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Boo Designs Sleeved Skater dress

I sometimes find it a little challenging to get sizing right for my kids.  Both daughters are quite slim for their height (I was the same at their age; up until my late teens really). To get the combination of style, ease, and fit preferences right is not always easy.

Boo Designs Skater dress in cotton lycra knits from Crafty Mamas

I sewed this Boo Designs Sleeved Skater dress in a mixture of sizes to accommodate Stella’s wishes. She wanted a tight bodice with a fuller skirt. Stella chose all the pattern elements – which sleeve type, what skirt length, and which fabrics went where.

Boo Designs Skater dress in cotton lycra knits from Crafty Mamas

It’s interesting to me when I look at photos – it appears that Stella has the same issue as me of fabric pooling a bit at the back waist area while the front bodice is still quite fitted! When I look at this dress on Stella I think it looks too small. She thinks entirely differently and really likes it.

Boo Designs Skater dress in cotton lycra knits from Crafty Mamas

Now I am trying to cast my memory to last year (that’s when I sewed it) but I think that I sewed the width quite a bit smaller than the length for this dress. I kept the armhole depth and bodice length appropriate for Stella’s height, but the body width was a few sizes smaller in accordance with her measurements. The shoulder width was something in between.

Boo Designs Skater dress in cotton lycra knits from Crafty Mamas

The fabrics are superb European quality cotton/spandex knits from Crafty Mamas Fabrics. I finished the sleeve edges with a very narrow zig-zagged hem, and did the same with the skirt. Construction was primarily on the overlocker. The neckline is bound with the printed knit.

Boo Designs Skater dress in cotton lycra knits from Crafty Mamas

From the pattern website:

  • 2 lengths: Regular (above knee) or maxi (slightly above ankle)
  • Also interchangeable with skirts from (sleeveless) Spandex Skater Dress
  • 2 hem styles: even or hi-low
  • 4 sleeve styles: long, short, mini or flutter

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We’ll see how much wear this dress gets when the weather warms up again – and if it in fact still fits her! Stella looked over my shoulder while I was typing up this blog post and did say “oh, I do like that dress” so maybe it will be a winner after all.

Boo Designs Skater dress in cotton lycra knits from Crafty Mamas

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2 thoughts on “Boo Designs Sleeved Skater dress

    1. Every now and then I give it a go. I think that it’s short back waist length for me (I am very short waisted – my “height”, what there is of it, is in my legs) but the alteration is essentially the same. I need to give it a more concerted go!

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