Sunday, 11 January 2015

Lady Skater Seagull dress

This is my second Lady Skater dress from Kitchy Coo.  Its a very straightforward pattern.  I cut a size 4 which is pretty much identical to my measurements, and this is pretty much straight out of the packet.

The fit is pretty good, although it's only when I see the photos that I think the style makes me look pretty busty!

I got the fabric from the Village Haberdashery, who have some funky knits (though this one is sold out now).  When I bought it I did think it was more of a duck egg colour, and it isn't a true grey.  What I don't like about it is that when stretched the white backing shows through.  You can probably see this from the neckband in the photo, where it is clearly lighter in colour.  It also isn't as stretchy as the other pontes I have used and the neckband could have done with being a little longer.

I also think I should have been a little more careful about seagull placement!!  I didn't really intend to have a flock placed just on my left-boob!

I made the short sleeve version because I wanted to wear it with a cardie in winter and I thought the short sleeves would be more comfortable, and this is indeed a comfy dress.  I would definitely recommend this as an easy to make, easy to wear pattern.

I've got lots of sewing planned; another tailored Gertie Jacket, another McCall's shirtwaister, a Camas jersey blouse, a crepe colour-blocked dress, a Deer and Doe Sureau dress, Ginger Jeans, to list a few.  I have all this fabric waiting and so I am desperately trying not to buy any more fabric or patterns until I've made at least 12 garments from my fabric/pattern stash!

What I also want to do is to try some new skills in 2015;

a lapped zip
more tailoring including pad stitching and using horsehair
welt pockets
making covered buttons
flat felled seams
attaching belt loops
adding horsehair braid to a hem
inserting a double ended zip
lining a skirt vent
making a waist stay
sewing a bias-cut garment
get more confident sewing with silk
Make a pair of jeans
Make a bra and pants
Make some really well-fitting trousers

I really want to improve the fit of my garments.  There are too many in my wardrobe where the fit isn't great, especially too tight in the bust.  I have got to crack the full-bust adjustment rather than just trying to put a little more fabric in the seam.

So I'm joining in The Little Tailoress' Fun with Fit series.  We are going to make a sloper using Butterick 5627, so I'm hoping I'll learn a lot!     Do you have any crafting plans?


  1. Oh Mags I love this! Looks fabulous on you too. x

  2. Thanks Jeanette, I know it's a style that suits you too!

  3. Love this so much - has a lovely, carefree, holiday vibe about it. I was kind of hoping we'd be seeing you on the GBSB this year - it starts next week, I just saw a trailer tonight and got very excited. xx

  4. Thanks Gillian, yes I guess I should be walking on a beach in it! No not ready for GBSB yet! I think the timelimits would be my downfall, really looking forward to it too. xx