Yep, this is Tilly's new pattern, Coco. I saw it on her blog on Tuesday afternoon, ordered it on my phone, and got it in the post on Wednesday!
Then I ordered 2 metres of Emerald Ponte Roma from Minerva Crafts, it arrived on Saturday, and I made this dress on Sunday. This fabric is gorgeous! It's thick (but not too thick!) and is so soft and lovely.
I have been procrastinating mightily about knit fabric for ages. I wanted to make the Lady Skater dress, but was put off by reading about fitting issues. It was how to fit knit fabrics that put me off, but you know what, it's wasn't as scary as I thought. It did take me a few hours to make this, but I kept referring back to the brilliant instructions in the pattern booklet, and Sew U Home Stretch.
I'm delighted with how it turned out. I made the dress version in a size 1 at the shoulders, and size3 from the underarms. I maybe need a sway back adjustment at the back waist, but I can live with it.
I shortened the 3/4 length sleeves by 4 inches, and added the cuffs, which I LOVE.
The instructions are for sewing this without an overlocker, but I used mine throughout. After some practise, I used some seam binding ribbon to stabilise the shoulder seams. I sewed it on as in the instructions, then overlocked the seams. I practised with some clear elastic, but it didn't work too well.
I love how this has turned out! It really was easy to make, and I would highly recommend this pattern to anybody else who is afraid of knits.
By the way, have a look at Roisin's blog, there's a fabulous dress making competition to celebrate her up-coming wedding. How could I turn that down?! ;)