The Lady Skaters

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Let’s talk some more about knits!

After cranking out a million Plantains (although let’s be real, I’m definitely going to be making more), I decided to dive into a different knit fabric project – the Lady Skater! I actually made a wearable muslin before I cranked these two out, which was incredibly useful because I ended up raising the waistline on the dress by 2 and a half inches so it would fall at my natural waist. I also omitted the armbands and opted to just fold them over and sew them with a long straight stitch.

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This version is made with a simple black jersey knit from Joann’s. It’s a pretty stable knit with a bet of thickness to it, so wearing the dress around feels a bit like wearing yoga pants, which is perfecttttt. The neckline is a little weird because I dooped and accidentally cut the neckband with the grain, so it wasn’t as stretchy and I had to add a few inches at the last minute when I realized it wasn’t going to make it all the way around.ImageThe other thing I learned from sewing my original muslin is that using elastic on the waistband isn’t really a suggestion, it’s MUST. Without the elastic the dress was a lot baggier around my waist from the get-go, but once I sewed it into this black version it really all cinched up quiet nicely and now I love the way it fits.

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So, recognize this fabric? Well I had a surprising amount left over after I made the cardigan Plantain, just enough in fact to squeeze out a comfy Lady Skater. I was actually surprised I was able to get the whole dress out of this fabric! The Lady Skater pattern is definitely a fabric eater with that circle skirt, so I wasn’t sure it would fit but it totally did and I couldn’t be happier about it.

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I really need to be better at remembering to take pictures of the side seems, because by some fabric miracle these match up! This is definitely a little sewing feature that I am starting to appreciate.

Now that I’ve mad some Plantains and a few Lady Skaters, I’ve got my eye on some of the other knit patterns out there (I’m looking at you Parisian Top and Out and About Dress). I’ve also got it in my head to remake a RTW garment my roommate has, which I think I can do if I alter the Lady Skater pattern, but we’ll see! I’m still documenting the backlog of garments I’ve made in the last 2 months, so those might come first depending on how easy or complicated I make things for myself. 🙂

Lime Rust Plantain

Woah! Took a bit of a break from my blogging for a little while – not because I haven’t been sewing, but because getting access to a camera and finding some time to take pictures has been surprisingly difficult. But! Now I have a camera of my own, and I am going to get back into this blogging business.

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This is actually the fourth or fifth version of the Deer & Doe Plantain shirt that I’ve made, but it is by far the most outrageous. I mean, that print! It’s a knit fabric I got on clearance from Fabric.com, and the picture on the website makes it look a lotttttt more subdued than it really is in real life. But I thought a crazy fabric like this might work well with a simple pattern like the Plantain, so here we are now. The fabric is… growing on me, I think. It’s pretty soft at least! I’m sure I’ll come around to the lime eventually, but for now when I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror I continue to be surprised about how over saturated I feel.

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As for that pattern itself, I LOVE it. It’s so simple to make, really a great project for anybody who’s nervous to start working with knits. I think I spent maybe an hour on the whole thing, start to finish! I sewed most of this up on my serger, but you really don’t need one for this project. I cut out a size small and it fits right out of the box. The scoop neck hits me at just the right height and the flair in the hips keeps it from being too snug and riding up like those $8 Target shirts tend to. And this pattern has really helped me overcome my knit-phobia.

I’ve sewn so much stuff in the last few months and I’ve got a ton more to blog about, but that’ll be all for now. Has anybody else found as much success with the Plantain as I have?