyou.com

These pics were taken on one of these days where I was just not in the mood for taking pictures. Do you know these days? Not even my new hair colour seemed to help. Taking pics feeling all of your neighbours are watching you is so awkward!Vintage Lady Skater Dress by Thisblogisnotforyou.com

Well, this is #21 of my 27 Dresses Challenge. #22 is finished, too, but still in need of a lining. #23 might never be finished, but more on that later! xx


Happy sewing!

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15 thoughts on “Vintage Lady Skater Dress

  1. I’d wear that a lot too- very cute!! I need a pattern that I’ll use over and over and over- I can’t wait til I find the one that fits me perfect and I can make a million things with it. I think the Lady Skater is your staple pattern:) it just looms so good on you!

    1. I looooove them, too. But I noticed that I didn’t have enough in my closet. So be prepared to see more of them on the blog in the future 😀

  2. I am unbelievably impressed that you made a bodice and sleeves from a skirt. I bought this gorgeous cotton trench coat that I was going to cut into two and make shorts out of the bottom half a cute cropped jacket for the top half and 10,000 years later, it’s sitting in the bottom of my drawer because I’m too scared to mangle it–especially since I can’t get that fabric anymore!

    The dress looks amazing 🙂

    Demi
    http://carbonchic.com.au

    1. Thanks! Don’t be afraid of cutting into things! It used to be very scared of the first cut, but believe me it’s so much fun once you get started! Once it’s cut, it gets your creative juices flowing. Even if you end up having not enough fabric you can still combine it with a matching neutral/plain cotton fabric! x

  3. Oooh, I love this 🙂 It’s so cute, but very grown-up at the same time. Might have to try something similar, but I’m not sure I’d have the patience for it. Well done!

    1. Thank you Thea! You won’t need much patience as it is a very quick sew (as you will know, you’ve made some Ladyskaters, too!) and drafting the collar is quite easy.

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