I finally got around to sewing up a Skater Dress for Yuki. The pattern is by Amanda of Kitschy Coo and it is awesome! I’ve been meaning to sew one since the pattern came out but other things kept cutting in front of it in my sewing line. Well, last weekend was my mother-in-law’s birthday, and as a present, my sister-in-law had the great idea of getting pictures taken of Grandma and her 4 granddaughters at a photo studio. We wanted to coordinate their clothes and decided on gray and purple. Yuki didn’t have anything appropriate, so naturally I had to make something new 🙂
I made size 18M/2T for my petite 3 and a half year old. I was a little skeptical about going with a size meant for a kid so much younger, but I went with the measurement chart and it fits really well and will probably fit for quite awhile, especially since it’s made of a stretchy knit fabric. I already had this gorgeous fabric called “Silver Pin Dot and Charcoal Grey Cotton Lycra Knit” picked out for my first Skater Dress, so I’m glad it fit with the purple/gray colors we picked for the pictures! I bought it from Drygoods Design but they don’t have it anymore and I can’t seem to find anyone who carries it online anymore. Bummer for you! It’s so pretty!
As you can probably tell by the title of this post, Yuki LOVES this dress. In fact, she wore it three days in a row and would have worn it a fourth, but it was in the wash. Then she wore it again the next day!
I asked her what she loves so much about the dress and she said the silver dots and her silver shoes. The dots are definitely awesome, but I love the dress because it’s super comfy, casual and fun. I can imagine this dress would be perfect in pretty much any knit fabric!
I used a really pretty violet knit, that has a tiny bit of a shimmer to it, to finish the neck and arm holes. I actually bought this fabric to make something for me and I already have a Plantain tee cut out (I can’t wait)! I also have quite a bit of this silver dot fabric left over, so I’m hoping to make something for myself as well. Then Yuki and I can be twinsies! 😛
I do already have plans for at least one or two more Skater Dresses. It’s a really fast and simple dress to sew, and such a practical piece for your kid’s wardrobe. The pattern comes in four sizes, 18m/2T, 3T/4T, 5Y/6Y and 7Y/8Y, so I know I’ll be able to use it for years! Amanda‘s directions are great and she is really a master at sewing knits, so there are some great tips in the pattern and HERE on her blog. And I love the design of this dress – a simple fitted t-shirt like top with a semi-circle skirt. I really recommend this pattern!
Check out this ‘tude. I swear, this girl is 3 going on 13. Sometimes I feel like I have a teenager already.
Ooh, are you participating in Kids Clothes Week? It starts next Monday on January 27! I am looking forward to sewing along for the first time in awhile since I missed the last two. I haven’t figured out exactly what I want to sew yet. Honestly, there are so many patterns I want to make, but Yuki doesn’t need any clothes – she has tons already! So I’m a little stuck on what I should do. Have you made plans yet? I can’t wait to see what everyone makes – it’s always so inspirational!