To tell you the truth, I’ve never heard of Kitschy Coo before they released the Lady Skater dress pattern a few months ago. Every version of the dress that popped up around the net is looking so good that I couldn’t resist joining the bandwagon.
Here’s the description of the Lady Skater dress pattern from the Kitschy Coo website: “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 ¾ 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.”
I made the long sleeved version in size 2 with shortened bodice alteration of about 2.5 cm. My fabric is rather transparent zebra print jersey that I bought locally. The instructions are very clear and even come in two versions, one version with step by step photos, and the concise with only a list of steps. I think this is great because I can read the whole thing first and then use the list as a reminder along the way.
I also love the instructions to stabilize the shoulder seams and waistline seams with clear elastic. I think I’m going to use this trick the next time I’m sewing knits. Almost all the seams were done on my serger except for topstitching the neckline binding and finishing the hem. I use knit blindstitch setting on my sewing machine for the hem.
It was quite a quick project and I love the result! The skirt flares nicely and the fit is great. Too bad the zebra print fabric is rather transparent so I have to wear something underneath, but I can see more Lady Skater dresses in my future! Please excuse my shoeless feet in tights. I took photos in the tatami room so I couldn’t wear shoes except for some slipper boots. You can also see that I still have some leftover to turn Okowa into a zebra!