I made this a few weeks ago, but I’ve had a backlog of blogging so didn’t get round to posting till now.
Anyway, I decided to stop making mock-ups of stuff and hoarding the nicest fabric in my stash waiting for the perfect project to come along. So since I’ve been doing dancing every week, I need a pretty endless supply of easy to dance in jersey dresses. so I thought I’d revisit kitschykoo’s Lady Skater Dress which I have made twice before (here and here), but make it in one of my nicer fabrics this time.
The fabric I chose was a grey floral number with a Burberry Tartan style border print. Which was great, and it preached nicely and everything was fine until I came to cut it and realised the skirt pieces of the Lady Skater Dress are quite severely curved, so I couldn’t put the border at the bottom of the skirt as I had planned. I suppose I could have changed the skirt for a rectangular gathered one, but I panicked a bit, and as I was absolutely determined to make a dress that day whatever, I put the check border print along the bottom of the bodice instead. In the event this was probably the most sensible choice as a barely had fabric to finish the thing by the time I’d cut it all, so a rectangular skirt wouldn’t have worked anyway.
So I finished it, and it was fine, but then I looked at it on the hanger and was really disappointed and thought I’d wasted the gorgeous fabric, and didn’t like it at all…
So I sulked till Jon came home, and then tried it on and took some pictures…… and I’ve got to say although unprepossessing on the hanger, on me i love it!
The line of check across the middle actually looks really nice I think.
Here is a close up of the check on the sleeves and the bodice..
So yeah, its a little too long on the bodice, as the pattern runs slightly long on me anyway, and as I cut the fabric horizontally down the grain rather than vertically across it, because of the pattern, it has stretched slightly lengthways.
But I am really pleased with that, and its been worn pretty much within a day or so of coming out of the wash ever since.
I have another project cut out ready to go at the moment, but am not really in a sewing mood this week, so we shall see if it actually happens or not!