Thursday, March 13, 2014

Perfect Pattern Parcel: Lady Skater Dress


Hello, darlings! Is it warm where you are yet? Spring has finally sprung here in Texas, which means it's time to break out the pastel dresses. For my stop on the Perfect Pattern Parcel Blog Tour, I decided to do just that: make a super comfy, super springy version of the Lady Skater Dress from Kitschy Coo Patterns. 

All of the patterns in Pattern Parcel #1 are gorgeous, but I have a soft spot for the Lady Skater. There is nothing better than wearing a dress that feels like pajamas. It's like playing a grand trick on the world at large - sure, I look cute, but I could do some emergency yoga in this outfit! 


When the lovely Jill and Rachael contacted me about supporting the inaugural Pattern Parcel, I jumped at the chance. Perfect Pattern Parcel is, quite frankly, a genius idea. For two weeks, you can buy five gorgeous patterns all bundled together at a price you name. Not only will your purchase support indie sewing pattern designers, but also a children's education charity. You get to look smashing, in your new makes, and do a good deed!  What's better than that?

Parcel 1 Collage

There are five women's sewing patterns included in this parcel, from beloved indie designers like Dixie DIY, Victory Patterns, Disparate Disciplines, Kitschy Coo, and Sew Sweetness. Each is expertly designed and perfect to take you into the warmer months of spring and summer. Personally, I have plans to sew up each of these amazing designs. There's so much pretty happening in this parcel, kittens!

As if it couldn't get more exciting, the lovely ladies of Pattern Parcel are also holding a fabulous giveaway on their Facebook page. There are over $200 in prizes up for grabs and plenty of gorgeous eyecandy, if you follow them. 

 

For my first project from the parcel, I couldn't resist making another Lady Skater dress. This aqua four-way stretch crepe was just begging to me made into a swishy dress. This cotton knit has a bit of terry-like texture, but breathes and moves like a dream. Even better, for the cuffs and neckband, I had a black floral jersey with perfectly matched aqua flowers. You know I can't resist adding a bit of floral to any dress! 



Just like my first Lady Skater, this dress fits like a dream. Knits are so forgiving, when it comes to fit, even if they have a tendency to cling. The only change I made to the pattern was lengthening the skirt by an additional three inches. At 5'8'', this is a common change for me. Inevitably, a dress meant to hit at the knees, will be at mid-thigh on me. In high school, that would've been a welcome feature, but now not so much! I probably could have raised the neckline a bit, as well, but I'm not that modest. The girls need air!


There's something about the color of this dress, which reminds me of Disney's Sleeping Beauty. I was always a fan of the blue ballgown, a la Flora's pick, so this color strikes a happy chord in me. This dress trumps hers, of course, because of all the comfy coziness. Knit clothes for the win! 

The details...

Things I Loved:
  • The cuffs and neckband! Long live pops of floral. 
  • The comfort! Seriously, y'all: pajama dress. 
  • The color! I live for a good blue, as y'all well know. 

Things I Changed:
  • Added an extra three inches of length to the skirt

Things I Would Change, If I Made It Again:
  • Nothing!

Tips & Tricks: 
  • I serged everything in this pattern, which made it a breeze!
  • Don't skip the elastic at the shoulders and waistband! It makes all the difference in a knit keeping its shape. 

Notions & Fabric: 
  • 2 yards of knit crepe 
  • Scraps of rayon jersey

If you're jonesing for more lovely frocks and tops, why not check out the other Perfect Pattern Parcel bloggers? There have been some gorgeous projects from this group! Remember: you only have one week left to grab these patterns and spread some goodwill. If you need some inspiration, just follow the tour: 

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