I’ve had this dress pattern by Kitschy Coo in my stash for quite a while and finally got the guts to give it a go. It’s not that the pattern is difficult by any means, I’ve just been putting off my foray into the world of knits. But after a couple successes (Linden and Hemlock) I was ready to give this comfy little day dress a try. Because honestly, I cant get enough of comfy little day dresses. I made quite a few adjustments to the pattern for which you can find all the details below.
So I made several alterations to this pattern. First, I shortened the torso of the bodice by about 2 inches. I already had a feeling I was going to want to do this based on the pattern images and what some other bloggers have said. I made sure to sew the bodice first, try it on, and measure how much I wanted to take off before I put the skirt on.
Next I COMPLETELY changed the skirt. I’m not a huge fan of circle or A-line skirts, so I cut two rectangles at the appropriate length according to the pattern and double the width of the bodice pieces to make a simple gathered skirt.
Then of course I added some side seam pockets (I feel you all know me so well at this point I don’t even need to explain the reasoning for pockets).
I also wanted to add a little peter pan collar which I drafted myself (inspired by Elle’s Day Date Dress above). I LOVE the way this little collar looks – I think it really adds to the dress.
Lastly I nixed the armband pieces in favor of a turned two needle stitch hem.
The fabric I used is this nice sort of dusty blue double knit fabric that I had in my stash. I’m a stash buster-extrodinaire lately! It was almost too thick for this project only because of the gathers. Other than that I like the sturdiness of it.
I painted the polka dots using a wine cork as a stamp and some simple craft paint. Some of you may recall seeing a snap of it on my instagram. I probably could have gotten cleaner looking results with a nicer paint but I wasn’t too stressed on it and I’m very much in a “use what you got” kind of mode. I also kind of like the way the polka dots aren’t completely solid and look a little washed out.I was inspired by Elle’s dress (above) to do the polka dots, but I knew I wanted them to be bigger – partly because of time and partly because I think big polka dots are a little more quirky. Originally I was thinking I would paint the whole dress but as I was going I got the idea to sort of fade out the polka dots toward the bottom and I LOVE how it turned out. This technique was so incredibly easy, and who doesn’t have access to a wine cork (or two or three).
Pattern: Lady Skater by Kitschy Coo
Fabric: Blue double knit from stash
Notions: 1/4″ clear elastic (I didn’t have any clear on hand so I just used white)
Adjustments: Shorten torso, eliminate armband, add peter pan collar, change circle skirt to gathered (dirndle) skirt, add pockets
Finishes: Serged seams, serged hems turned and double needle stitched
Time: 2 hours?
Sew it again? Possibly. I’d like to try it in a lighter fabric, but probably won’t get around to it again in a while.
Happy Sewing lovelies!
p.s. I’m trying out a new post format today! With all the pictures together and most of the info in one group, instead of all the info interspersed between the pictures. What do you think?
Good idea with the printed spots it gives the dress a little something extra. x
anna miller says
I love this! I am going to copy you. It’s the best form of flattery.
amy Powell says
Do it!! Be sure to tag me so I can see!!!