Fabric: Indigo jersey from my favourite Lewisham Market stall.
This is my Lady Skater Keyhole Dress!
The story goes: I saw this dress on Boden:
and I thought: must have, 89 quid!, can I wait for the sales? mind you that fabric print isn't great...
and the light bulb moment came when I thought maybe I could actually make it. The skirt sort of flares out like the Lady Skater dress... but what about that pesky keyhole bit?
I searched on the internet a fair bit for a similar dress pattern, or any pattern with a similar keyhole neckline. I came across this gorgeous dress from Shanni Loves blog, promptly bought the Simplicity pattern below:
and incorporated the neckline onto the Lady Skater bodice. I lengthened the skirt a few inches and shortened the bodice by an inch. After taking photos now, I can see the back still bunches up unattractively:
so I will need to fix that. The neckline was a little fiddly too as I didn't use facing, but used binding. It's all a bit uneven and so I'm not posting any close-ups!
I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. Here it is with a belt:
So with Chinese New Year coming up I think I'm going to make a red version, in a thicker knit. I've heard good things about ponte roma fabric, so I may just shy away from the cheapo fabrics and invest in something more expensive...