Not much to say about this dress… It’s Lady Skater (sort of) and it’s floral (very!)
This fabric is one of the floral pontes that I ordered from Fashion Fabrics Club a little while back. I asked you folks if ponte would work for a Lady Skater, and you assured me it would… and of course, you were right! This fabric has nice stretch and recovery, but it’s pure poly and will pill and fade quickly. In the meantime though, I’ve got a bright and comfy dress!
(Look, you can see my breath in the picture on the far left!)
The straight up floral on it’s own is rather a lot, but luckily I have plenty of cardigans and scarves in my wardrobe in matching colours to break it up. In particular, I’m excited the dress goes with this turquoise and coral embroidered scarf that I got in either Hong Kong or Japan years back. I love the colours, but I haven’t known what to wear it with. Now I have the perfect outfit!
I tend to prefer straighter skirts in winter, but the Lady Skater skirt has been calling to me lately. As long as it’s well above the knee I don’t feel too frumpy!
You can probably tell that the Lady Skater bodice has been seriously shortened here. When I dug out the pattern I found the pieces I’d adjusted for this babydoll version last winter. I added an inch in length when I cut this one out, but next time I’ll add a little more, especially in front. Can you see below how the waistband is curving up in front? Gotta give the ladies more room!
Speaking of the waistband… uhhh, obviously, I added a waistband! In the end, I accidentally used the strips I had cut to be the neck binding instead of the slightly wider ones I had cut for the waistband… but whatever, it worked. The front is piped with black fold-over elastic to give some definition. I was running low on FOE, so I skipped it on the back.
Anyone else have a Lady Skater planned this winter? I remember the pattern was everywhere last year… naturally, newer patterns have taken over a bit, but this one is such a comfy classic!
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