Are you in the  mood to sew a lovely vintage inspired dress? If so you might like to know that Abby of Blue Ginger Doll is hosting a sew-a-long of the Billie Jean pattern.  I'm joining cause my hankering for the straight skirt version has not gone away since making my first.  My stash busting pledge has been neglected lately so I'm gonna use this lovely stashed silk shantung for version 2.

Speaking of second versions I finished up another Lady Skater weeks ago and never blogged it
The deets!
- Polyester ITY from Steve's Sewing in King of Prussia.
- Lengthened skirt 5.5".
- Used knit stay tape to stabilize the shoulders and waist seams instead of clear elastic.  That worked a lot better in the waist seam which got all wavy with the clear elastic.

Two other tips...
- Polyester ITY won't hold a crease so pin the neck and arm bands in half and slowly overlock them onto the dress.
-If you have a very large print it's always good to get extra yardage so that you have room to play with pattern placement.  I could have gotten this dress out of 2.5 yards of this 60" knit but bought 3 instead.  With the extra yardage I'm pleased with where the flowers fall...with the exception "butt flower."  I can live with that because turn the dress around you can see how horribly wrong it could have gone :)


  1. So I have a very similar shape as you do and if I had remembered to refer to your post about your first skater dress, I wouldn't have made mine with a waist that is about 2-3 inches too long. I still love it though and wear that sucker with a wide belt. I see many more (with pattern changes) in my future!

    1. Hee heee well I did cut down the waist on the first one a couple of times. At least the wide belt makes it work. :)


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