Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S: The Roller Skate Dress

on July 19 | in Featured Creativity, Sew-Alongs | by | with Comments Off

As you know, the Super Online Sewing Match Round Two Challenge is to create a Roller Skate Dress! We asked the tremendously-talented and lovely Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S to share a little more about the pattern. Our contestants are busy cutting into their fabric… Are you ready to join the Community Match?! We hope the darling dress design and fabulous prizes might convince you to join the fun; here’s Liesl with even more to inspire you:

Hello, Sewing Match contestants and fans! Isn’t this fun? I loved your A-line skirts and can hardly wait to see what you do make this little pattern.

We released the Roller Skate Dress and Tunic Pattern a few months ago, and it’s already become one of our most popular patterns. It’s been so much fun to see what everyone has done with this pattern. I just love the wide variety of dresses and tunics that people are making and posting in the Oliver + S Flickr group. A quick browse there will provide lots of inspiration.

I think one reason this pattern has been so popular is because it’s so quick and easy to sew, with just two basic pattern pieces. We included four different views in the pattern, so you have lots of options to select from in your sewing. You can choose from two different tunics and two dresses, and the cute neck facing (on views B and D) is an easy-to-add detail that really finishes the dress nicely and gives it a professional appearance with minimal fuss.

But this dress also works well with almost any fabric, and that versatility makes it really useful, too. In fact, the dress looks great with both small and large-scale prints, including really big patterns that might otherwise seem overwhelming in scale for tiny bodies. But it also works beautifully with both dressy and casual fabrics, so you can use the pattern to whip up quick, casual everyday play clothes as well as really dressy, formal event apparel. In addition to basic cottons or linen, this pattern would be great in fine-wale corduroy (layer it over a long-sleeved T for winter), and it would also be gorgeous silk shantung or dupioni or in a heavily embroidered eyelet for fancier occasions. It would even work with knits, if you’re so inclined.

Here’s a version we featured on our blog  that was made by Celina Marcurti from some of her hand-screened linen fabric. Just lovely, isn’t it?

Roller Skate

And the pattern lends itself nicely to embellishment, too, which also makes it really fun to sew. When we first released the pattern I designed a house applique (which is available as a free download on our blog) to illustrate some of the fun things you can do to embellish the pattern. When you make the dress from a simple print or a solid color it’s like the dress becomes a blank canvas for your own creative ideas.

Roller Skate

But I think the best part of this pattern is that you can make it completely your own! I especially love what Rachel of Nest Full of Eggs did with these the Roller Skate Dresses that she color blocked in the photos below. Rachel did a really great job explaining the process on her blog, and I encourage you to see how she did it. This is a great technique, especially if you’re doing a lot of piecing.

Roller Skate

Earlier this week on the Oliver + S blog  I explained another method of color blocking that involves a very basic pattern-making technique. I’d encourage you to try it because it will open up lots of options for you with your sewing, and the Roller Skate Dress is a perfect way to play with this because it’s such an easy pattern that will give you quick results and offers lots of design options.

Roller Skate

I can’t wait to see what the Sewing Match contestants do with the Roller Skate Pattern, and I hope you’ll join them and show us what you can do with it, too!

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Don’t forget about the discount code for the Roller Skate Dress + Tunic pattern, available one week only!

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