roller skate dress + tunic sewing pattern
Are you ready with your skates? This cute and easy dress can also be made as a tunic, with two different styles for each length. All views include built-in cap sleeves, Empire-waist elastic casing, and keyhole-with-button opening at back.
This fully lined dress can also be made as a tunic, with two different styles for each length. All views include built-in cap sleeves, Empire-waist elastic casing, and keyhole-with-button opening at back. Views A and C feature a ribbon bow detail at the front casing; Views B and D include a contrasting neck facing with V notch.
Each of our patterns calls on a unique set of sewing skills. Haven't ever done one of these things before? Don't worry. We'll walk you through it, step by step.
After successfully sewing this pattern, you will have developed the following skills: curved seams and external facing.
Dress/Tunic: Light- to medium-weight woven fabrics like quilting cotton, shirting, poplin, broadcloth, lawn, voile, and linen.
Lining: Lightweight cottons like voile, lawn, or batiste.
Coordinating thread, one 3/8" or 1/2" button, 1 yard of 1/2"-wide elastic, a scrap of lightweight fusible interfacing, 18" of 1/2"-wide ribbon (Views A and C).
Fabric Guide (fabric width: 44"-45")
SIZE 6-12 M 12-18 M 18-24 M 2T 3T 4 Fabric A, Views A and B 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 1 yard 1 yard 1 yard 1 1/4 yards Fabric A, Views C and D 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 3/4 yard Fabric B, Views B and D * 1/4 yard 1/4 yard 1/4 yard 1/4 yard 1/4 yard 1/4 yard Lining, Views A and B 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 1 yard 1 yard 1 yard 1 1/4 yards Lining, Views C and D 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 3/4 yard
SIZE 5 6 7 8 10 12 Fabric A, Views A and B 1 1/4 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 3/4 yards 2 yards 2 yards 2 yards Fabric A, Views C and D 3/4 yard 1 yard 1 yard 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards 1 1/2 yards Fabric B, Views B and D * 1/4 yard 1/4 yard 1/4 yard 1/4 yard 1/4 yard 1/4 yard Lining, Views A and B 1 1/4 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 3/4 yards 2 yards 2 yards 2 yards Lining, Views C and D 3/4 yard 1 yard 1 yard 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards 1 1/2 yards
* Contrast neck facing
SIZE 6-12 M 12-18 M 18-24 M 2T 3T 4 Chest 24 3/4" 25 3/4" 26 3/4" 27 3/4" 28 3/4" 29 3/4" Dress Length* 16 1/2" 17 1/2" 18 3/4" 20" 21 1/4" 22 1/4" Tunic Length* 12" 12 1/2" 13 1/2" 14 1/2" 15" 16"
SIZE 5 6 7 8 10 12 Chest 30 3/4" 31 3/4" 32 3/4" 34" 35" 36" Dress Length* 23 1/2" 24 3/4" 26" 27 1/4" 28 1/4" 29 1/2" Tunic Length* 16 3/4" 17 3/4" 18 1/2" 19 1/2" 20" 21"
* Measured from shoulder at neck
English System Size Chest
6-12M 19 19 ½ 19 ½ 27-29 17-22 12-18M 19 ¾ 20 ½ 20 ½ 29-31 22-27 18-24M 20 ½ 21 21 31-33 27-30 2T 21 21 22 33-36 30-33 3T 21 ½ 21 23 36-39 33-36 4 22 ½ 21 ½ 24 39-42 36-39 5 23 ½ 22 25 ½ 42-45 39-44 6 24 ½ 22 ½ 26 ½ 45-49 45-55 7 25 ½ 23 27 ½ 49-52 56-64 8 26 ½ 23 ½ 28 ½ 52-54 65-72 10 28 24 30 54-56 73-77 12 29 25 31 ½ 56-58 78-82 Metric System Size Chest
6-12M 48 50 50 69-74 8-10 12-18M 50 52 51 74-79 10-12 18-24M 52 53 56 79-84 12-14 2T 53 53 56 84-91 14-15 3T 55 53 58 91-99 15-16 4 57 55 61 99-107 16-18 5 60 56 65 107-114 18-20 6 62 57 67 114-124 20-25 7 65 58 70 124-132 25-29 8 67 60 72 132-137 29-33 10 71 61 76 137-142 33-35 12 74 64 80 142-147 35-37
