Hi! It’s been a while. Sometimes after not blogging for a time, it feels awkward to break the silence and get back to posting. So, rather than think about it too much, I’m just going to jump back in here with a couple of new dresses.
A couple months ago, I was getting ready to pack for a trip to NYC. Pretty last minute, I decided knit dresses would be a good addition to my travel wardrobe. Enter the Lady Skater pattern. This is another one of those patterns that has been around the blogosphere for a while, but was new to me. I’m sad I waited so long to try it. It’s a great pattern and was easy to sew.
I made two versions, one as drafted and one with a gathered skirt. The fabrics for both came from my stash. Unfortunately these are mystery fabrics because I can’t remember where I purchased them or exactly what kind of knits they are.
I also used clear elastic to stabilize the waist. It works, but sometimes when I move, the seam allowance folds down, and the clear elastic feels itchy against my skin. I picked up some thin cotton-ish elastic in NYC that I’m going to try next time.
ETA: Here’s a pic of the elastic I got. I think it’s really for bras, but I’m going to try it anyway.
The fabric is really stretchy, so the waist ended up sitting very low — even after I cut a couple inches off the bodice. It’s also clingy and wants to show every lump and bump.
I think I’m an official fan of casual knit dresses now. These are comfy and were great for traveling. I’ve definitely got plans to make a few more!