Sunday, May 4, 2014

Finished Item: Lady Skater

Well...let's just get on with the saga, why don't we?

I got up Saturday and headed down to the cave while everyone was sleeping. I do my best work at this time. Or so I thought (da-da-dum!)

Oh wait. We have to back up.

I had a helluva time taping the pieces together after about page 12. I looked all over and saw no complaints about assembly. I wasn't sure if it was "never say a bad word about an Indie pattern" or if it was a problem on my end. THEN I remembered/realized this pattern was gifted to me and was printed by the gifter. Hmmm. Ok. Could be a printing issue.

Then I found one blogger who had the exact same issues!!! And resolved it. It was a printer problem. Whew. 

The pattern comes in sizes 1-8 (I don't like that) and it fits upper bust 30-44. My daughter's HB measurement is 30.5/FB of 32" so I went with a 2. I assumed I'd need to lengthen it but rather than go through all that noise, I just used the size 5 length. Ok...back to it.

I had already traced the pattern pieces off for her. I went down, cut out the pattern pieces and laid my pre washed fabric out to cut. 

If you ever have to say to yourself, "Oh wow! This fabric is really wide!" STOP. MAKE SURE YOUR FABRIC IS POSITIONED CORRECTLY!!

Yep. I cut the entire dress (THE ENTIRE THING) out on the cross grain. I did not realize it until after every piece was cut. Neckband, sleeve bands, all that. I seriously almost cried.

I took a break and went and got coffee and a donut. You know, brain food.

Went back to it. Spilled coffee on the fabric.

I re-cut the bodice pieces from the failed skirt sections. I re-cut the sleeve bands from the failed sleeves. I had to re-cut the skirt and sleeves. I had 3.5 yards of this fabric; 2 for her dress and 1.5 for a top for me. No top for me.

Ok. Got the pieces ready to go.

The instructions come in 2 forms; one for beginners that is very detailed with tons of pics and stuff and another crib sheet for more experienced sewers.

Got the dress sewed together and had her try it on (yesterday's post).  The 3/8" broad back adjustment I did wasn't necessary and now there's extra fabric :(

DEEP SIGH.

It's okay. She doesn't even notice it and won't be bothered by it.

Then I put on a sleeve band and went to press it using my press cloth. Huge. Mega. Crazy shine spot. Whyyyyyyyy!

Then I set the neckband in the round and didn't stretch enough early on. I had to unpick about a quarter of my serger stitches to properly stretch the remainder.

But it's gorgeous on her and she LOVES it!!!



The color on her is accurate. Not sure why the sleeve band shot is so extra overexposed.



I ended up having to do a 5/8" hem even with the longer length cut. But the girl has long legs. Really long legs. There were several reviews that complained about the long back bodice and I agree...it's a bit long there.

Otherwise, everything ELSE went off without a hitch. She's happy. I'm happy. I have to find fabric for my own Lady Skater! :)

Dress #2 has to get finished this week.



40 comments:

  1. Adorable. The dress is, too :).

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  2. That dress looks AWESOME on your baby girl!! The color looks so good on her and it's such a cool dress on her. Yaaayy, Mom!

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  3. That is SO cute! And she probably doesn't even realize how great she looks...

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    1. Thank you!!! You know she doesn't! :)

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  4. Cute dress, gorgeous colour, best mom ever to be working on it in the wee hours of the morning and through all those issues. Happy to read she loves it, it looks great on her.

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  5. Oh man I felt your deep sigh with the hiccups in this one. Despite the issues, you pushed through and made a fantastic dress for your daughter.

    I keep saying that I'm going to a video on how to pick serger stitches. I have a method that, though messy, is really fast.

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    1. Thanks L! I used your method!! It was fast!

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    2. What is the method .....please? Thanks

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    3. Anne, Ls method:

      1. Cut the lower looper threads with a pair of sharp and pointy embroidery scissors. The lower looper threads look like triangles (to me). Be careful NOT to pull these threads. I advise against using a seam ripper.

      2. On the top, grab an upper looper thread an pull it. You may have to snip a couple of upper looper threads to get it going. Once you get it going, the upper looper thread should pull apart in one long strand. If you 'get stuck', then you missed a lower looper thread. Cut it and continue.

      3. Pick up the two (or one) needle threads and pull them. They should also come out in long strands.

      4. Pick up all the little bits of lower looper threads that are left.

      It is REALLY fast. My fabric was still under the serger presser foot while I did this. And then I just continued serging!

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  6. The dress is beautiful!! Your daughter looks great, and you persevered to make a super dress.

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  7. It is so cute on her. Love the color.

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    1. Thanks Faye! Love the dress! I want one of my own for sure now ;)

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  8. I like it, I like it. Great color on her too. Your daughter reminds me of my own with those long legs. She's beautiful and looks very happy in her new dress.

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    1. Thanks Robin! Her and her 34" inseam!!!

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  9. This is great on her. It looks like the pattern was designed for her.

    I have cut a whole knit project on cross grain. It did have four way stretch and I sewed it up that way. It looked like I had meant to do it.

    I am very cautious now about the grain and even mark it on the wrong side with chalk. This shows me the wrong side and the grain.

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    1. Thanks Annette! I always make sure to mark the wrong side with chalk. Been there, done that too many times! :)

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  10. Congratulations on keeping on with this dress after all your trouble in the beginning. The colour is absolutely gorgeous and the dress looks fabulous on your daughter.

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  11. That color is giving me life. Love the dress and your daughter is a cutie.

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    1. OMG you see why I was so mad at myself for messing up!?!?! I was going to make M6841 from that fabric!!!!

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  12. Looks great. If I start to feel altruistic, I'll make one for one of my (3) daughters. My youngest is 6' with the same long legs as your daughter, so I can see it on her. But my oldest I know really likes and suits the skater style, so I'll see. Love the colour too. Pity you're missing out on this for your top - you'll just need to stash bust!!

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    1. Thanks Anne!

      It went pretty quickly. I think you should go for it!

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  13. This looks great on her! I love the color too! I especially like where the waist is sitting - I felt on mine it was too high for my liking. Great job even with all the issues - way to push through! (oh, and I had printing issues on mine too)

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    1. Thanks Kristin!

      She is very short waisted - very. So it worked out. I'd read that "complaint" too but figured she'd be fine.

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  14. Your daughter is so cute. The dress looks really good on her.

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  15. Ugh I was just about to cut this out, then I realized I'd traced off a 2, even though my measurements are exactly a 3. What was I thinking?!

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  16. She looks adorable! The color is perfect, and how could she not love the dress - it is great! :) Definitely had some issues with the printing / taping as well and wondered if it was just me, since everyone else seemed to LOVE it! And the coffee spill - yep, been there done that ;)

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    1. Thanks!!

      Hmmm. See now I wonder. It was fine until like page 12 and then all hell broke loose. I might start querying people! LOL!

      Hence the reason why usually nothing other than water makes it down there!

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  17. Unpicking serger stitches goes down as one of my least favourite activities. Despite all the hitches, though a lovely dress. Sounds like you had half way through syndrome well and truly - the do I go on, will it work, I don't like this, etc. Then the okay at the end!

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    1. Thanks SarahLiz!

      Ooooh I get that a lot - the halfway through syndrome!! :)

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