This funky yet functional knit dress has a fitted bodice, scooped banded neckline, a curved flared knee-length skirt, and options for trimmed cap sleeves, or banded Ā¾ length sleeves or long sleeves. It's designed to flatter the figure with a waistline that hits at the natural waist and a skirt that gently skims over the lower waist and hips. In plainer fabrics the skater dress lends itself to a casual wardrobe staple that's cute with sneakers, or snag yourself a fancy fabric for a knock-out evening dress.
There are eight sizes included in the pattern, ranging from a 30 - 44 inch¯ high bust, and a 24 - 38 inch¯ high waist.
This pattern has you choose your size by your high bust measurement and high waist measurement. I chose a size 4 for a 35 inch high bust and 29 inch waist which matches my current measurements.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I think so.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are great, there a two sets of instructions included in the download, one in the form of a photo tutorial with lots of hints and tips making this a great project for beginners, and the other is a crib-sheet for the order of construction for the more experienced.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- The flattering shape of this dress, the waist seam falls at the narrowest point of the waist and the skirt is flared enough to skim over the belly and hips.
- The scoop neck is a lovely shape but not too low.
- The bands on the cap sleeves give a really nice finish.
- The pattern is nicely drafted, everything fits together perfectly.
No dislikes at all!
Navy bluer rayon lycra knit with printed polka dots. It was really nice to see that this fabric was manufactured in the U.K.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The only change I made to this was to add 4 inches to the length of the skirt as I prefer my skirts to hit just below my knee.
The instructions suggest using clear elastic to stabilise the shoulder and waist seams but I have a hate/hate relationship with clear elastic that I have never managed to resolve so I used fusible bias tape to stabilise just the shoulder seams.
I left the skirt unhemmed.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will be sewing this again, possibly with long sleeves as an autumn/winter dress to wear with boots and thick tights.
This is a great pattern, I love it!