I've been eyeing up this skater dress pattern from Kitschy Coo for a while now. Not least because of all the gorgeous, funky prints available to make it in! Just one thing stopping me - knit fabric! I have never sewn with knit fabric before and by all accounts, it can be a bit tricky.
But I just love this easy style of dress for my girls. They are comfy, easy to pull on, wear, wash, and last for ages, since they can start at below-the-knee length, and get shorter as they grow, until they become a tunic top, to wear with leggings.
Then I had a conversation with Janet last week, about her Coco dress, and how easy she had found sewing with Interlock Jersey. Then I found this lovely 100% cotton interlock at Tissu Fabrics. I just couldn't resist the idea of a Coco in the big spots for me, and two little Skaters in little spots for the girls.
The Skater Dress is a downloadable PDF pattern, so arrived immediately. The fabric came very quickly, but because I'd chosen the paper Coco pattern (and I'm glad I did, because it's beautiful, but you can also get a downloadable PDF of that too) I had to wait for that, which meant the girls got their dresses first.
|Cut out and ready to sew.|
The pattern came together really easily and I had a lot of fun making these dresses. Aside from piecing and cutting the pattern in the two sizes, and a small issue of sewing a skirt piece on back to front, it can be done, from start to finish, in 2 hours.
That's if you didn't have to spend an hour 'servicing' your machine first of course. Really, you can't expect your machine to sew properly if you let it get like this!
|I really should clean my machine more often|
|Oops. That's not the right way round! Get the seam ripper out.|
Unpicking this seam seriously took longer than the entire rest of the project! Note to self: pay extra attention if you're sewing knits with a tight zigzag stitch. They are a sod to unpick!
Finally, the finished item. Evie loved it. Especially the twirly skirt.
|Modelling the finished article|
Love the cuff detail.
|Look at those lovely cuffs!|
And neckband trim. Just calling out for a contrast colour version I think.
|Look at my neck!|
Evie immediately requested a mini version for Lola. They love dressing the same.
I was worried it would be a little long for a crawling baby, but as you can see, it's the perfect length and doesn't get in the way at all.
|I'm not hanging around for photos Mum!|
I tried getting a picture of the front of Lola's dress, but you try keeping her still!
Watch out for the 'big girl' Coco version, coming soon!