Monday, January 27, 2014

Lady Skater

Hello from the Siberian Tundra!  Will this cold ever end? ever?
We have no school today and it's about -35° F with the windchills. Last night we enjoyed a blizzard warning with 60 mph winds. I seriously though the house was going to blow over!  We enjoyed it by watching the Grammy's and playing Uno as a family. It was a good time.
Tonight and tomorrow it is supposed to hit -50° F with the wind. YUK! I just got the message that school is closed again tomorrow.  It is nice to stay inside but the kiddos are getting bored! lol.

So, to escape some madness I retreated to my sewing room.  I had the lady skater cut out for the last two days now.  I only made one alteration for the first run. I adjusted for the square shoulder as I normally do.
I used a nice soft cotton jersey/spandex-y blend of fabric.  I didn't measure but we'll call it about 2 yards from the stash.

For the trial run it went well.  The instructions are super easy to follow.  The dress sews up pretty fast - I mean I started at 11am and was finished by 1pm.  I stitched each seam with my regular machine first, then serged.  My high bust is a 36" so I was between a size 4 and 5.  I traced a size 4 everywhere except the bust area - graded to a 5, and the hips on down where a size 5.

Here are the results:

Loose in the sleeves and bust. VERY loose/wide in the neck both front and back. 
Next time I will do my usual slope of 1/2" out of the necks
*note* I didn't finish the hem or sleeves - because of fit this won't leave the house*


As you can see, I need to do a swayback adj. in the next version. 

Overall I like the pattern I just need to tweak some fitting issues.  You will most likely see more versions at a later time.

Stay warm! And smile often. Here is your laugh for the day:

(oh, and yes, I do)

Stash used for this: 2 yards

Stash used in 2014: 8.5

~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~

19 comments:

  1. Great job on the dress.. You have the fit all figured out.. Love the blue on you.. SO pretty.

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  2. It looks really good. I like this pattern!

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  3. I'm really thinking you might be the biggest (stash) loser this month! Another 2 yards down!

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  4. I want to make this too, but the only thing stopping me is I cannot decide on a fabric to use! I'd like a print, but then I wonder if it will be too much on me. I do like your fabric; it's nice and soft looking. I guess I just need to pull out a solid from my stash and give it a go!

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    1. hahaha Shirley, It took me a long time to think what to use too. Thanks! It is super soft.

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  5. I think this pattern has a lot of potential for you. The front looks like it only needs the sleeves narrowing. Are you going to make it again?

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    1. Thanks Philippa, I do plan on sewing it up again - in an eggplant color

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  6. Btw can't believe those temperatures! Hope you're keeping warm xx

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  7. I also quite like the fit of the dress and the only issue visible for me are the loose sleeves and the sway back. Have you tried to tweak the fabric of the bodice in at the back, as the pattern instruction suggest? Maybe that would make the dress wearable for you, at least at home.

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    1. I haven't tried to tweak the pattern yet, but I do plan on it :D It's a lovely pattern

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  8. I guess we keeping sending our weather your way. Schools have been closed so often, it's getting ridiculous.

    Of my two versions of this dress, one was snug, and the other was loose. Silly fabric. Are you able to pull a fisheye dart into the back waist to rescue the back somewhat? BTW, your waist looks absolutely tiny! Overall, though, the fit doesn't seem bad, since it's essentially supposed to be a t-shirt. Who knows where it's "supposed" to be loose or fitted?

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    1. Stop sending it Joy :D lol, I need some warmth over here.

      That is funny on the snug/loose. My fabric is pretty loose and stretchy. Perhaps that is why it is looser fit. The fish eye dart is a great idea, I'll give it a go.

      My waist looks so small because my hips are so large ;-) LOL

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  9. This weather is ridicoulus! My college cancelled classes yesterday, which is shocking because they NEVER close. In the three years that I've been here, this is the first time they've closed for cold temperatures.

    Your Lady Skater looks great! Overall, it looks like the biggest thing you need to fix on the next one is the back. I think the fit really depends on the type of knit fabric too. It is one of my favorite patterns though! I find myself wearing a Lady Skater at least once a week.

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  10. I see you have a good oldfashioned Norwegian winter! And still you sew dresses! I admire your determination :) Your laugh of the day is priceless :D
    Warm thoughts from Norwayland

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    1. Thanks Siri! I wouldn't mind being in Norway lol. I'd love to visit there someday.

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