DIY Red Skater Dress

I've been sewing on and off for almost a year now, and while I've made a few skirts and some home shorts, I've always wanted to make a dress. To me, that would mark the start of a whole new chapter in my sewing chronicles.

However, even though it's been quite a long time since I started, I still have no idea how to work with zippers, mainly because I don't have a zipper foot (I may also have the beginner's fear of zippers too). Which was why I rejoiced when I came across these lovely tutorials from The Pineneedle Collective!

This is my 'cheat' version of a skater dress. I sewed two separate pieces using Annika's crop top tutorial and no zipper circle skirt tutorial and wore them together to make a dress. I don't think you can really tell! And the great thing is that I can wear both pieces separately as well.

The fabric is a medium weight knit I scored from Spotlight during the Boxing Day sales for $7 per metre. The best thing about being petite is being able to make a dress from just one metre of fabric! I wanted to make a peplum attachment for the crop top though, but I was slightly short. Dang!

I ordered a zipper foot off Ebay a few days ago so I have no more excuses, really. Hopefully I'll be able to master sewing zippers in no time!

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  1. Ohhhh, awesome!!! It looks so good (AND it totally looks like one whole dress!) I'm so happy to have helped in the creation of this :D And as a bonus, you can wear them separately as well! (I love red circle skirts). <3 xx Annika

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  2. Also, I lost my zipper foot :| So you totally don't even need one to sew zippers! I won't be able to help you get over the fear of using them though - except to tell you that you just need to practice, do it about 50 times and THEN you won't be so scared of zippers anymore! haha

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  3. @ Annika: Hi Annika! Thank you so much for your comment, it's a great feeling to hear from the source of inspiration! ;) I tried sewing a zipper with a standard foot once and it turned out pretty wonky, but I will take your advice and keep practising!

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  4. You did a fabulous job! Looks beautiful!

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  5. Hey, I have a couple of questions. I am planning on making this "cheat" version as well. Did you make both the top and skirt exactly as the tutorials? (which I mean did you follow the crop top tutorial completely including elastic in the bottom or not) Thanks for your answer <3

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    1. For the top, I skipped the lining because the fabric I was using was pretty thick. I skipped the elastic as well because I wanted the top to be long enough to tuck into the skirt, so I just tapered it in towards the waist.

      For the skirt, I followed the tutorial exactly :)

      Good luck!

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