The Wardrobe Architect’s Skater Dress

admin Doughtys Fabric, Pattern Review 1 Comment

The Skater Dress is a really popular pattern and I can see why! I don’t know why it has taken me until now to make this (I’ve been a Simple Sew blogger for over two years!) but I’m so glad I finally did it!
I used this absolutely beautiful fabric from Doughty’s – it’s a Lady McElroy cotton lawn and is one of the most gorgeous fabrics I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I wish I had a whole bolt of this stuff! The colours are so vivid and bright, it’s really cheering me up at this drab time of year. Doughty’s have such a great range of Lady McElroy lawns, definitely worth a look if you have been after a particular print!

The Skater dress has a fitted bodice with bust and waist darts and back darts, elbow length sleeves and a full circle skirt. The neckline is a shallow scoop at the front and a deep V at the back. It is such a classic shape and is really simple to make.
In terms of fabric I think it’s a very versatile pattern and would work with cotton lawn, viscose, crepe or maybe even something more structured like a jacquard? That would give the skirt more volume, but may be a little stiff on the sleeves. I love that the pattern includes sleeves. I think there are a lot of pouffy dress patterns around that are sleeveless and it’s annoying when it is winter.

In terms of fit alterations, I added an inch and a half to the bodice length and it turned out the perfect length on me. I think the skirt is a tad short, but I am 5’8″ and have only recently been preferring my skirts a little longer. I’ll probably add 2 inches to the skirt length next time, but it’s not a dealbreaker for this dress.

I adjusted the bust darts to fit me and I’m so impressed by the fit I achieved. I’ve been struggling a bit to fit garments since having my second baby because my body has changed a lot and I haven’t accepted it yet. This make has given me some confidence though.

Overall I am very happy with this little dress and will be making a lot more. I love the bodice and think it can be easily paired with a gathered or A-line skirt for a more everyday dress. In a more evening-appropriate fabric this would be great for a formal night out too. I can’t recommend this pattern enough, it might be my favourite Simple Sew make yet!
Jenny x

Comments 1

  1. I’ve just cut out this dress and realise that the bodice is so short – not at all like the illustration on the front of the pattern. I may have enough left over fabric to cut another bodice a few inches longer. (I’m not a tall person – only 5′ 3″!) Also the first point of the instructions describes stitching the front an back facings at the shoulders – fine, but the picture does not correspond. The cutting layout required pinning most of the pattern pieces facing down. Not a major problem but I feel that there are mistakes in the pattern.

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