I have become a big fan of Amanda from Kitschy Coo. She sews the most fabulous kid clothes in the absolute most amazing knits ever. When she started posting teases of her Skater Dress pattern, I totally asked her if I could be a part of its release. Amanda took pity on me and let me join in on the tour. So I sewed a Skater Dress for Ivy. And then I quickly followed with another two.
The Skater Dress is genius in its simplicity. Amanda’s design is flawless. Every pattern piece lines up perfectly. The curve of the bodice and the flare of the skirt make the perfect play-dress. I love working in knits, and do so as often as I can. But if you are new to knits, The Skater Dress is the place to start. The instructions are clear, the pictures detailed, and everything comes together easily. And,most importantly, the end result is crazy-adorable. If things go as planned, I’ll be adding at least two more to Ivy’s wardrobe in the next few weeks. For now, let’s talk about the Skaters I have made.
First, the Classic Skater.
First, I made a short-sleeve skater out of a retro-print jersey knit. I love that the cut of the Skater Dress not only allows for growing room, but for layering. We’ve been mostly doing long-sleeved tees and leggings underneath for the past few weeks. But with warmer weather, we’ll be shedding the layers and Ivy can rock the Skater Dress all spring and summer long.
And then I made a long-sleeve Skater.
The pattern has short-, long-, and no-sleeve options laid out in full detail. Seriously, so versatile and crazy-quick to sew up. You could totally outfit your kid for a year with nothing but Skaters. I just may end up dong that. I kind of love this pattern. Like, a lot.
Anyway, long sleeve Skater. I used a French terry in a fun rainbow print.
I wanted things a bit more fitted this time, so I graded all the pieces down a bit more. But I don’t have a great picture of the full long-sleeve dress. I did have some pictures, but not so much right now. See, our computer crashed not long after our original photo shoots with the dress. I had to kind of scramble to get more pictures, and tortured Ivy with a marathon session of wardrobe- and hairstyle changes to get all her Skater Dresses photographed in action. We got to the long-sleeved version last. And Ivy was pretty much totally over the whole thing by that point.
But if you check out that top collage, there’s a full-action pic, captured and saved, from our original shoots. So scroll up, and then come back because I want to show you my favorite Skater so far!
Did you see? Cute fit, right? I love how the skirt flares out with the slightly heavier fabric.
Okay, so short-sleeved, long-sleeved, and the pattern also provides a sleeveless version, that I have yet to get to. But I will, trust me. But for now, I decided to play around with the pattern a bit.
I love how simple the Skater Dress pattern is. It’s perfect as is, so easy and fast to sew together. But also, its simplicity is a total blank slate to add whatever else you want. If you click through the stops on the tour, it’s so fun to see all the fun, unique details people are adding to their Skaters. For Ivy’s third Skater, I added a little kangaroo pocket there in the front, and then a fun little snap-placket at the neck…
I thought I was so clever. And then Meg from Elsie Marley posted her Skater and she totally did the same thing. And then I *knew* I was clever, because that Meg is a total genius, and we had the same idea!
It’s no secret I love to sew for my kids, and I’ve made a lot of their clothing. If I had to pick one pattern for my daughter to sew from, it would be the Skater Dress. With the knit, it’s casual and comfortable enough for every day playing. It’s ridiculously easy to sew, coming together quickly and easily. The size ranges are fantastic, with a fit that is designed to last through multiple seasons and growth spurts. And the options, both provided in-pattern, and what I can come up with using the pattern as a starting point, keep me interested and add variety to Ivy’s wardrobe. Want to see more Skaters and be further convinced? Check out the rest of the stops on the Skater Dress Pattern Tour.
You can buy the Skater Dress pattern HERE!