i really liked the way my gray floral sweatshirt fleece lady skater dress came out, so i decided to make another in a more summer-appropriate fabric:
this is a baby rib knit i got from fabric.com. i bought two colors of the same fabric: blue & hot pink. i think i originally bought them to make t-shirts or something, because i only had two yards of each. i decided to take a chance & see if i could eke a lady skater out of one color, & i probably could have, but i was kind of dumbass about cutting out the skirt pieces (i just folded my yardage in half instead of only folding the amount i required for the skirt width). i managed to cut out the skirt, the bodice, a pocket (my own addition–the original pattern is pocket-less), & one sleeve, but i didn’t have enough material left for the other sleeve or the neckband & armbands. i squeaked a second sleeve by angling on the bias, hoping that would mimic the original stretch. (spoiler: it totally worked.) i decided to cut the armbands & neckband out of the pink yardage, which i’d already used to cut a t-shirt (sewn yesterday, to be blogged soon), so i had plenty left over.
it wasn’t until i was almost done sewing that i realized using a different color for the bands turned this into a 90s-style ringer dress. & also that it matched my sneakers. that was totally unintentional. but kind of awesome!
fit-wise, i think this dress is too big. i cut a straight size 6 (this patternmaker has assigned non-conventional size numbers–this isn’t the sort of size 6 you’d be seeing at target), which fit great in the sweatshirt fleece. but that fabric was heavier & more stable, & this is a lot stretchier. i think i easily could have sized down to a 5. the waist sits a little low, the shoulder seams are a little droopy…but whatever. it’s wearable. i will almost certainly make this dress again, because easy breezy knit dresses are my favorite thing to wear all summer when it’s 110 degrees out everyday. next time i will just make sure to choose a size with the fabric stretch in mind.
the shitty thing about this fabric is that it’s really lightweight. like to the point of being sheer. the pink, which supposedly was the exact same fabric, just in a different color, is actually opaque. i held the blue up & asked jared if i needed to line it & he was like, “yeah, i can see your eyebrows through the fabric.” luckily i had some really lightweight black jersey in the stash that i didn’t know what to do with. it was also too sheer to be applied to its original purpose. but it’s great as a lining. it makes the fabric opaque without really adding any extra weight.
however, when i was basting the layers together, my thread got caught in a tiny groove on the spool, & i didn’t realize it had happened, so it was pulling my thread & fucking with my seam allowances. i wrote about this in my last post. it was a disaster & i was sincerely worried that i had destroyed my fabric. luckily, it was salvageable.
i added in-seam pockets to the sweatshirt version of this dress, but i’m kind of over them. i don’t like the bulk they add to the seams. so i drafted this quick patch pocket & lined it with pink quilting cotton i had in my stash. i enclosed one edge of the pocket into the side seam. it’s perfect for my fitbit, keys, & ipod.
i also added pink lace to the hem because, i don’t know. i’m an over-designer. there’s nothing wrong with a simple blue knit dress, but i didn’t want to just leave it at that. this lace was part of a huge bag of lace that my friend rebecca talked me into buying at the antiques mall. i had planned to include it from the beginning, but once the dress was done, i realized it tied in the armbands & neckband really well & makes the whole dress look more cohesive. plus it makes the hem really swishy & swirly, which i love!
jared’s review: “you look beautiful in blue.” ramona’s review: “mommy is wearing the blue dress! it’s blue! it has…it has…it has the PINK!”
i suspect this dress will get a lot of play this summer.
not relevant to the dress, but, ramona’s hair is now long enough for a ponytail: