I do believe I have found my perfect go-to winter travelling wardrobe piece…the Lady Skater Dress.
On my recent trip to Europe I needed pieces with that were warm, comfortable and could be dressed up. This little dress ticked all the boxes, so I took three with me. You have already seen my polka dot one which I love to death. Whilst it is great, it is pretty distinctive and definitely can’t be worn on consecutive days, people notice. Well aware I needed a couple more dresses less obvious I made these babies:
This is actually the first Skater Dress I made (the polka dot one was #2):
I used a rather cheap polyester ponte which does not have as much stretch as required, resulting in my dress being slightly tighter than I would like. I think that is why I have the armpit wrinkles. Another unfortunate side effect of the poly is static, it does stick a bit to my tights. On the plus side, being poly makes it super warm! So not perfect, but still quite wearable with some anti static spray.
My second one is made with a fabulous wool/angora blend that is soooo warm:
Obviously with full length sleeves this time, I wanted this baby to be warm! I strongly considered adding a cowl neck, but for easier layering left it off (this time). The dress is much longer this time, not because I cut it differently but because this fabric actually stretches! Being black I could wear this for a couple of days in a row with different cardis or jackets and no-one was any the wiser hehe.
I should tell you that the pattern calls for elastic at the waist. I didn’t realise this until I read someone’s blog post recently. I didn’t actually read the instructions at all, I just cut and sewed. Oops. Not sure that it matters though, I am happy with the finish “as is”.
I think if you haven’t got this pattern, what are you waiting for? Super quick make, easy to fit, feels like wearing pajamas but looks pretty respectable! For two weeks travel, four of these dresses and some tights and cardis and that is all you need, leaving heaps of room in the suitcase for fabric!! (Note: I had only three dresses and felt like I needed just one more)
How did I actually style this when I was away?
Layers. Lots and lots of layers. Oh, and I really did button my cardi up properly…eventually 🙂
Now, I have a question for you fellow sewing enthusiasts (if you have got this far). I can’t help but notice that this pattern, the Moneta by Colette and other new releases are all looking pretty similar. Has anyone tried the others? Is there a reason I should try them? In particular the Moneta, I was recently given as a gift but I haven’t printed it off yet. It is currently taking the blogosphere by storm – is it worth it? Is it mindblowingly different from the Lady Skater or is the hype just because the size range is extended? Someone convince me either way pleeeease.