I am back with a Lady Skater dress that was completed 2 weeks ago. First of all, I was very reluctant to buy this pattern because I already had Moneta. On impulse after seeing this in the Boden catalogue I went for it.
It has an interesting construction that is completely different to Moneta. With Moneta the bodice and skirt are completed before attaching at the waist. Contrast with Lady Skater where the front and back of the dress are made up first. The sleeves are sewn flat then one great long seam from hem to sleeve hem.
The shoulder and waist seams are stabilised by clear elastic which also keeps the waist from drooping. Attaching the clear elastic was straight forward especially when I used a lot of wonder clips – clear elastic dosent like being pinned much.
The instructions are incredibly detailed. They leave nothing out! No assumption that you know all things associated with sewing with knits. Its all there so that if this is your first time working with knits you are sorted. I quite like that about the instructions. There is a quick instruction sheet for the more experienced sewer.
The fabric is lightweight scuba. This is my first time ever working with jersey scuba/scuba jersey? I love love love it! It washes incredibly well! You see how it looks in the pictures? Thats exactly how it comes out of the dryer! Plus its comfortable.
I am curious to see how it will perform once the weather really warms up. For now its perfect. I finished the hems with a simple zigzag and overlocked the seams. Scuba presses like normal fabric. I experimented with the heat setting on my iron – increasing it slightly until it burned the fabric. I found the optimal temp to be the same one for nylon.
I made a size 3 with no adjustments. The pattern sizing works well for me. Fit wise I probably need to do some sort of a shoulder adjustmnt because my shoulders look like they are slightly popping out. The back bodice looks like it will need a swayback adjustment.
Will I be making this again? Hell yes! I would like a stripe and a floral one. My little people love this dress because of the textured fabric. Heck I liked this fabric so much that when I went into town I picked up more scuba in red 😉
As always happy sewing everyone!
PS I believed that Moneta and Lady Skater were similar (interchangeable even) but how wrong I was! Do you prefer Moneta or Lady Skater or both? Or is there another awesome knit dress out there you prefer? Please share in comments below and feed my pattern buying addiction!