I plan to sew up a dress version as well, but for this make I re-drafted the skirt piece into a peplum using this tutorial, For some reason my peplum came to really long points at the sides, but it was easy enough to fix – I just used my rotary cutter to adjust the curve, taking off about three inches at each side.
I bought this really lovely, lightweight jersey at The Common Thread during the Austin Fabric Shop Hop a few weeks ago. The Shop Hop was a lot of fun, and I found out about some fabric stores that I didn’t even know existed! My husband went along with me too, and chose a couple fabrics for shirts that you’ll be seeing soon.
I’m still totally in love with my serger. So quick, so easy, so professional-looking. This shirt only took a few hours to make, even including drafting the peplum piece.
I found that attaching the collar band while the shirt was still flat (as per directions) was a lot easier than adding it after both the shoulder seams were sewn, which is the way I’d always done it before. Same thing with the sleeves and sleeve bands. Sewing in flat always seems to work better for me.
I’m planning on lengthening the bodice into a t-shirt and sewing up a few more of these for summer! I can definitely understand why this pattern’s so popular now.
How many Lady Skater’s have you sewn? Leave me a link to them in the comments – I’d love to see what you all have come up with!