Average rating: (5 of 5) based on 15 reviewsSkating right into my heartReviewed by Florence Taylor (Verified Buyer) on 11/27/2017I loved sewing this dress, it was so beginner friendly ( even with marking the elastic casing lol). I made a muslin without the elastic for a comfortable house dress for my twins and they loved it. I just finished one with the elastic and color blocking and both girls loved it and pouted when they realized it was not theirs. The instructions clear and properly thought out, the best thing I loved was the economical use of fabric. I see more of these "rolling: our way.Was this helpful?Beautiful dress - even for a beginnerReviewed by SFB (Verified Buyer) on 11/05/2016I've only completed a handful of sewing projects, definitely a beginner. The instructions and illustrations were incredibly clear and easy to follow. There was a real sense of accomplishment when I finished this. The dress was beautifully constructed (fully lined!!) and just adorable. So far I've made two and I'm really excited to sew a few more!2 of 3 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Roller Skate DressReviewed by Therese Compton (Verified Buyer) on 07/31/2016I have just cut this dress out and am about to start sewing. If it's like the other Oliver+s patterns I do not anticipate any problems.Was this helpful?Vestido niña: Roller skate dress de Oliver & S.Reviewed by @DoneByAna on 05/10/2016Empezar la casa por el tejado es lo que tiene. Vi un vestido precioso, Library Dress de Oliver & S, y lo que me enamoró realmente fue la tela Michael Miller Swan Lake. Me hice con la tela y la guardé hasta que encontré el patrón ideal. Repasé todos los modelos de vestidos de Oliver & S y al final elegí el ROLLER SKATER DRESS era importante que el vestido no tuviera costuras que cortaran la preciosa cenefa de los cisnes. Así que el otro día al final me puse a cortar, de abajo hacia arriba, para conservar la cenefa completa. Como en el vestido anterior PLAYTIME cogí la talla 8 años y el cuerpo estaba justo, esta vez he optado por la talla de 10 años. Una vez cortado, empecé con las modificaciones. La primera y la más importante no lo he hecho con forro. Así que las pautas para coser, han variado un poco del original, se han simplificado. Simplificado hasta que he llegado al fruncido del pecho. Al no tener forro, he tenido que utilizar el plan B. El plan B: Fruncir con goma elástica. He cortado una goma de la medida del contorno de pecho de la modelo. Realmente he utilizado dos mitades. La he sujetado con alfileres en los extremo y en 3 puntos más intermedios, mitad y cuartos. Esto me ha simplificado el coser la goma estirada, garantizando que en los 4 tramos a coser la tensión era la misma. Para que quedara bien, he utilizado un hilo del color de la tela para el exterior y por si las moscas, en el interior he utilizado el blanco, ya que la goma era negra; hilo de contraste. Que conste que me ha venido de perlas, porque un poquito he tenido que soltar, se me ha atascado. Al no tener forro, me ha resultado complicadísimo hacer el dobladillo de las mangas, así que me he puesto manos a la obra a fabricar mi propio bies. He fabricado un precioso bies con el “agua del lago de los cisnes” y lo he aplicado en las mangas. (Otro día os contaré cómo hice el bies) ¡Y ya está! Otro resultado satisfactorio. Os subo las fotos a flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/donebyana/) http://www.donebyana.com/2016/05/vestido-nina-roller-skate-dress-de.htmlWas this helpful?Love this simple, quick-sew dress!Reviewed by Ashley on 04/15/2016I just bought this pattern in the larger size after loving the smaller size. Great basic play dress with all sorts of embellishment possibilities.Was this helpful?Great advanced beginner projectReviewed by Mary C on 11/01/2015I made this dress in 24 month size using quilting cotton and cotton batiste for the lining.
This was the first time I had done a lining and an elastic casing. Both steps were surprisingly simple to do.
I did get frustrated at one point but it was due to the cut edges of the batiste fraying--it's such a shear fabric.
