Hey y’all! I am super excited to show you my second make of the Kitschy Coo’s Lady Skater pattern today! After finishing my first Skater dress, I was already dreaming up another one! I knew I just had to shake it up a bit so it would be fresh and new! That’s why I love this pattern so much. It is so versatile! To spice this Lady up I added Faux Fur cuffs and an exposed back zipper. I love the edginess this adds to the overall look!
The fabric I used is a camel color ponte de roma that I bought at Joann’s a while back – I just had it in my stash waiting for the perfect project. And I definitely found it! The ponte is really soft and comfortable against your skin and wonderful to sew with. It doesn’t shift around like most knits.
The faux fur is from Joann’s also. I bought it originally to make a faux fur vest but after much thought I decided the fur fabric was just too thin for a vest and would be better suited for trims and cuffs! I’ve been eyeing all of the faux fur vests on the internet and sewing blogs and will be sewing one up as soon as I find the perfect fabric! I’m longing for a fur vest! soon very soon
I researched the net for tips on how to turn the dress pattern into a peplum (I don’t do anything without researching it first!) and used the tutorial from the Kitschy Coo website and looked at lots of others that have been made. When I first cut it out, the peplum was too wide for the waist so I had to trim it to fit. (I am a self-taught sewists after all! Trial and error are my teachers.) I finally got it right but then had to raise the front by an inch so that it would hang correctly on my body. I wanted the waist to be rounded, so for this part I had to get out my Papercut Petrouchka pattern and trace the waist line. I like the result! I’m still not quite sure what to do about the slight pooling of fabric at the back waist area though. Any suggestions?
My favorite part of this top is the exposed zipper! I have been wanting to add this little charm to a top because I just love the way it looks and exposed zippers are really popular right now! I found this great tutorial that helped out a bunch by SeeKateSew. It was very easy to sew in! I just lined it up, pinned, and went for it! And I’ll let you in on a little secret: it is functional but there is no opening! Seww easy! Not only do I have faux fur but I have a faux zipper, too!
So what do you think? Are you ready to make your own Lady?
Until next time… Regan