Peacock Feather Skater Dress

Behold!  This is the skater dress pattern by Amanda of Kitschy Coo.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen this pattern circulate all over blogland many moons ago.  I have admired the simple, practical style of this pattern- it just seems like the perfect dress for a busy young girl.  It’s comfy, it’s a little swingy, and cute to boot!

I’m so happy I finally made one.

So, this pattern is sized in 2 year increments… 3Y/4Y. 5Y/6Y. 7/Y/8Y, etc… My kid is 6 and almost a half and pretty average, so I drew my pattern lines right between the 5Y/6Y and 7Y/8Y.  I think it’s just perfect- she will be able to wear it next year too.

The peacock feather fabric is from Girl Charlee, though it looks like it’s out of stock. Sorry peacock feather lovers (Caroline)!

The crazy-blinding-coma-inducing-neon pink binding is from a mistake purchase never-worn tank of mine (yikes.  what was I thinking?!?!), and I think it completely overshadows compliments the feathers fabric.  Am I right?

I sewed this entire dress on my regular machine, a pretty basic Kenmore from Sears that I’ve had for 4 years and not ONCE had an issue with (LOVE you, Kenny!! mwah!). I used a jersey needle using my stretch stitch, and I’m really happy with the result. I haven’t had the best luck with my serger for knits because the seams just don’t feel as sturdy. I haven’t found my serger groove yet I guess.

Oh, and using a little spray starch helped immensely when it came time to sewing the hem.  I spritzed a little on, ironed up 1″, and then sewed 2 rows of regular stitches.

I’m happy to report that this dress really is a quick sew.  The pattern is clear and really easy to understand.  I can’t wait to make more.

Ellery loves anything knit, so she immediately put it on and goofed around in her room.

Want to be hilarious?

Lose your two front teeth at once.

I can’t even look at her with a straight face.


15 thoughts on “Peacock Feather Skater Dress

  1. Love this Erin! The fabric looks so soft and I love how you always stick to your repurposing roots with the hot pink collar. Ellery is looking so big! LP is also rocking the toothless gap and one is beginning to come in. It’s really amazing how much their faces change during this age!

  2. Hey! Neon is so “in” these days. My girl feels it is almost a necessity to have a splash of it with every outfit. Love it with the dress! That dress looks cozy enough to sleep in, reminding me that I’m needing to make a simple, soft nightgown for my big girl. 🙂

  3. I love this pattern, and your version! Looks like an uber comfy dress to wear which usually means it actually gets worn around here:) Love the toothless grin photo – such a fun rite of passage that is pure adorableness:)

  4. What “weight”, or “blend” of jersey fabric works best for this pattern, for fall/winter warmth? I’m new to using knits. Plus I will have to purchase on-line, so i won’t be able to feel what i’m buying.

    1. Hey Julie! I generally buy cotton knit with some lycra or spandex. For Winter, I suppose you could look for sweatshirt weight fabric? I think ponte knit is also a little thicker than regular jersey.

      1. Your blog is awesome. I have little ones too, so thank you for taking the time to post the patterns you have made. It makes it easier for me to decide which ones to buy!!

  5. Erin, I love this dress and fabric… Ellery is adorable and it looks like she is having fun in her new dress..

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