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I’m a Lady Skater.

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Well, actually I’m not. Skateboarding is the one sport-on-wheels I’ve never really been able to figure out, but when I saw Amanda’s Grown-up version of The Skater Dress, I knew I had to have it.  Every tester photo I saw was super-flattering, so I held high hopes for my first foray into sewing someone else’s knit pattern for myself. I was not disappointed; in fact, this is my new Favorite Dress.

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I was so optimistic, that I chose a super-bold and crazy fabric I have been saving for the *perfect* project for nearly seven years:

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Aside: You may have noticed that I haven’t been sewing for myself lately.  It’s been a result of too-busy-mama and massive avoidance. I have mysteriously gained 50 lbs since December, and I haven’t wanted to shop or even measure myself for anything new.  In light of that, it was a bit of a risk for me to offer to post pictures of myself in a whole garment, and not just a close-up of my latest hair color. I didn’t want this post to slide the slippery slope of body image, but since the Lady Skater is something I feel great wearing – how about an endorsement for positive body image and a little boldness?

On with the review!

Amanda includes a full-on pictorial tutorial in the pattern and thorough measuring instructions.  I always read an entire pattern first, and I wanted to give you a balanced review so I read in detail instead of skimming (for once).  WOW.   The Lady Skater is a veritable primer on sewing with knits, or sewing for yourself, or both.  The instructions are thorough, full of details and fully illustrated in step-by-step annotated photos, which makes it an excellent beginner pattern.  That doesn’t mean it’s just for beginners, though. The Lady Skater has some nice construction details and a beautiful fit.  Also, it came together like a dream.

Based on my high bust measurement, I decided to cut a straight #5 with 3/4 sleeves.  The pattern is easy to put together and easy to follow along your size if you print in color (I did).  I even took a chance and used the sleeve cuff and neckband pattern pieces.  Usually I cut those after – just to make sure – but it felt good to follow the pattern and have everything work out without any tweaks.  I did make a single change, and that was to lengthen the skirt by 4 inches, in order to still reach my knees after skimming around my ample (let’s go with that benign term, ‘mkay?) hips. Again, I simply followed the instructions included in the pattern. Do I know how to do this already?  Yes!  But what kind of review would I post if I simply used my own tricks and didn’t actually follow the pattern instructions?

One more little detail I added was a scalloped edge on the hem and neck and cuffs.  (You can find out how by visiting RaeAnna’s tutorial and scrolling down for the specific settings to achieve this effect.)

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I can’t recommend the Lady Skater highly enough. Not only does it come together perfectly, and I mean Perfectly, but Amanda also has some awesome Bonus Content  on her blog.

I’m going to make another one today, because as much as I love this print, I think folks might notice if I were to wear it multiple days in a row, don’t you think?

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  • RaeAnna July 8, 2013, 12:22 pm

    I don’t care if you don’t skate……you are a ROCKSTAR! :) Your review makes me want to sew one for myself! :)

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    • Karen July 8, 2013, 12:26 pm

      Do it! You will not be disappointed!

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  • Alyssa July 8, 2013, 12:48 pm

    I love this dress!! And the fabric!

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    • Karen July 8, 2013, 12:55 pm

      Thanks Alyssa! I’m making on for Ella soon!

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  • Katie July 8, 2013, 12:52 pm

    Lovely!! It fits beautifully and that fabric is too perfect. Love the picot hem treatment too. So pretty.

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    • Karen July 8, 2013, 1:07 pm

      Oh I cannot believe I forgot what the treatment is called. Tricot. Thank you! I guess since it’s a knit fabric, I have a tricot pivot!

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  • Veronica July 8, 2013, 1:03 pm

    Looks amazing on you! I made a Lady Skater, too, weeks ago, but have yet to blog about it. I have had another one cut out and need to sew it together this week. Love how the dress matches your hair!

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    • Karen July 8, 2013, 2:14 pm

      Veronica, the match was totally unintentional! I must have a pretty solid subconscious idea about my color palette!

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  • Sabra July 8, 2013, 1:18 pm

    Love the hair and the dress!

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    • Karen July 8, 2013, 2:14 pm

      Thanks Sabra. It’s totally my natural color.

