Project: Seamless Lady Skater

03-patternSometimes I come up sewing projects that seem like a good idea at the time, but as I progress through it, winds up being more work than what I anticipated and burn out on it. One project that I’ve been wanting to do for awhile is changing up the Lady Skater. While it’s a cute and popular design, I really disliked the seam and where it hit me (not to mention that it breaks up the fabric design) – so I’ve been itching to make a ‘seamless’ version ever since I first sewed it up. It’s been almost two years since I touched this pattern and I thought this was going to be an easy process…. just morph the top and bottom pieces together and trace. However upon looking at the pattern I noticed that they don’t exactly fit together neatly (you can see that the top portion is almost straight across while the top edge of the skirt is curved). I mulled over my options and came up with this:

03-tracingI would actually make a new dress – I cut out the front\back top sections as well as the skirt and sewed them accordingly. Then I folded them in half (my idea was I could always make a new skater dress with a seam if I liked it in the material I selected), drew a line on my tracing paper (to keep everything straight), place the dress on the tracing paper (with the fold on the the line I created and the rest of the dress laid out without wrinkles), and trace around it all so that I have a seamless design (I also recommend making some registration marks so it makes it easier to match everything up when sewing later). This went pretty smoothly, although I did find that the waist area of the back section of the dress would not evenly smooth out – it’s not large, but it is noticeable enough that it is slightly off when trying to match everything up (I think I’ll have to ease in the top bodice some when sewing get everything to match up). Now that that is finally done making the pattern, I’m anxious to see how this is going to work out for me. By the way, if you’re wondering if I finished the version I traced, I didn’t. It was WAY too busy for even my taste.