September 22, 2014

Lady Skater Hype Train

.....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!

6 comments:

  1. I think you might have to shorten the bodice and lengthen the skirt as it looks like you have a high waist! I was reading the blog of the lady who made this pattern and she mentioned that people might have to shorten or lengthen the bodice depending on where their actual waist is.

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    1. Hmmm....I've always thought of myself has having a long torso, but you're right, it does look like that in these pictures!

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  2. I had to lengthen the bodice a tad in order for it to hit my natural waist. I never though of the seam in the middle -- I used a busy sweater knit so it it hard to see...

    Throw on a lab coat and you can wear it to work! ;)

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    1. Oh it's definitely good enough for work! By virtue of it not having holes in it, it's automatically better than 75% of my work clothes. True story: An undergrad at my internship this summer asked me why all the chemistry TA's dress like they're homeless.

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  3. I'm with you on not liking seams at my waist, I'd be wearing a belt to hide that too. I agree with Kay that you might want to move the length around a little, it does seem like there is potential to the dress. I suppose the question is really how happy you feel if it's worth the effort to try again?

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    1. I think it's going into the "incubate" stage right now. I'll move on to other patterns, mess around a bit, then see if I feel like coming back to it. I'm actually hoping to make some woven dresses with similar styling, so it might become obsolete if I like those better.

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