The directions are very clear and demystified the whole process.
For anyone interested in experimenting with garment sewing, I'd say this is a good pattern to try.2 of 2 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Playful for the kid and the sewist alikeReviewed by Natalie (Verified Buyer) on 09/11/2015An easy-going dress for my active 4 year old and fun to sew thanks to thoughtful instructions and clever construction. This is a perfect canvas for all kinds of customization. This time around, I embroidered a bike parade on the bottom and added in-seam pockets. Next time, who knows? But there will certainly be a next time.3 of 3 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Easy-Cheesy and AdorbsReviewed by Barbara McIver on 08/25/2015How very satisfying to sew with your patterns! Thank you for clear directions (even I couldn't get lost!) and for the styling that captures my heart. Great job, and I look forward to continuing to create adorable clothing.1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?A favorite for my daughterReviewed by Angela Hurtado on 08/01/2015My daughter just loves the dresses I've made using this pattern. They fit her very well, and have lovely details like the variations for the neckline facing and the sweet empire waist and cap sleeves.
It's a lovely shape and has a great finish with the full lining. I appreciate the button loop, which looks much nicer than a regular buttonhole.1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Another pretty and easy creationReviewed by JaB (Verified Buyer) on 06/13/2015I love this dress. My daughter is a little taller than the given American sizing, but it was a cinch to adapt the pattern for her. It was easy and fun to make (especially when adding the applique). My daughter loves her dress and so it looks like I will have to make another one or two...
I love these patterns and appreciate the degree of creativity and solid craftsmanship which goes into making a pattern that works and looks great - without too much fiddly fuss!Was this helpful?Pretty dressReviewed by Denise (Verified Buyer) on 05/31/2015I am a fan of Oliver & S The patterns are easy to download and assemble, instructions are clear and easy to follow. The result is great and looks professional. The dress looks very professional.
Very happy..Was this helpful?Fantastic Roller Kate patternReviewed by Gwen Gaillot on 04/30/2015This is a well written pattern with detailed instructions. My great niece wants to sew a dress for herself and this is a great one for her to try since it is explained so well. I love how the dress I sewed for her little sister came out and it fits her so comfortably. It was so quick, too.Was this helpful?Great patternReviewed by Tatiana on 02/18/2015I've become areal fan of Oliver + s. This Patern is very simple and easy to follow. The result is great and looks professional. The project is finished in a day. Love it!Was this helpful?A pretty everyday dressReviewed by Lynette on 11/04/2014I can't tell you how much I love this design. It's simple, easy to follow and the result is so neat. A pretty everyday dress a 5yr old can play as freely as she can. I made this dress in one morning... I can see myself making more. Love it!2 of 2 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Easy, clear instructions for a lovely dressReviewed by Angela Hurtado on 11/04/2014This was my second Oliver + S pattern and it was a dream to sew. The pattern was easy to print, join and trace, the instructions were clear and supplemented with lots of diagrams and drawings. The little details are lovely and make for a very professional-looking dress. I'm sure this pattern will be in heavy rotation around these parts! https://www.flickr.com/photos/pavoreal/15524786440/in/pool-oliverands1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?
- In the first printing of this pattern, the back-envelope illustration for View A, Back incorrectly showed View B, Back. Refer to the Details tab on this page to see the correct illustration for View A, Back.
Determining Which Printing You Have
As errata are discovered, they are marked for correction in subsequent printings of the pattern. To determine which printing of an instruction sheet or pattern sheet you have, look at the copyright box which appears on each. Toward the bottom of the box, there is a series of numbers.
The lowest number you see there indicates which printing you have. For example, if the lowest number in the box on the instruction sheet is "2," you have an instruction sheet from the second printing. Any errors in the instructions mentioned for the first printing have been corrected in your version. If the lowest number in the box on the pattern sheet is "1," you have a copy of the pattern sheet from the first printing.
Pattern sheets and instructions sheets can be printed separately, so be sure to check the errata notices for pattern pieces against the printing number on the pattern sheet and errata notices for instructions against the printing number on the instruction sheet.
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