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Floral Frenzy — Another Skater Hack

I had intended on posting this dress yesterday, but then I ended up staying with Baby J and working from home.  J and N were at school most of the day so I was able to get some work done but of course “working at home” generally means much less work during the day and much more at night 🙁

Anyhoo, I’ll keep this short since you all have seen both of the patterns I used in this mash-up before: the Lady Skater and the Day-to-Night Drape top.

Great mash-up of the Lady Skater and Day-to-Night Drape Top -- perfect for nursing!
Another Skater mash up.

Put them together and what do you get?  Basically the most perfect nursing dress EV-AR!

Great mash-up of the Lady Skater and Day-to-Night Drape Top -- perfect for nursing!
Day-to-Night/Skater mash up.

Nothing earth-shattering as far as my process — I just cut the skirt from the Lady Skater and used the Day-to-Night Drape Top in place of the Lady Skater bodice.  I went down a size in the bodice from my previous Day-to-Night tops because (1) I’m losing weight and getting thinner all around, and (2) since this is a bodice of a dress and not a stand alone top, it needed to fit a little more snugly.

Great mash-up of the Lady Skater and Day-to-Night Drape Top -- perfect for nursing!
Smaller in the bodice.

The bodice pulls a little bit over the girls, so I might have been okay with a size up.  But, I’m at the point where I’m no longer making clothes entirely with nursing in mind since I will be done breastfeeding in just four short months (so weird that Baby J will be 1 in just 4 months!).

Great mash-up of the Lady Skater and Day-to-Night Drape Top -- perfect for nursing!
A little tight across the girls, but that is only a temporary problem.

This dress has been on my mind for the last couple of months, ever since I saw a co-worker wearing a very similar dress at a baby shower.  Her dress was a navy faux-wrap on top with a bright floral skirt, and I was in love as soon as I saw it!  I knew that the skirt from the Skater Dress would be perfect to re-create her dress.  I originally had planned to use the Megan Nielsen Maternity Wrap Top for the bodice, but then decided to go with the Day-to-Night since it is so perfect for nursing but will still work perfectly when my BFing days are behind me.

Great mash-up of the Lady Skater and Day-to-Night Drape Top -- perfect for nursing!
Please excuse the goofy look on my face. J doesn’t really care about waiting until I stop talking before he snaps pictures!

And of course the floral in the skirt fits perfectly with this week’s Project Sewn theme — Floral Frenzy.

Both my fabrics are from Girl Charlee. The green in a cotton-spandex blend, and the floral is a cotton blend jersey.  The solid green has a nice amount of stretch, but it’s not as soft and drapey as the bamboo jersey from my previous DTN drape tops.  The skirt doesn’t have a lot of stretch, but enough for this dress.  It doesn’t need much in the skirt.

Great mash-up of the Lady Skater and Day-to-Night Drape Top -- perfect for nursing!
And the random bored children in the background. They have a very short attention span for photo shoots!

I wore this dress out on Sunday when I took N to see the Kansas City Ballet perform Cinderella for her birthday.  I can’t believe my baby girl turns 3 tomorrow!  She loved it and watched fascinated through the whole thing.  Her favorites were undoubtedly the stepsisters.  In the ballet version, they are the comic relief and are played by two male dancers who spend the show falling over each other and getting in fights.  It is pretty funny.  And amazingly, I didn’t fall asleep!  Maybe it was my new duds 🙂

0 thoughts on “Floral Frenzy — Another Skater Hack

  1. Love it! I wasn’t keen on the lady skater bodice but I like the mix here. Looks great. I may give it a whirl someday!

    1. Thanks! The Lady Skater skirt is perfect to combine with all different types of bodices. It’s pretty much my perfect skirt for a knit dress. I’m not terribly keen on gathered skirts on dresses — I think this is much more flattering!

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