Kitschy Coo Skater Dress: DIY cerise pink lace skater dress
Back in August we went to Euro Disney and my 4, (5 in January), year old daughter picked out this cerise pink stretch lace for herself when we went fabric shopping in Paris. The lace needed underlining so I bought some cerise pink viscose/ cotton jersey and downloaded the Kitschy Coo Skater Dress pattern. I have previously made the adult size version of this dress for myself, and the little girls version is even more of a pleasure to sew as it tapes together so easily.
As mentioned, I underlined the lace with a lightweight jersey. Even though I basted the jersey to the lace, I obviously didn’t think about the edges of the cut fabric curling slightly, and discovered that I had to be careful when sewing pieces together, that edges were not left unsewn.
It all goes together so painlessly (unless you accidentally burn a hole in the bodice – I managed to salvage it!!) and my little girl is absolutely thrilled with it. Pink is her favourite colour, in case you were wondering :-)
I didn’t follow the exact sewing order prescribed as I inserted the sleeves flat, sewed up the side seams of the bodice, sewed the side seams of the outer lace skirt and inner lace lining (treating the lace outer separate to the inner lining), and sewed the lining and outer lace skirts to the bodice so that the lining of the skirt hangs free. BTW, looking at the photos the waist seam looks a little bumpy. I think it needs a good press.
This funky yet functional knit dress has a fitted bodice, high neckline and a curved flared skirt. With a generous cut, the dress is designed to be worn for up to two years per size, here the skirt hits at the knee in the first year and just above the knee in year two. There are options for a sleeveless, short sleeve and long sleeve version, with bodice pieces drafted specifically for either sleeved for sleeveless . It’s a perfect garment if you are new to sewing knits and very quick to sew up.
18m – 8y. I made a size 3T
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It tapes together so easily and is really an invaluable pattern to have in your stash. You can make it time and time again in so many different fabrics and it’s just so comfortable and easy to wear. No dislikes really.
Stretch lace underlined with a viscose/ cotton jersey.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
None really, other than I didn’t follow the exact sewing order prescribed as I inserted the sleeves flat, sewed up the side seams of the bodice, sewed the side seams of the outer lace skirt and inner lace lining (treating the lace outer separate to the inner lining), and sewed the lining and outer lace skirts to the bodice so that the lining of the skirt hangs free.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes.
My daughter loves it and that’s what counts.
Until next time….