Remember the Skater Dress Pattern I was obsessed with for Ivy a few months back? The genius that is Amanda over at Kitschy Coo has released a grown-up version, and it’s equally amazing. The Lady Skater is designed for knit fabrics, as a one-piece, fitted dress. It’s adorable. For my Lady Skater, though, I made separates because I’m still nursing and didn’t want to have to worry about stretching out the neckline to pull The Girls up and out. So I shortened the skirt of the dress to make a peplum top, and then paired it with a pencil skirt in the same fabric.
I do wish I had waited a few days before making my peplum version. Amanda did three peplum hacks for the Lady Skater on her blog, and her third is absolute perfection. But I’d already used up nearly all of my fabric, and cut the peplum on my own, by the time she posted. Mine turned out alright but has issues at the bottom corners, where I’ve flipped it in because I’m so ashamed.
Amanda is like a knit-fabric magician, and her drafting skills are incredible. I cut the top part of the Lady Skater exactly to pattern, based on my measurements, with no altering. I literally gasped when I tried it on. The fit is insanely perfect and flattering.
The pattern has instructions for various sleeve lengths, I went with 3/4 length, as it is the most sophisticated of sleeve lengths. Or something. I didn’t use cuffs for my sleeves, but instead just turned under and topstitched. And I used a facing at the neckline rather than binding, just because I wanted things slightly less casual.
One really cool thing of note regarding the pattern, Amanda includes a “crib sheet” for more confident sewists. Her step-by-step pictures and instructions look really great. But I loved that all of the steps were also condensed into a nice little list of steps, all on one page, as another option. I’m usually a very visual learner, but this is a pretty basic sew, and I appreciated not having to print, or scroll through on my phone, each step for this one. So you have two options for the instructions: pictures and detailed instructions if you’re new[ish] to knits and/or garment sewing, or an abridged crib sheet if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous. Either way, the Lady Skater is a fairly quick and easy sew, with great end results.
It’s also a great jumping off point if you’re just looking for an awesomely fitting, perfectly drafted pattern for any knits-for-women needs.
And just for fun: Ivy watched me get dressed for the shoot, found a yellow belt, and demanded I put it on her (it wraps around two times). During the photo shoot, she kept sidling her way up next to me. It was adorable. And I just realized, I should have thrown one of her Skater Dresses on her!
Skater Dresses for all the girls in this family! Want to see more Lady Skaters? Of course you do! Check out this amazing line-up of Skating Ladies
You can purchase the Lady Skater Pattern HERE