I joined in on the One Week One Pattern challenge using Kitschy Koo Lady Skater Dress. I chose the Lady Skater because it looks like a dress but feels like a tracksuit so fits in with my daily housebound grind, plus I have a few versions to choose from.
The challenge runs from Saturday 6th to Friday the 12th September 2014 and involves using a single pattern for the entire week – either just styling a single item many ways, or wearing multiple versions of a pattern to demonstrate its versatility and wearability (and how many of us tend to make something over and over again if we love it).
So here are my pictures for the week. Prepare yourself for an onslaught of headless and blurry selfies. I got off to a shaky start on the weekend due to a sinus infection which is still ongoing (fun times, people) but by Tuesday was well into the swing of things and worked out how to get the photo taking part done and dusted with minimal fuss and bother.
Saturday. You get a photo of my butt because my face was not fit for public viewing. This is my first Lady Skater. I used a double knit with minimal stretch so the bodice did not fit but I saved it but making it into a skirt with some wide back elastic as a waistband. I wear this heaps and it is a very flattering make, plus still fits me despite putting on several kgs/pounds since I made it. Verdict: a great TNT knit skirt pattern.
Sunday. A very lovely soft and super stretchy knit from Girl Charlee, just blogged. This version has short sleeves and feels amazing to wear.
Monday. Hand dyed dark green cotton jersey knit from fabric.com. Blogged (and better photos) here. I usually wear it with my knee high black leather boots.
Tuesday. A recently blogged version in a blue floraly print from Girl Charlee. This one is a cotton knit and doesn’t have as much stretch as the black roses dress but is still a nice make. I feel very “pretty” when I wear it and not terribly age appropriate but I tend to get lots of compliments from random strangers when I wear it, which is always very lovely to receive. (Thank you, random strangers).
Wednesday. A refashioned very old (Pre-babies! Which means I’ve had this sitting around for almost a decade) lightweight denim maxi skirt that has never fit properly but for some reason I still owned. I’ve been meaning to refashion for years so this week I finally got the motivation. The lady skater skirt piece fit perfectly. I recut the pieces and resewed, adding a (hand picked, lapped because I am OTT like that) zipper as this fabric has no stretch, and some polka dot bias tape as a waistband. Surprisingly, the same size (a 4) still fits me very well – I didn’t need to size up because it was a woven. The navy lace jacket is me-made as well.
Friday. I used the skirt pattern to refashion an old maxi skirt (blogged about it here). Wearing today with (yawn) my staples of boots and a long sleeved T. The skater pattern has a very nice more-than-an-a-line-less-than-a-circle skirt which I love not only because it looks nice but also fits on a smaller piece of fabric so it works well for this type of refashion.
Thoughts. I have made three dresses and three skirts using this pattern and have at least a couple more in the pipeline. It only needed very minor tweaking to get a perfect fit I am happy with. From all of the patterns I own and have made, this is the one I return to again and again due to its ease of sewing, its versatility and extreme comfort when wearing. I tend to buy patterns rather compulsively (ahhh, my pretties) so it is good to be reminded that one pattern can stretch much further in application and uses than I sometimes think. Thank you Jane for hosting.