Having submitted my slightly tweaked Roller Skate Dress for Frances Suzanne : Sewing With Sisters' FLIP This Pattern series I was keen to truly "flip" it and make something quite different.
The Roller Skate is definitely a summer dress, and I thought I'd rather make something to be worn now, so here's my southern hemisphere (or as Keating might have said "arse end of the world") winter FLIP
The dress is a straight size 2 in sweater fleece with sleeves added, no lining, and a belt instead of elastic casing. I picked the sleeve style I wanted from another pattern (Sailboat Top) daftly ignoring that that pattern has overlapping shoulder seams hence the armhole depth of the pattern is much greater than required. So of course my sleeves were much smaller than the armhole openings and since I'd already sewn the facing I just cut bigger sleeves and continued merrily along.
I chose the notched V facing as this would give the dress it's recognisable roller skatery-ness.
At the back I popped a tab into the facing/back neck seam and used a press stud for the closure.
I didn't do any elastic casing but put some belt loops in the side seams instead.
So much for a dress for now, it's huge. The neck is quite big, the shoulders a bit wide, the armholes quite deep, the sleeves too long and there's even a bit more length at the hem than is needed. At least I got the sizing wrong all over such that as long as A grows in a co-ordinated fashion it should fit next winter.
But will she wear it? She certainly wouldn't when I first finished the dress. I added the ice skating bear thinking I'd win her over but judging from this morning's response it's a pretty obvious NO.
Do I care? Nyeh
The fabric was salvaged/gifted and it was one of those make it for my sake garments.
As for my little bear's feelings: