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We're really pleased to bring you this sparkly skater dress, created by one of our talented bloggers Amy Thomas, who blogs over at Almond Rock. It's always so interesting for us to see fabrics made into something amazing, as our usual view of our materials is a warehouse full of racks and racks of rolls of fabrics. It's so hard to imagine these rolls becoming anything else....so it's always wonderful to see when they do! This fantastic garment is the perfect dress to take you from daytime to evening effortlessly....giving you some Summer sparkle, whilst you stay cool. We love this one! Here's the make in full:

Sparkly skater dress


Today I’m really happy to share a lovely sparkly number. This is a happy little dress that makes me smile while wearing it!!

This is the perfect skater dress (McCalls 6754) made in metallic foiled jersey.

I made this dress in association with a new online store, White Tree Fabrics, who specialise in dressmaking fabrics, haberdashery and patterns.

The dress has a darted front, dipped back, and brilliantly swishy circle skirt. I really like the other options in the pattern and will definitely be making it up again.

Skater dress

The jersey is pretty lightweight so I backed the bodice with some blue medium-weight jersey I had in my stash.

One thing to note is not to wash or iron this fabric on too high a heat. High temperature can destroy the sparkle in the fabric and at worst, can melt under the heat of your iron and be rather messy! (Note from White Tree - see here for our recommended wash care.)

The arm and neckholes, and hem are turned under and topstitched (I used a twin needle). And I used my serger to construct all the seams except the darts.

Sparkly skater dress collage

So it turns out it’s reeeeally hard to photograph something metallic without having your camera flash turned on (when we did it looked like the sun had exploded).

The dress looks silver on these photos but in person it definitely has a gold sheen.

Here’s my final attempt, inside with all the lights pointed at me.

Sparkly Skater Dress close up

I can confirm after buying some of White Tree’s spotted mesh fabric recently (trust me I do still buy fabric) that the price was great, delivery was quick and my fabrics came wrapped around card which was nice.

If you'd like a go at creating this dress yourself, here's everything you need:

Shop for the Metallic Jersey ► Here.

Shop for linings here ► Premium Viscose Lining,  Formaldehyde Free Lining (suitable for childrenswear too!) & Taffeta Lining.

Shop for the Sewing Pattern ► Here.