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  • Cindy July 8, 2013, 2:04 pm

    Love the dress in that fabric! It looks fabulous on you.:)

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    • Karen July 8, 2013, 2:12 pm

      Thank you! Now I’m looking all over for funky prints!

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  • Kitschy Coo July 8, 2013, 3:18 pm

    You look absolutely amazing! The fabric, the fit, the finishing, and yep- your rocking body :) Thanks so much for participating and for your very kind words about the pattern.

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    • Karen July 8, 2013, 6:27 pm

      They are true words, Sister! I’m honored to become a stark-raving-fan and that you included me in your blog tour!

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  • Jill July 8, 2013, 3:22 pm

    That is fabulous!!! That little scallop treatment is a great addition. May have to try that out on my next (3rd) lady skater. It really is the perfect pattern.

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    • Karen July 8, 2013, 6:27 pm

      I agree, I love it so much.

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  • Stef July 8, 2013, 4:19 pm

    LOVE this, Karen. You look beautiful! I think you picked the perfect project for that fabric you’d been saving!

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    • Karen July 9, 2013, 12:26 am

      Thank you! I just love it, too. I received so many compliments today out and about. That is the sign of the right fabric, for sure!

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  • Jodi July 8, 2013, 5:31 pm

    You are a gorgeous woman and that dress suits you to a “T”. :)

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    • Karen July 9, 2013, 12:27 am

      It will suit you, too, when you’re done nursing!

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  • Yvonne July 8, 2013, 7:16 pm

    Seriously you look amazing in this dress. It is a flattering pattern/color. You make me want to be brave and try to make one myself.

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    • Karen July 9, 2013, 12:22 am

      You should totally do it. I’ll hold your hand!

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  • Jessika July 8, 2013, 11:08 pm

    You are one hot mamasita dear friend, don’t let that meanie in the mirror ever tell you anything different. That dress is gorgeous but mostly because you are wearing it :)

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    • Karen July 9, 2013, 12:23 am

      You make me blush! I do seriously love it. Many more in the making (maybe I’ll even make one for you!

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  • Heather July 8, 2013, 11:14 pm

    love, Love, LOVE the neckline!! Fantastic job!
    ~Heather

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    • Karen July 9, 2013, 12:23 am

      Aww thanks Heather!

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  • Melissa July 9, 2013, 1:04 am

    You look awesome!

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  • Kimberly Kling July 9, 2013, 8:10 pm

    Karen, you look absolutely gorgeous in that dress and I also love your new hair color!!! And I agree with RaeAnna, even if you don’t skate, you look totally rockin’! The colors in that dress are also perfect for you. :)

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  • Citlalli July 10, 2013, 4:09 am

    Karen,
    I am loving that dress; the fabric is just right, and you look marvelous in it!
    I know exactly what you mean when you say you got the fabric in hopes of finding the perfect project for it :]
    I have a confession though, I have never followed a pattern; they’re a bit intimidating. I have tried, but either end up putting it away and telling myself I will eventually come back to it, or I just pull out a well fitting garment and go with that. Is that bad? I might just have to get brave one of these days…

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  • Joy July 12, 2013, 7:38 pm

    I love your version! Such a great fabric.

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  • Helene D. Hendricks July 19, 2013, 4:43 am

    Had I started with my high bust measurement, the shoulders wouldn’t have been massive. The top would have been snug in the bust, but would otherwise have fit reasonably well. I know several people responded, either here on on Twitter or Facebook that they actually got a really great fit with Big 4 patterns, using a minimum of alterations. I know for myself, I’ve gotten comfortable enough with the Big 4 draft that I know generally what alterations I will need, and can make them on the tissue pattern as I trace. A new fit model would mean that those of us that are comfortable with the Big 4 draft would have to learn an entirely new set of alterations. Something to consider, to be sure.

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  • Layla July 22, 2013, 6:25 pm

    What an inspiring job you did :)

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  • kim odell September 30, 2013, 10:52 am

    love your blog! and your seven year hoarded fabric is the bomb! <3

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  • Jo November 23, 2013, 5:08 am

    Thank you for this, I just bought this pattern and was really hoping to see it on a more rounded figure. I too have gained a lot of weight in the last year, but now I feel like this will look great on me :)

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