Mrs. Singer is my able stand-in for this photoshoot as my fabulous photographer (aka Mr. G) is feeling under the weather and I have a pimple the size of Jupiter on my face which makes me feel a bit conspicuous. A lot like this, actually. But, on to the dresses!
I am a bit late to the Lady Skater Party, but I am so happy with this pattern! Normally, I avoid PDF patterns like the plague due to all that taping (argh!!) but this one wasn't too painful and was definitely worth it. Version 1 is a fucshia ponte de roma knit I picked up earlier this year for a song. I intended this dress to be a wearable muslin and I am quite happy with the end result.
I do need to move up the waist a titch, as I tend to be a bit short-waisted, but the way this fabric draped and clings in the right places accentuates my waist, which makes me happy. As well, I have gained a bit of weight through the spring and summer which has made me a bit more curvy than normal; an unexpectedly pleasing result (not to mention insulating for the upcoming cool weather - LOL!)
I made the 3/4 sleeve version to keep me cozy and I simply zig-zagged the neckline, waist, and hem as my twin needle does not want to co-operate. It's my first time sewing with ponte de roma fabric and I am completely smitten! It is more stable than traditional t-shirt weight knits, is lovely and soft, and drapes beautifully. I am very happy that I had the foresight to pick up more of this in red and teal.
My second version is in a pretty pink-on-pink stripe knit that I picked up from Girl Charlee. I do love the plethora of printed knits available at Girl Charlee; however, this one was described as a t-shirt weight knit when, in fact, it is lighter and slightly sheer. It has worked out fine, though, as Mr. G says you can't see my underpants when I wear it (an important consideration!). I raised the waistline one inch on this version, but it still falls slightly below my natural waist.
Am I going to continue to fiddle with the waist on this pattern? Probably not. It doesn't bother me enough to tinker with it further. The beauty of making knit dresses is that they look well put together enough to wear to work but they are as comfortable as a pair of pyjamas! Plus, they are cool enough to wear in the spring and are easily worn with tights and a warm slip in winter.
Did I bother overmuch to match my stripes? Not really! They did match up along the side seams, which was really what I was after and it doesn't really bother me that they are misaligned along the neck. The elbow-length sleeves are an ideal length for me as I can pop on a cardigan easily.
So, that's two more items to add to my FESA list. I am currently working on my own Eiffel Tower dress that is a copycat of two of the Queen of Dresses', Roisin's, Il Fait Chaud and Dolly Holiday dresses.