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Shimmery Lady Skater

January 2, 2016

Hello and happy new year to you all!  Today I am showing you a dress that is like, so 2015.  It’s a dress I made to wear on Christmas day.  I wanted to make something super easy, comfortable and flattering, but just a bit sparkly.  I bought the fabric from Minerva – it’s a black lurex Ponte Roma with silvery shimmer, and it’s quite a bargain at £6.99 per metre (I ordered 2m).



As you can see above, the shimmer really shows in electric light, but in daylight it’s more of a subtle effect.  There was a moment where I was worried that I might look as though I was wearing a bin bag, but thankfully I’m pretty sure I managed to avoid that.

On Christmas Day. I tone in with the in-laws' new kitchen!

On Christmas Day. I tone in with the in-laws’ new kitchen!

The fabric was lovely to work with.  It’s very stable.  It would make a lovely Coco dress!  As I already have a plain black Coco dress, though, I opted for the Lady Skater.  It’s the third one I have made as I really like the pattern.  My only gripe is the wrinkle from the underarm above the bust, perhaps indicating I need a full bust adjustment, but it doesn’t bother me so much that I would mess about with the pattern.  I just feel obliged to point it out!

Neck line, top stitched with metallic silver thread

Neck line, top stitched with metallic silver thread

I topstitched the neckline with some silver metallic thread and although it’s only a little detail I really like it.  I hemmed the dress is the same way as I have hemmed my other three Lady Skaters – with a tiny rolled hem on my overlocker.

Overlocker rolled hem

Overlocker rolled hem

There’s not much else of interest to say about this, so I shall leave you with my Christmas Day ‘selfie’ – because I know you all want a giant photo of my face – which I mainly took to show off my new ‘Mancunian’ necklace made by my friend Jody.  I was born in Stockport which is in the southern part of Greater Manchester, so naturally I think Manchester is the best city ever and I am proud to come from there, and always happy to visit our family and friends who still live there!




  1. January 2, 2016 3:48 pm

    Great necklace! And I like your shimmery Skater dress. I made myself one about a year ago and I love it. Happy New Year!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 2, 2016 4:03 pm

      Happy new year to you too ☺

  2. January 2, 2016 4:26 pm

    LOL! I think you escaped looking like a bin bag quite stylishly. 😉 Cute dress!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 2, 2016 4:31 pm

      Good to know, hahaha! 😃

  3. January 2, 2016 6:24 pm

    Love your skater dress; it looks great. The silver topstitching is the kind of detail that makes the difference between RTW and something we’ve made ourselves. I hope I’m not alone but it’s the kind of thing that excites me when I’m making somwthing 😁

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 2, 2016 6:28 pm

      Of course you’re not alone! I was pretty pleased with it even though it’s a small detail 😊

  4. January 2, 2016 6:26 pm

    I love the sparkly lady skater – its such a versatile pattern and I love the shiny ponte – glam and comfortable!


    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 2, 2016 6:29 pm

      It is a great pattern! Thank you x

  5. January 2, 2016 9:40 pm

    Groovy! I love that fabric. The Lady Skater is one of my favourite patterns. I’ve made 3 so far.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 3, 2016 11:42 am

      It is a great pattern!

  6. rosemary permalink
    January 3, 2016 10:32 am

    Love the little details – silver metallic thread and rollover hem. Looks great.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 3, 2016 11:41 am

      Thanks. I think it’s going to get worn rather a lot!

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