You have your rose-colored glasses handy, right? Because I’m about to share the PINK skater dress I made as part of the Shades of Me sewing series! It’s a sewing challenge series hosted by Petit a Petit + Family and Welcome to the Mouse House, and the idea is simply to sew something monochromatic and fun for yourself. There were slots available for each of the colors in the series and I chose pink.
Okay. This isn’t the pinkest thing in the land of pinks. That’s why the rose-colored glasses would be helpful. Since our move last summer I shop for fabric almost entirely online because the nearest fabric store is at least an hour away. These days that feels like Narnia far. So I ordered a few things I thought I might use for this challenge and they all ended up being too thin to use for a dress (my chosen target here) or being… not pink, exactly.
There was a red and white print that I thought would look pinkish because of its scale, but no. There was a sweater knit that was more purple-magenta than pink-magenta. And then there was this “hot coral” ponte de roma from Girl Charlee. I sweated for a bit about it not being pink. But it’s not orange, either. A friend suggested… pornge. Why aren’t more things sold as “pornge”? Or maybe I’m not on the right sites. So, hot coral, yes. We’re going with that. I happen to know that the other folks in this series are the loving, embracing type and won’t kick me out over it. I added a violet filter to these photos to knock down the orange-y ness a bit.
I used the Lady Skater pattern. There are comforting similarities in construction between Amanda’s patterns that make it easy to sew the first one and even easier to sew each thereafter. My “high bust” measurement was between sizes 5 and 6, so I sewed a 6. I wanted a v-neck, so I barely changed the neckline to get a “v” shape – and if I make another like it I’ll bring it up a bit because as you can see, it’s a pretty deep V. I wouldn’t wear this on an outing with clingy children. I lined the front bodice and created a facing for the back so that I could skip the neck binding, which meant the V ended up even lower. Helllloooo date night! (In my pornge dress, no less. Oy.)
Modesty. I like it in general, but I find that with my hourglass-yness– especially when pregnant and nursing, most round necks and anything crew neck just leave me with a broad expanse of bosom that only accentuates the overabundance. Remembering how badly I wanted a bosom before I was so generously gifted with one, I know that sounds fantastic! In let’s-get-real-world, dressing for and sewing for it is downright difficult. (Tangent: you should hear Adrianna and me discuss bras. We live on DIFFERENT. PLANETS.)
I sewed this with cap sleeves but they’re hiding under the sweater because it was 30 F and in my efforts to appear sort of summer-y and happy without freezing I forgot that I had planned to take it off for a few photos. Oops!
This is the first thing I’ve sewn for myself in well over a year. I remember that I’d thought I’d sew maternity clothes, but when it was time to make that happen I just didn’t have the enthusiasm for it. And the last six months have been spent taking care of the baby that’s no longer in the belly. Taking first blog photos of post-baby body felt really, really hard. Wearing a non-nursing bra for these photos felt really, really odd. But I signed up for it knowing it would be, and knowing that once I did it, it would be easier to do again.
Despite the fact that I assembled the pattern with my favorite new trick and the fabric was cooperative and the pattern itself is easy peasy, every second of this one hurt. This challenge was supposed to be fun but when I signed on I knew I was going to be fighting with myself the whole time. It felt like work. I wanted to quit. I wanted to cry. I wanted to be done. I wanted to puke. And I did, because in the last week all 5 members of my family plus one visiting Gramma all had a stomach bug. But we’ve pulled through. And I got back to work. And now? I’m so glad I did it. If I were the couch-jumping type, this is my moment. It’s not perfect, but as a good friend says, perfect has passed. I fiiiinished it!
Hop around and check out the boatloads of sewing-for-yourself inspiration in this series!