Scuba Skater Dress
A few weeks ago I went to London for the weekend to stay with my friend Vicky. Our main plans for the weekend were to go to a fancy gin bar, go fabric shopping, and do the Warner Brothers studio tour (i.e. the Harry Potter tour). We did all of those things and more, but what I want to show you is a dress I made with some fabric I bought that weekend somewhere along Goldhawk Road.
It’s a digital print scuba fabric. I’ve been seeing scuba pop up on a few blogs recently, and I was quite intrigued by it. I like sewing with stretch fabrics, particularly quite sturdy ones. When my eyes fell upon this vivid print, I couldn’t resist buying some! It isn’t as thick as I expected scuba fabric to be, and it has a lot more drape than I thought it would, too, which is good because it means it’s more suitable to wear.
I only bought 1.5m because I was fairly confident I would have enough to make a Kitschy Coo Lady Skater dress, and I did, just about. What made it slightly tricky was that the pattern repeat on the fabric is quite large and I wanted to align it nicely so that the centre of the pattern ran down the centre of each pattern piece. To do this, I had to trace out single layer pattern pieces, and in order to place the sleeve pattern in symmetrical positions, the sleeves were cut upside down (but you can’t tell!)
The Lady Skater is always a quick sew, and I was able to make the majority of this during my son’s naptime, with just the side seams to close and the hem to do in the evening. For the hem I decided to try a fluted hem on my overlocker, and I’m really pleased with the results.
I wore the dress to the Manchester Gin Festival, which was held at Victoria Baths, a Grade II listed Edwardian building housing three (now disused) swimming pools and Turkish baths. What an excellent and interesting venue for a gin festival! Naturally I had to have a few photos in these amazing surroundings!