Completed: A Stripey Lady Skater

31 Jan

Oh my god, you guys. I am so sorry to do this, but I’m about to dump another Lady Skater on y’all.

Stripey Lady Skater

Actually, you know what? I’m not sorry. This dress is damn cute!

Stripey Lady Skater

Since I’ve posted about this pattern a few times already, I’ll spare y’all the repeat drivel about my sizing and construction. I used this really amazing grey and white striped medium weight knit from Mood Fabrics – which has apparently already sold out (wah! I was planning on going back and ordering ALL THE YARDAGE), sorry guys! This ivory knit is the closest thing I could find, at least weight-wise, although it’s sold out too (and yes, I totally bought some of dat).

Stripey Lady Skater

Anyway, the fabric is fabulous and I plan on getting a lot of wear out of this little dress. I think it will make a nice backdrop to a variety of colors – I’m wearing it with red here, but I think it will look equally fab with yellow, or navy, or hell – even green. It’s super comfortable and the fabric does not wrinkle, which means this will be great for traveling*. Since, you know, I travel all the time and everything . Ah well, a girl can dream!

Stripey Lady Skater

This dress was also SUPER fast to make. I am not kidding when I say it took me an hour to assemble – and that includes cutting the fabric! Yeeeeah buddy, this is why I love knits!

Stripey Lady Skater

So, realtalk: this Project Sewn has been sucking up a LOT of my sewing time lately. Fortunately, we were given the challenges a bit in advance and encouraged to start as early as possible, so I’ve managed to knock out quite a chunk of my work over the past few weeks. Which means, less stressed Lauren – but also, less time to work on other things! So, unfortunately, this blog has had to suffer a little bit as a result.

I’m happy to say that the contest officially starts on MONDAY – so I can finally start showing y’all what I’ve been working on! Yay! I’m also hoping this will free up some personal sewing time for me, because I’ve been staring at my fabric and pattern stash and just been getting that itch.

Stripey Lady Skater

With that being said, now you know why I’ve been sewing up a lot of knits πŸ™‚ What can I say – they’re a great little palate cleanser when you want to work on something else but don’t have a lot of time to devote to it.

Stripey Lady Skater

Plus, I don’t know about y’all, but a cute knit dress is ALWAYS welcome in my closet! Expect to see more of this fabric… I bought 2.5 yards, so I’m hoping I can squeeze another top (or two!) out of the remaining piece πŸ™‚

Stripey Lady Skater

Now, can we please get the weather to warm up again so I can go back to not wearing socks? And maybe get some greenery back in my pictures as well, that would be nice!

Stripey Lady Skater

* Oh, hey, and speaking of traveling… I just booked myself a plane ticket for a weekend jaunt in NYC with my blog bestie/super babe Clare (AND I’M SO EXCITED OMGAH)!! I’ll be rolling in March 14 – March 17 (lucky Clare gets to stay a bit longer than I do, boo!), and I’m thinking maaaaaybe we should try to for another epic meet-up on Saturday 3/15? Who wants to go fabric shopping??? πŸ˜€


44 Responses to “Completed: A Stripey Lady Skater”

  1. johanna@projects by me January 31, 2014 at 7:07 am #

    A stripey knit dress! What’s not to love?!!!!
    About the weather…. I wish here looks like your place… We now have like 2 feet of snow and it.just.keeps.coming!!!
    Also very curious to see what you’ve made for project sewn!

    • LLADYBIRD January 31, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

      Ha! No snow here, but we did have some single-digit days this past week (stop laughing, I’d never felt 8 degrees before and I would have been more than happy to keep it that way for the rest of my life! Haha!). I think the worst is over, but it’s still cold and grey. Boo!

  2. Irene January 31, 2014 at 7:15 am #

    nice!!! and also about the weather, here in Holland it’s grey, dark, rainy and ‘autumny’ (this is probably not an english word…)..and you don’t have green stuff on your photo, but you do have sun!!! (or did you photoshop that?? :-)…)
    well, cute dress..i am new here, so i missed the other 7 of this pattern…;-), will start looking for them…

    have a nice weekend.

