Monday, August 17, 2015

Kitschy Coo Lady Skater

Well, it's been the summer of party dresses and I have a few more to show you. This one is the Lady Skater Dress from Kitschy Coo and it's another win. 

It's a knit dress with a fitted bodice and flared, skater-style skirt. I love the way it's nicely fitted at the bodice, and the waist seam brings it in and defines the waist, which works really well for me. The neckline scoops just low enough, but wears comfortably. Even with lots of movement I never felt like it was revealing anything it shouldn't.

 The fabric I used was a ponte fino, the same type I used for my Davie dress (blogged here). I liked it so much I got more. The ponte is a rayon-heavy blend that makes it really soft, has a great drape and a subtle sheen. It's easy to sew and can be dressed up or down.

I made only minor tweaks to the pattern. I shortened the bodice by an inch, which is normal for my petite self. And I cut the sleeves off at elbow length and didn't use a band (pattern includes cap sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, and long sleeves). I didn't have to do a swayback adjustment, which I often do. All told, I think this is a great pattern for my body type, and probably most others.

I love that this style will go easily from day to night to weekend. I would wear this all the time. By the way, these pictures were taken after I had been wearing the dress an entire day. An entire day while I chased toddlers, ran around, laid down, and did all kinds of other things. And it still looks pretty good.

I made this dress with plans to wear this to a rehearsal dinner coming up. But I know I will be wearing this a lot more. I envision wearing it all the time. Work, church, date night, and even everyday wear. By itself in the summer and with a cardigan and boots the rest of the year. With the right accessories, it can go anywhere. Do I sound excited about this one? Well, I am. I heard all the hype about this pattern for a while, but now I get it. I want to make a few more in other fabrics, too.

Fabric: Navy Ponte Fino

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Oliver and S Fairy Tale Dress

I have to say, I kind of love this Oliver and S Fairy Tale Dress I made for my girl. Isn't it darling? I was tired of having nice dresses for her that just didn't quite fit. She is skinny so all of her dresses are either very loose or, if they are sized to fit in the width, they are scandalously short. And we know that scandalously short is no good! So what does a good seamstress do? Make my own. Check it out.

I used the Oliver and S Fairy Tale Dress pattern. I made this one a size two in the width, but added length to make it the length of the size 4. I guess I will have to make more because none of her other dresses fit this well.

Oliver and S are known for having great patterns, full of classic details, nice finishes, and great techniques, and this pattern was no exception. Sometimes the price tag on these patterns can be a turnoff, but for a fancy party dress like this, I think it was worth it. I expect I will make this pattern several more times before she is grown. And if I had a really formal occasion, this would make a really great dress. Wouldn't it be great sewn up in a beautiful silk fabric? 

Since this was the first time I made the dress (yes, I did make a muslin, though), I didn't add all the details that are included in the pattern. (And because I think it's still great without all the extras.) I think the simple design shows off the fun fabric. The pattern does include options for a classic or modified peter pan collar, tulip sleeves, a back sash, and tubular waistband with a bow. So many possibilities. The instructions also include directions for attaching a layer of tulle within the skirt for added fullness. I didn't include that this time either, but I think it could be a great detail for a formal dress. I do love the fitted style and shaping. It even has small darts in the waist for the bigger sizes for a better fit. 


 In classic Oliver and S style, the dress is almost as pretty on the inside. I'm sure most people that see her wearing the dress will not realize how nicely it's finished on the inside, but I was quite excited about it. All the seams are enclosed and everything is neat and tidy and stays in it's place. I'm sure some of my readers will appreciate it. :)

 The fabric is fun also. It's a quilting cotton from Riley Blake's Derby line. It was perfect for the summer party we attended in the Derby City! Plus my daughter loved that it was pink and had horses. She is not always easy to please, but she was happy with this.

Twirl your heart out, girl!