Archive | July 21, 2013

Kitschy Coo Animal Print Lady Skater Dress

Kitschy Coo Lady Skater Dress
Kitschy Coo Lady Skater Dress

Kitschy Coo Lady Skater Dress

I first saw this dress on Sophie, and then on Rachel, as part of the current Lady Skater Pattern Tour, and I knew I had to have it. This is a pattern from Kitschy Coo, available as a download only (I think?)

This is the first time I have used a downloaded pattern and all in all it was a pretty painless experience. The pattern itself prints over 22 pages and there are 2 sets of instructions included: a full step by step set, with photographs, and a more abbreviated version on a single sheet for those who know what they are doing. I used the full step by step set :-)

Kitschy Coo Lady Skater Dress

Kitschy Coo Lady Skater Dress

Kitschy Coo Lady Skater Dress

Kitschy Coo Lady Skater Dress

Ok, so the pattern comes in 8 different sizes. You select the size you want from your high bust measurement (30″ to 44″) and your high (natural) waist measurement (24″ to 38″). Theoretically there should be no need to do a FBA for this dress, although instructions are provided if you need to do some adjustments.

The instructions overall are very good. They instruct you to use clear elastic to stabilise the shoulder seams and waist seams. This is the first time I have done this, and it won’t be the last now I have done it once. The scooped neckline and the three quarter sleeves I chose to  make are finished with bands (I messed the bands up the first time due to my own stupidity so had to cut them off and re-do). Here’s an inside shot:

Kitschy Coo Lady Skater Dress inside shot

Kitschy Coo Lady Skater Dress inside shot

Kitschy Coo Lady Skater Dress

Kitschy Coo Lady Skater Dress

I know that animal print is not to everyone’s taste. But I like it, and in case you are wondering where I got this fabric from, it is this one.

Things I love about this pattern:

1. Love the skater style. It’s very flattering over the hips/ tummy area, but still gives a feminine silhouette.

2. Love the scooped neckline.

3. It is a really easy make. You could bash this out in a matter of hours.

4. I could easily see this becoming a year round wardrobe staple. Made in a heavier weight ponte or wool jersey in a rich berry colour and worn with tights in the autumn and made in cool summer stripes or a bright colour for spring.

The only fault I would have with this pattern is that the neck waist measurements are not provided – or at least the depth the neckline falls below the neck. I think the pattern is drafted for someone around 5’5″. I contacted the designer (Amanda), who very kindly replied whilst she was on holiday, and she said the neckline was around 2″ below the neck. So I ended up shortening the back by 2.5 inches, the front by 2 inches tapering to 2.5 inches at the sides, lengthening the skirt by 1 inch overall and doing a sway back adjustment of 1 inch. Next time around I will shorten the front by 2.5 inches and make the sway back around 1.5 inches I think.

Kitschy Coo Lady Skater Dress back view

Kitschy Coo Lady Skater Dress back view

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

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. In plainer fabrics the skater dress lends itself to a casual wardrobe staple that’s cute with sneakers, or snag yourself a fancy fabric for a knock-out evening dress. There are eight sizes included in the pattern, ranging from a 30” to 44” high bust, and a 24” to 38” high waist. It’s a perfect garment to make if you are new to sewing knits and very quick to sew up. The pattern itself prints over only 22 pages, and the tutorial takes two streams: a full photo tutorial with hints and tips for visual learners and a shorter crib sheet for more experienced garment sewers.

Pattern Sizing:

30” to 44” high bust, and a 24” to 38” high waist

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes. 2 sets of instructions are included: a detailed set of step by step instructions with photographs, and a single sheet of abbreviated instructions for the more experienced sewer. The instructions include instructing you to use clear elastic to stabilise the shoulder and waist seams.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

1. Love the skater style. It’s very flattering over the hips/ tummy area, but still gives a feminine silhouette.

2. Love the scooped neckline.

3. It is a really easy make. You could bash this out in a matter of hours.

4. I could easily see this becoming a year round wardrobe staple. Made in a heavier weight ponte or wool jersey in a rich berry colour and worn with tights in the autumn and made in cool summer stripes or a bright colour for spring.

The only fault I would have with this pattern is that the neck waist measurements are not provided – or at least the depth the neckline falls below the neck. I think the pattern is drafted for someone around 5’5″. I contacted the designer (Amanda), who very kindly replied whilst she was on holiday, and she said the neckline was around 2″ below the neck.

Fabric Used:

Cotton jersey

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I ended up shortening the back by 2.5 inches, the front by 2 inches tapering to 2.5 inches at the sides, lengthening the skirt by 1 inch overall and doing a sway back adjustment of 1 inch. Next time around I will shorten the front by 2.5 inches and make the sway back around 1.5 inches I think.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes and yes.

Conclusion:

If you want a figure flattering, feminine silhouette then try this out. You won’t regret it.

Kitschy Coo Lady Skater Dress

Kitschy Coo Lady Skater Dress

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