.....is not stopping here, unfortunately. At least not yet. The Lady Skater pattern was essentially the entire reason for buying Perfect Pattern Parcel #1. Then I remembered how much of a hassle PDF patterns are for me. I finally got this printed, trimmed, assembled and traced recently.
I have really been digging wearing skirts and dresses more regularly, so I really wanted my first Lady Skater to be a staple. This navy blue medium weight knit seemed to fit the bill, and I wanted to make the 3/4 length sleeve version to make it a little more wearable for Wisconsin.
Problems I have with it:
Fit at the waist: Totally not the pattern's fault, just that I have a huge difference between my waist and everything else. The problem is, I actually like leaving things a little loose in the waist to camoflauge some of the difference, but with the way this waist seam works, it really needs to be close to the body or else it goes all wonky.
Back view weirdness: This is half swayback and half me sewing the clear elastic to the wrong side and therefore stretching out the bottom of the back bodice more than was necessary. Again, it also doesn't hug my body so with the clear elastic in there it looks funny.
Too short: Also my fault. They told me it was drafted to hit at the knees for someone 5'5". I'm 5'7" so I should have added length. Duh. Although it did allow me to be extra lazy and leave it just serged at the hem because I didn't want to lose any more length.
The waist seam: This is actually my dealbreaker right now, I understand the logic of having the waist seam in this dress, but with absolutely no other seaming present, it looks weird to me. The BF who notices nothing clothes-related asked why I'd put the seam there, and it just bugs me. I thought I might be alone, but one might notice if one googled Lady Skater pictures that ~2 of 3 versions are worn with a belt. This is all personal preference, but I'm just not diggin' it right now.
In conclusion, this is a perfectly functionable lab dress, especially with a sweater worn over top as I'm likely to do anyway. But this is not a likely TNT for me as it stands. The waist seam means I'm not likely to do the tweaking needed to get it where it needs to be fitwise. Live and learn and onto the next pattern!