Monday, 13 October 2014

Lady Skater Keyhole Dress

Pattern: Lady Skater with Simplicity 8722

Fabric: Indigo jersey from my favourite Lewisham Market stall.

This is my Lady Skater Keyhole Dress!

The story goes: I saw this dress on Boden:

and I thought: must have, 89 quid!, can I wait for the sales? mind you that fabric print isn't great...
and the light bulb moment came when I thought maybe I could actually make it. The skirt sort of flares out like the Lady Skater dress... but what about that pesky keyhole bit?

I searched on the internet a fair bit for a similar dress pattern, or any pattern with a similar keyhole neckline.  I came across this gorgeous dress from Shanni Loves blog, promptly bought the Simplicity pattern below:

and incorporated the neckline onto the Lady Skater bodice.  I lengthened the skirt a few inches and shortened the bodice by an inch. After taking photos now, I can see the back still bunches up unattractively:

so I will need to fix that.  The neckline was a little fiddly too as I didn't use facing, but used binding.  It's all a bit uneven and so I'm not posting any close-ups!

I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.  Here it is with a belt:

So with Chinese New Year coming up I think I'm going to make a red version, in a thicker knit.  I've heard good things about ponte roma fabric, so I may just shy away from the cheapo fabrics and invest in something more expensive...


  1. Lovely! Sassy Sewing Bees.

  2. Your keyhole lady skater dress is really cute ! You did a great job !

  3. Nice color. pretty dress. I think blue is your favorite color.

    1. Thank you! I never thought blue was my favourite colour but I think you're right, I do make a lot of things in blue!