The Quest for the Perfect Knit Dress: Lady Skater 1 and 2

As mentioned in my previous post, one of the main things I want to make this season are knit dresses that I can just throw on whenever. This was actually one of the main reasons I wanted to get serger! I decided to try the Lady Skater by Kitschy Coo because there were so many great versions on the interwebz and it’s a shape I really like to wear and it goes up to my size!

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For my first version, I cut a straight size 8 from this adorable bright pink and white polka dot jersey from Girl Charlee. Over all I love it, and I’ve already worn it a bunch! There are a few things I wanted to alter though.

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1) I think the waistline is too low – it’s actually hitting me where I am the largest, so on the next version I raised it 3.5″. 2) Like pretty much everything I’ve ever made (I should probably have learned my lesson by now) I need a narrow shoulder adjustment. In the next version I did a 0.5″ narrow shoulder adjustment.

(Side note: I have been trying on wedding dresses and this narrow shoulder thing made all the straps/sleeves hit me in a weird place! I would have never known why things looked strange if I’d never started sewing!)

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I also have a lot of bunching in the back, but I hoped that will be taken care of by raising the waistline.

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For my second version, I used a jersey from Joann’s Fabrics. Along with the alterations mentioned above, I decided to try a drindl skirt. I really like that style and figured it would also use less fabric! It turned out a little weird though – I don’t think I gathered the skirt very well.

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I also didn’t think about the fact that raising the waistline to a narrower part of my body meant that I should also take it in a little bit. I’ll have to fix that next time! So this dress isn’t as fitted as planned, but it is still super comfy! I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of it this summer.

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I’m still getting a lot of extra fabric in the back, so maybe I need a sway back adjustment?

I will definitely be making more of these, although I think I will switch back to the circle skirt the patter comes with. The new Moneta from Colette Patterns has a gathered skirt so I think I’ll be trying that for my next one!

Overall, these are two simple and nice dresses that will continue to get a lot of wear, and they sewed up really quickly! Definitely a nice way to get back into sewing after a long break!

Until next time,
Karin

Anthropologie Knock-off T-Shirt!

So remember when I went into Anthropologie and didn’t buy this shirt (sold out!) even though I wanted it with all of my heart?ImageAnd I didn’t buy it because my friend kindly reminded me that I can sew, and therefore do not need to spend $60 on a shirt?  Well, I did it!

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Dots and florals!

I looked around for a while for fabrics I thought would look cute together, and I had this floral in my stash from Girl Charlee (they don’t seem to have the same one anymore, but here is one that is kind of similar).  Then my parents got me a gift certificate to Mood Fabrics (aren’t they nice?) where I spied this super cute tiny polka dot!

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Please excuse that expression, it was insanely bright!

The polka dot from mood is SO SOFT.  I love it and want to make all of my clothes out of this fabric.  The floral is really pretty, but not as soft.  Also, it didn’t stretch as much, so this may not have been the perfect first knit garment to make, because sewing them together was slightly difficult.

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For the pattern, I used the Scout Tee from Grainline Studio and I used Jen’s Knit Scout Tutorial to make this top.  I cut a size 18 – I didn’t realize how much ease was in the pattern!  I think it is actually a really flattering cut for me, though!  And I think that this size would work well even in a woven, because the jersey isn’t actually stretching when I wear it.  I think it would have been helpful for me to have made the woven version first just to get a little more directions, but overall the tutorial was great.  Although, I accidentally but the binding on the wrong way at first!  But being able to work though much less detailed directions reminded me that I am probably not a beginner sewist any more.  Hooray!

ImageThe only thing I am not 100% happy with fit wise is how big the sleeves are, especially in the back.  This might be partially my fault, because it’s very possible I stretched them while hemming.  However, I might try to narrow them a bit on the next one.  I might also do a slight narrow shoulder adjustment, although I think in a slouchier style like this, it isn’t a big deal.  Here especially you can tell that I had a hard time sewing the two fabrics together – because the sleeve was made out of the stretchier fabric, I got some waviness on the back.  Also, although I feel ok about using the serger, I definitely am going to mess around with both that and my sewing machine a lot more to figure out how to use a twin needle so it looks nice and how to get all the seams to look good.

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All in all, I am super happy with this shirt!  I can’t wait to make myself a bunch of knit tops, especially interesting ones like these, that I can wear everyday with jeans, as that is basically my uniform.

Until next time,

Karin