    • LLADYBIRD January 31, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

      Hahah, you got me, that was the first sunny day last week πŸ™‚ Now it’s all grey again, oh well!

  3. Rachel January 31, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    Meee! I missed the last one because I got sick and was so bummed. I’m that crazy vogue knitting live knit girl. I suck at sewing but I don’t care.

    I think this is my favorite of the lady skaters. I wish horizontal stripes would be my friend, but alas we’re just not meant to be.

    • LLADYBIRD January 31, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

      Yes! You better be not sick this time πŸ˜‰

  4. Claire (aka Seemane) January 31, 2014 at 8:28 am #

    This is gorge! Striped knits are one of my favs too πŸ™‚

  5. January 31, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    Nashville blogger…… You probably know her right?

    Sent from my iPad


    • LLADYBIRD January 31, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

      Oops, I think you accidentally a word there πŸ˜‰

  6. lifeisjustduckie January 31, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    I love this version! That fabric is gorgeous. I want to go find something similar and make my own. I can’t wait to see what everyone’s made for the competition. And we’re still covered in snow where I live, so your weather looks pretty nice.

  7. Breenah January 31, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    I don’t know which version is my favorite. Since I’m partial to grey and stripes, I’ll have to say this one. I LOVE this dress pattern, it’s perfect.

  8. zilredloh January 31, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    There’s a high probability that I can fly in for an epic meetup!!! πŸ˜€ THIS girl has never been to NYC, let alone shopping in garment district – I’m very overdue. Cheers & lovely Lady Skater dress, looks so easy to wear. πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD January 31, 2014 at 4:05 pm #


  9. tialys January 31, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    I’m with you on the multiple Lady Skaters. I’m even making some baby sized ones now.

  10. Rox Guillemette January 31, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    There isn’t a stripey fabric i’ve met that I didn’t like. It’s become a joke amongst my friends… Just have look at my blog and you will understand…

    Love your dress! Stylish yet effortless. I have one RTW that looks like yours and I wear it ALL THE TIME. I’ve wanted to make a stripey lady S for a while, but haven’t found my ideal fabric yet (red and blue!) Do you have any tips for matching the stripes on the skirt?

    • LLADYBIRD January 31, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

      I folded my fabric veeeeeerry carefully (to make sure the stripes actually striped all the way across in a straight line, and not off in different directions) to cut the first skirt piece, then for the second piece I just opened the cut fabric and laid it on top of a single layer of yardage so it mirrored. Does that make sense?

  11. Inclement January 31, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    Can you think of any reason why I’d get 404 errors when clicking through to your Flickr? I wouldn’t think it would matter whether I’m logged into my own Flickr or not (or even if I have a Flickr at all, for that matter). I just tried it on another blog I read and it worked just fine. o_0

    And yes, gray is terrific for putting with other colors. I have gray tile (with some flecks) in my bathroom and I LOVE it. Pretty much every color of towel looks great with it. Gray and pastel pink is one of my favorites.

    • LLADYBIRD January 31, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

      Oops, I’m sorry – that was from me privatizing my Flickr photos – I upload them in advance, but I keep them private because… actually, I dunno. I guess I just like to give surprises haha. I try to make them public when I publish a post, but I tend to forget. Thanks for the head’s up, they should be clickable now!

      I LOVE grey and pink, great suggestion!

  12. Aleksandra @ Liveaboard Takes the Suburbs January 31, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    Super cute! I’ve just been sewing up a lady skater myself — great pattern!

    Totally will try to join in on epic meetup. The drive isn’t super long and it was so fun last year! πŸ™‚

  13. carly927 January 31, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    I’d love to come another NYC meet up! (And your dress is great!)

  14. bmary January 31, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    Adorable! I’m a bit jealous πŸ˜€

  15. the other emily January 31, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    First, you never need to apologize for putting another awesome Lady Skater on the internet, for there is no limit to the world’s need for cute-as-hell striped dresses. There just isn’t.

