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My March Minerva Make – The Lady Skater dress

March 24, 2015

I have been meaning to buy the Kitschy Coo Lady Skater dress pattern for sooooooo long, after admiring it on so many other sewing bloggers.  I don’t quite know why it took me so long to get around to it, but I’m glad I finally did as I love my new dress.  The pattern comes as a PDF, which made me think twice before buying, but I was relieved to find it’s very simple to assemble and doesn’t use tons of paper.  It’s also a quick project to sew up: once I had assembled the paper pattern, I was able to cut and sew up my toile in just over two hours.

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The fabric is Ponte Roma stretch jersey in red and black dogtooth.  It is LOVELY and I want MORE.  It’s quite a sturdy knit, which I like, and it feels so smooth and soft.  It also comes in grey and black, tan brown and black, and a rather lovely royal blue and black, too, but of course I had to have red 😉

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Before I used the fabric, I made a toile in a size 5, using some plain purple jersey I got from The Man Outside Sainsburys (TM).  This is just regular single jersey – actually from the handle, drape and finish I’d say it was viscose jersey.  The dress turned out ok, but I wanted it to be a bit tighter.  It didn’t seem to hug my waist in the way that I would expect this style of dress to do.  I know that last sentence may make you think I’ve been replaced by an imposter, as I usually complain about things being too tight, but to me the bodice of this dress needs to be a snug fit.

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I think the dress looks nice with this jacket (the jacket was not made by me, unfortunately).  I have worn it a few times, and it’s ok, but I definitely prefer my dogtooth version, for which I retraced and made a size 4.  I think it’s miles better on me, but I’m open to other opinions if you have them!

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I don’t know if you can tell, but I haven’t hemmed either of these dresses.  I know you don’t technically need to finish the raw edges of knits because they don’t fray, although there’s still part of me that feels a bit naughty for not ‘finishing’.  But then I saw jersey skirts for sale in H&M the other day and they weren’t hemmed either!  Not that H&M is the pinnacle of high quality, of course.

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Perhaps I ought to get a twin needle and give that a try.  As it happens, I didn’t really want to take anything off the length of these dresses so that was another reason to not bother.

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I love the simplicity of this pattern.  I would recommend it to others although I’m pretty sure that I’m the last person on earth to buy it anyway?!  I’m sure I’ll be making more versions once I get my hands on some more nice fabric.  Thanks to Minerva for the supplies – they sent me the fabric, thread and some clear elastic for stabilising the shoulder and waist seams.  It’s the first time I’ve used clear elastic and I really liked it because it’s less bulky than other elastics.

And now I’m off to drink a cup of tea and maybe start a new book.  Bye for now!

13 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2015 9:35 am

    I agree, the fit of the red one is much better than the purple. Both look great though.
    I want to see something now! 🙂

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 25, 2015 1:41 pm

      Thanks for commenting! You should definitely get sewing!

  2. March 24, 2015 9:36 am

    *sew

  3. March 24, 2015 10:53 am

    You’re not the last person to make one! I planned to make one weeks ago and even got round to taping and cutting the pattern but somehow lost the momentum with it. God knows why because I really like the pattern. Seeing yours is a good motivation – the houndstooth looks fab

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 25, 2015 1:42 pm

      Thanks Kerry. I await your version with interest!

  4. March 24, 2015 11:13 am

    The red one is so lovely! You look amazing! 🙂 Best wishes from Toronto, Jana

    http://www.meandmyveritas.wordpress.com

  5. March 24, 2015 11:38 am

    Both look good and comfortable :).
    I still shy away from knits….maybe someday!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 25, 2015 1:42 pm

      In many ways knits are easier to sew!

  6. March 24, 2015 12:24 pm

    You look lovely in the dresses. Great shape for you!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 25, 2015 1:43 pm

      Thanks Neela! I need to make more, I’ve worn this one loads!

  7. March 24, 2015 1:26 pm

    They both look great but I especially love the fit of the red one. I was wondering if this still was too young for me but you have convinced me to have a go!
    BTW I’ve found a twin needle and some stretch iron on interfacing works great for hemming stretch without ending up with a wavy hemline. You only need to fold it once to keep down the bulk.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 25, 2015 1:44 pm

      Good tip, thanks so much!

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