It isn’t that often that I see fabric and know immediately that I will make a specific pattern with it. More often I have a general idea of things I might want to make and then see some fabric that might work or might become something else entirely.
The fabric is a thick jersey knit – a similar weight to ponte – it was called Viscount knit at Barry’s but I have no idea if that is a brand name. The fabric is very stable so the finished dress is quite close fitting. The fabric is largely poly I think, which wouldn’t normally be my choice but I decided to go ahead with it and it is comfortable to wear and was as easy as regular ponte to sew and press.
The print really isn’t my usual style (large and very floral!) and part of me worries that it looks like curtains or something and is a bit too much – this may just be pattern-averse weirdness on my part or it may be true but it doesn’t seem to have stopped me from wearing this in public.
I think everybody knows the Lady Skater by now? I cut a 4 in the bodice, grading out to a 5 at the waist and hips. I cut the length of the largest size. I didn’t make any shoulder adjustments and I haven’t felt as it if needed any. I made an initial unblogged version earlier last year in a cotton jersey and it is really straightforward to sew and I find it a flattering shape. My first version was fractionally too long in the bodice so I simply folded out about 2cm in the bodice pattern piece below the bust on this one. I also used the Lady Skater as the basis for the bodice of my Skater Princess dress since I liked the fit so much.
I had an idea of this dress with a big thick scarf and a snowy background – we still haven’t had any snow here so I have had to abandon that vision but the dress has had quite a lot of wear (with a thick wooly scarf) over this winter.
Anyone else think this looks like weird curtains? Or can you see the wintery appeal that it had in my head?