The shoulda been pyjamas skater dress.

Lets have a break from sewalong posts, shall we and check out something else I’ve made recently.  The fit of this dress is great, but the fabric really should have been pyjama pants.  Its all a bit much, even for me.  I did manage to use the scraps to make my 4 year old some leggings and a little peplum top using the childs skater pattern as a base and it this fabric looks really cute on her!

Lady Skater dress

The pattern is the ubiquitous lady skater dress.  It is popular for a reason, it is a great basic pattern if you like a fit and flare silhouette, which I do. This particular dress was inspired by Miss Mary of Idle Fancy fame and her lovely skater dresses plus this Moneta, which I totally love but it doesn’t seem to work as well for me – perhaps the fact that I am almost twice her age may have something to do with it.   I hear my grandmother muttering “lamb dressed up as mutton” in the distance but I am wearing it regardless, and even managed to finally get some awkward photos.

Today is one of those lovely clear crispy sunny Sydney almost-end-of-winter days.  I’ve been hit with a virus that has had me coughing and spluttering for days and sick children leaving me rather sleep deprived, yadda, yadda, etc etc.  I woke with a need to wear a cheery bright something, which always makes me feel better.

The fabric is from Girl Charlee.  I was hoping for a more spearmint colour like this one but it is a true light blue base with shades of pink and olive green flowers.  The quality is excellent and it sewed up beautifully.  It washes and wears well too – I haven’t worn this dress before but washed my daughters set several times and it is holding up really well.

floral skater front

The fabric doesn’t have quite the stretch recovery that works best for the skater dress but it has enough to still work well.  I tweaked the fit slightly by reducing my waist seam adjustment – I chopped a bit too much off the first time I made this pattern, this time it is just right  for my personal preferences.

I think I may shorten the sleeves to the cap length and wear with platform sandles in summer – I think it will be fun hot weather dress but looks a bit strange with winter styling.

This is a fun quick pattern to make though. I do recommend it!

  • Velosewer

    Gorgeous print choice Janelle.

  • Velosewer

    Gorgeous print choice Janelle.

  • That dress IS really cute… I think turning it into a sundress would be a great way to make it more you!

  • That dress IS really cute… I think turning it into a sundress would be a great way to make it more you!

  • Dorothy DotDot

    This dress is very appealing to my taste!

  • Dorothy DotDot

    This dress is very appealing to my taste!

  • Cari Homemaker

    This is beautiful. The lady skater pattern is one of my favorites, and yours looks great on you.

    • Thanks Cari. Its so comfy to wear too.

  • Cari Homemaker

    This is beautiful. The lady skater pattern is one of my favorites, and yours looks great on you.

  • My not-black long sleeved skaters and penny pinafores tend to feel a bit like pjs in dress form. I think short sleeves are the go for them, if they’re not a somber colour. It does look really good though! But I think cap sleeves would make it less full on.

    • Thanks – I am glad you agree. Will do that for sure!

  • Craftastrophies

    My not-black long sleeved skaters and penny pinafores tend to feel a bit like pjs in dress form. I think short sleeves are the go for them, if they're not a somber colour. It does look really good though! But I think cap sleeves would make it less full on.

  • Thanks – I am glad you agree. Will do that for sure!

  • Thanks Cari. Its so comfy to wear too.

  • Thank you!

  • Thanks Gillian. I agree completely.

  • Aww thanks Maria.

  • Gorgeous dress! It looks like it fits you perfectly! Thanks for the link back.

    http://www.girlcharlee.com

  • Gorgeous dress! It looks like it fits you perfectly! Thanks for the link back.

    http://www.girlcharlee.com