Lady Skater/Simplicity 1699 Frankendress

This dress combines the bodice, skirt, and sleeves of the Lady Skater dress with the neckline and collar of Simplicity 1699.


But then I swapped in an exposed zip for the lapped zip.


And added a sweet patch pocket.


Main dress fabric is an organic cotton interlock. Collar and pocket are a woven cotton I bought ages ago (pretty sure from, but a quick search isn’t yielding the name).


This dress is a bit shorter than I usually like (poor cutting layout on my part), but I plan to wear it layered over a midi-length skirt anyway. I also accidentally shortened the bodice too much–long story short, I failed to take into account the fact that the Simplicity pattern’s seam allowance was much bigger than the Lady Skater’s. Oh, well. I just need a wide belt to cover that up, haha.

One more item down!

Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe Sewing Queue


  1. MAKE: Knee-length Hollyburn in black cotton poplin; white lining with white eyelet ruffle (longer than overskirt); contour waistband; elastic in back of waistband
  2. DONE: Maxi petticoat skirt in black voile, gathered at waist with back elastic
  3. DONE: Brown midi petticoat skirt 
  4. IN PROCESS: Blue denim Hollyburn–need to take in waistband
  5. IN PROCESS: Black floral circle skirt with attached black eyelet petticoat–need to replace waistband
  6. DONE: White midi petticoat
  7. IN PROCESS: Brown maxi petticoat skirt–needs a new waistband and closure


  1. DONE: Sweetheart t-shirt in white interlock (from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual)
  2. MAKE: Sweetheart t-shirt in black jersey
  3. DONE: Peplum top from Lady Skater in cream jersey
  4. HAVE: Black & white polka dot Bronte top
  5. HAVE: Gray & black horses print Bronte top
  6. DONE: Black tunic top from Weekender Dress pattern
  7. IN PROCESS: Black gauze top–need to add shirring to waist


  1. HAVE: Gray floral Lady Skater
  2. HAVE: Black and gray Weekender Dress
  3. HAVE: Green and pink floral Lady Skater
  4. HAVE: Green knee-length dress with neck ties (purchased)
  5. MAKE: Green Lady Skater w/ collar and back zip
  6. MAKE: Dress in black interlock with Nevermore collar (Simplicity 1699 view B, however, may use the Lady Skater for this, too)


  1. MAKE: Long-sleeve bolero in gray (or black?) linen or laceweight sweater knit or lightweight sweatshirt fleece (Butterick 5232) (currently, I’m jonesing for a ballet cardigan instead, so may change this)
  2. HAVE: Olive military jacket (purchased, but need to fix closures)
  3. HAVE: Gray jersey elbow-length cardigan w/ ruffles (purchased)
  4. HAVE: Black and cream lightweight sweater knit cardigan (purchased)
  5. HAVE: Jean jacket (purchased)