The Lady Skater Dress

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I never thought I would, but I feel like I’m becoming one of these jersey junkies! I made another jersey dress last week and the whole projects was so rewarding. It was super easy, quick and the fit of the dress is amazing. The fabric was just £1.50 pm. I love jersey!!

I have three belts which go perfectly with the dress:

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I used the Lady Skater Dress pattern from Kitschy Coo but I altered the pattern quite a bit. I saw the dress on Daniela and Thea and loved the fit. However, I’m not a big fan of tshirts, tee neckbands and cuffs. I love things to be as lady like as it gets, so I swapped the tshirt dress look for a slash neck (with facing), puff sleeves and a simple hem instead of cuffs. I also cut up the bodice pattern to create the illusion of an hourglass shape (I should do this on every pattern!).

Here are some pictures of the alterations I made:Lady Skater dress by

Raising the neckline and adding a side panel.Lady Skater dress by thisblogisnotforyou.comLady Skater dress by thisblogisnotforyou.comLady Skater dress by

Raising and spreading out the sleeve cap to a puff sleeve.Lady Skater dress by

Omitting the cuffs, lenthening the 3/4 sleeves and adding a tiny hem:Lady Skater dress by

It’s not an exaggerated puff sleeve (like the one on my plaid jacket), but it gives the sleeve a very feminine touch. ( I know, my stripe matching is a bit off!)

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The fit of the Lady Skater is amazing. To be on the safe side I made the full bust adjustment suggested in the pattern (I never had to do this before!), but the armskye looked rather tight on some of the pictures I saw of the dress. Without the FBA the bodice might have been a tiny bit too tight.

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I’m in love with this dress! It’s #20 of my 27 Dresses Challenge and I can see me wear it very often!! Lady Skater dress by thisblogisnotforyou.comLady Skater dress by thisblogisnotforyou.comLady Skater dress by thisblogisnotforyou.comLady Skater dress by

I’m already dreaming of making more ladylike Lady Skater dresses!

Happy sewing!

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18 thoughts on “The Lady Skater Dress

    1. Hehe, I actually made a sketch of the dress to see how the stripes would look since I wasn’t too sure which way they would work best 😉

    1. Yes, please do! I love this dress and it’s probably my favourite make so far. Maybe it will be the first pattern I actually use twice. Hmmm 🙂

  1. I really love the alterations you made to the pattern…they make such a fantastic difference! The dress looks gorgeous on you!

  2. Ah! Looks so cool because you played with the stripes so wise! I always thought ladyskate dresses are very plain, almost boring, but you brought interest by the detail on the sleeves, and the stripes direction. Very clever! I see you wear it with nylons, so my question is: isn’t the dress clinging to your body when you walk? Like loads of static? Here in Calgary (Canada) it’s so dry, there is static even where you don’t expect to find it. 🙂

    1. I thought the same about the Lady Skater, but I loved the fit so much when I saw it on the other ladies. I used a very cheap, light-weight jersey and so far I had no problems with static. Especially when you use a heavier jersey you should be fine! Does it make a difference if you swap the nylons for cotton tights?

  3. I too absolutely LOVE the way you played with the stripes, and the alterations to the pattern make it really lovely 🙂

  4. I think you’re very talented, with your reconfiguring the pattern and use of the stripes. That is a very figure friendly dress you’ve created! Well done. I’ve just found your blog, so I’m off to read sone more

  5. This is so fab! I love your alterations – I have a autumnal floral jersey that I’m super excited to cut into, and I’m definitely basing it on yours. That high neck especially, yum! If you don’t mind me asking, what’s the difference between your high bust and low? Because I’ve never had to do a FBA in my life (much more likely an SBA) but our figures look pretty similar on top (though I’m packing more jiggle below, haha).

    1. Aww, Thanks! I’m not sure what my difference is, but normally if I’d need anything it would be a SBA! I don’t know if it’s just me, but I found the Ladyskater a bit tight around the bust area, even after the FBA. The FBA in the pattern is just a “quick fix”, and I did it just because the armholes looked a bit too tight, not because I thought it would be too tight around the bust area. If your figure is similar to mine, you will most likely not need a FBA, but if you’re not making a toile you might want to cut out the bodice in a larger size and pin it together to see if it fits.You can always make it a bit smaller later. 🙂

  6. It looks superb. Can you give some advice on how you lined up the stripes on the arms with the bodice? I have no idea where to even try for when cutting – even without worrying about the seam allowance.

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