Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lady Skater Pattern Tour: Skater to the Max!

I'm so thrilled to be participating in the Lady Skater Pattern tour! I can't even express how much I love this pattern, both in the adult and kids size ranges. I've made 13 of them! The pattern really is the perfect blank slate. I decided to make this one into a maxi.
Hot Pink, of course. The fabric is an ITY from FabricMart. Just right for a slinky dress.
It didn't take much altering to achieve this look. In fact, pretty much all of the changes are to the skirt. The bodice is sewn exactly per the pattern, although I did omit the sleeve bands and simply hemmed the sleeve.
To make it a maxi, I lengthened the skirt so that it just brushed the floor when I'm not wearing shoes. I tend to hang around my house barefoot, and I didn't want to step on it. I also slimmed the skirt to more of a column shape, using the same method you would use to make it a peplum, except overlapping the pattern at the slashes, instead of spreading it apart.
Of course, a column skirt doesn't leave much room for walking, and I have a long stride.
So I added a center back seam, and inserted a triangular godet from the knee down. It gives the dress some back interest, as well as providing needed walking ease. I used Brooke's great tutorial to get a perfect point at the tip of my godet.
With the addition of the godet, this dress is surprisingly practical. I can do all of the things a busy mom has to do, while still feeling fab.
In fact, I think I'll make a dozen more!!

Well, what are your going to make with the Kitschy Coo Skater Dress pattern?
If you need more inspiration, make sure you are following along with these fabulous ladies!

23 comments:

ladykatza said...

Lord love a duck, woman! You are amazing, and beautiful.

prttynpnk said...

This is swanky and fabulous- love the godet part- great innovation.

Uta said...

Gorgeous, Katie! And the pictures are fabulous!

Lori said...

You do look fab in your new Skater dress, great job once again.

Heather B said...

Lady Skater Goddess, bless me with your hot pink power! This is awesomeness incarnate.

threedresses said...

Drooly drooly... Can I have your number?

Karin said...

Perfection! Heather is right, you look like a goddess in this.

Sarahbelle said...

LOVE IT!!!!

Especially do I love the back godet insertion -- I have altered numerous skirt patterns that way, myself. It gives a beautiful back view.

Ngoc said...

I am archiving this post so I can copy your dress, exactly as it is! :)

Heather Lou said...

Hey mamacita, try and pipe down the babeliness okay? Cause car crashes in that dress. Making me want one of my own.

Tanit-Isis said...

Gorgeous! The back godet is the cat's meow! :D

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous, and practical at the same time.

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Love the back godet, I am totally stealing this idea.

House of Pinheiro said...

That's exactly how I want to make the pattern for my mom.. She loves maxi knit dresses with cap sleeves.. I'm so glad you shared about the godet. I was wondering how I was making the skirt more walk friendly

Brooke said...

I'm so glad you found my tutorial helpful - your godet looks perfect! Love the bright color you chose! It's a beautifully simple look. =)

Jill said...

Katie!! My heavens woman! You are a knock out and this Lady Skater is perfectly suited for your kind of lovely! Great job!

la inglesita said...

WOW!! speechless...
you´re amazing!!!!

María

LLADYBIRD said...

This is AMAZING!!! Looks stunning on you!

gwensews said...

Wowza!

Marjie said...

Love the color with your dark hair! The godet is a great addition to the dress; you don't need to be running after 3 kids with the mincing little steps you'd have to take in a columnar maxi dress. This pattern has served you well indeed.

EmSewCrazy said...

Wow! What a vavavoom mommie!

The Hojnackes said...

Great dress!

Cation Designs said...

Hello hotness! I love that it looks all columnar, then surprise, there's a practical but gorgeous godet in the back! I'm going to have to steal that!