    And second, you should absolutely organize another Garment District meet-up! I would love to come and meet some other sewists in a frenzy of fabric-hoarding-enabling. πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD January 31, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

      I’m working on it πŸ™‚ There is much fabric shopping to be done, yes? πŸ™‚

  16. mertxelasierra January 31, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    Lovely, lovely dress, and totally my style. So, sorry, but I am sooo copying it! I also have the perfect knit dotted fabric to make it, so it’s done. I will show it to you when it’s done. Here in my whereabaouts it is still cold, and this seems a short-sleever, so it will have to wait until spring at least.
    I admire your neck there, girl. And I can see it is not on bias, so I wonder how you do it to get it so flat (no gaping at all). I would love a tutorial on that. Maybe you already have one? I don’t have an overlock, but my machine zigzags like a m*******er. I would wear it with high Converses and a denim jacket. It rocks!

    • LLADYBIRD January 31, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

      Go ahead and copy – and yes, let me see it when you’re done πŸ™‚

      The secret to get the neck binding to lay flat is that you stretch the binding while you sew it to the neckline (but don’t stretch the neckline!). I like to sew my bindings in while the neckline is flat so I can cut off the excess and then just sew up remaining shoulder seam. Here’s a tutorial I wrote for the Papercut Collective if you need more ~visuals~ πŸ™‚ Since knit is stretchy by nature, you don’t need to cut it on the bias to get it to curve πŸ™‚

  17. TheEnchantedLilypad (@enchantedlilypd) January 31, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    Love it!!! I have another Lady Skater in my future too, yay! Knits are SO easy, SO comfy, SO omgidonotwanttobedressedbutiguessihavetowearsomethingtobeinpublicandwanttolooksortadecent. It’s like the perfect trifecta.

  18. Erika January 31, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    Your Lady Skaters are my absolute favorite! Love this one as well. Being a fellow Tennessean, I am ready for no socks and greenery as well! πŸ™‚

  19. gingermakes January 31, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    This is so cute! I’m pretty sure I have that same knit buried deeeeeeeeeep in my fabric drawer.

  20. nessastardom January 31, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    Love this style of dress and it looks super cute on you! it’s one of those dresses that flatter most shapes! I love it! x

  21. Maris Olsen (@sewmaris) January 31, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

    Have a blast in NYC Lauren – I’ll be there in spirit!

  22. Lelania February 1, 2014 at 3:03 am #

    I love the skater dress, the fabric choice is great!

  23. sewcookgardenrepeat February 1, 2014 at 8:21 am #

    FRICK I leave NYC the day before. And FRICK your weather looks a HELL of a lot nicer than here. 😦 Buuuuut I think I may have to make me a lady skater dress. There is a beautiful grey and white striped ponte de roma knit at my local fabric store. I’ve already made a hot cocoa sweater out of it, now methinks I’ll have to go back for more……

  24. maddie February 2, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    I can feel the warmth in your photos… sigh…

    I am so excited to see what everyone has made for Project Sewn. I think this year is going to be epic. There such a good group of bloggers/sewers. I’m rooting for everyone!

    I’m not sure if you got my email, but I’m totally up for a meet up on Saturday, 3/15. It might be for just a couple of hours in the afternoon, but hey, that’s okay!

  25. Kim February 3, 2014 at 3:45 am #

    Cute dress!! Just looking at your pics made me a bit jealous, since I’m inside, wearing a sweater and a scarf and I’m still cold!

  26. RaeAnna Goss February 3, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    Hey fellow Nashvillian! I jumped over from Project Sewn and I am going to be so torn now! Alida is one of my blog buddies so I plan to vote for her but I may have to go commandeer another computer to cast a vote for you! LOL! Adding you to my reader – can’t wait to see what you create! πŸ™‚ (

    • LLADYBIRD February 3, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

      Aw, yay, another Nashvillian! Love it! πŸ˜€ My suggestion is just to vote for which outfit you like the best – you may be surprised at who wins that right (the submissions I’m seeing right now are CRAZY AWESOME, y’all are in for a treat tomorrow ;)).

  27. Becky February 5, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    I wish I could whip out a dress so quickly!

  28. misscrayolacreepy February 10, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    I’d wear the shit out of that dress!!!! I love it!

  29. missjoiedevivre February 20, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    This is totally cute and perfect for summer. I love how stylish even your casual looks are!


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