Anyway.... I mentioned earlier this week that this fabric is a jersey sweater knit. So far as I can remember, it's a wool blend with a hint of Lycra in it. The fabric has 2 way stretch in the width wise direction, pretty decent stretch recovery for this type of fabric, and is printed on one side. I did find that the stretch recovery was not great on the cut edges and some extra stabilization seemed in order. On the neckline I zigzagged some clear elastic on the wrong side to keep it from bagging out.
The elastic was pulled taunt just a little bit as I sewed. Not so much that the fabric gathered, just enough to snug the neck edge back to it's original shape. On the hems knit stay tape was fused to the edge before cover stitching them up.
Because the main fabric is a tad itchy and would catch on tights, I decided to put a full lining in this dress. My lining is some cheap rayon jersey that I didn't mind sacrificing. A complete dress was made out of both the sweater knit and the rayon jersey. After adding the clear elastic to the self fabric, the two were attached at the neckline, right sides together. Lastly a line of cover stitch was added to the neck edge to keep the lining from popping out.
OK it's time for me to drop some pattern drafting knowledge into your heads. Open up your brain hatches right after inputting that very important number code....4, 8, 15, 16, 23....
Pleated Skater Hacking Instructions
1. Change neckline to a boat neck shape. This can be done the same way as in the Renfrew tutorial here.
2. Add extra length to the sleeves so they can be hemmed. I added an extra 2" to the bottom of the sleeve.
3. To add pleats to the skirt trace the pattern and label the CF.
Alrighty, go make yourself some pleated Lady Skaters and then have an awkward conversation with your neighbor. "I don't usually wear 3" heels in the snow, but I do for the blog. No I'm going to sue you or anything. I'm not going to fall over." *Almost falls over*