Nicolette Skater Dress


Welcome to the Nicolette dress tutorial. Here you’ll be able to find a step by step guide on how to make this dress. If you want to download a pattern for this dress you can find it here (CLICK). The fabric used for this dress is mentioned in your booklet which is included when you purchase this pattern.

  • We are going to start by making gathers on the two front panels and back panel. The triangle shape on your pattern is where the gathers should be. When you cut out the fabric pieces make two notches to know where gathering should start and end. 
  • Make a stitch line between the two notches leaving the thread tail. Pull by one thread to create the gathers. Keep pulling the thread until the top waist-length matches the skirt waist length. Repeat the same steps on the back panel making sure that the length of the top with gathers is the same as the back skirt panel.
  • Overlock the left front panel and left side of the back panel. Stitch sides together for approx. 2cm measuring from the hem and then create a 4cm gap (this is where the belt will wrap over) then continue the stitch line all the way to the armhole. 
  • Press the seam open and make two secure backtack stitches at the top and bottom of the opening.
  • Then join all front pieces with the back piece at the right side and shoulders. Stitch and overlock those three edges.
  • Double fold the edge by 5mm and topstitch the whole neckline.
  • Moving on to the skirt. Prepare three skirt panels.
  • Sew skirt sides together and ovelock the edge.
  • We are going to finish off them the same way we did with top. By double folding the hem by 5mm and topstitching.
  • Once all of your hems are done we can now sew the top and skirt together. The top should be a bit longer than the skirt. Approximately 1cm longer on each side. We will need that extra bit to attach the straps on each side.

Now we are going to bind the seam using a waist binding stripe provided in the pattern file. By doing this step we are going to cover all of the threads and stitches making our garment neater and with a nicer finish.

Stitch the strap to the waist seam allowance.

Double folded it to cover the seam line and topstitch.

This is how it should look like once you’re done. The inside seam is nicely covered.

  • Next step is to attach the belts. You’ll want to add a shorter belt to your left side and longer belt to your right side. The dress can wrap over on both sides to the left and to the right and if you made your belt hole on the right side then you’ll need to add a longer belt to the left side.
  • The rule is that you need to add a longer belt to the opposite side of the belt opening.
  • Fold the belt in half and insert the top edge inside. Making sure that the top bit falls right into the belt’s fold line and that you have approx. 1cm left at the bottom. I would highly recommend first pin it into position to see how it will look before sewing. Once everything is right in place, sew the belt as shown on the image.

Press the seam and fold inside the bottom of the belt by 1cm. Topstitch the belt.

    • This is how it should look like. On the right side, you can see only a topstitch of skirt and top as well as the belt’s topstitch line. From the inside binded waist seam allowance should be tucked into the belt and the topstitch line of the belt should be both aligned.
  • The last step is to add sleeves to the dress. Fold the sleeve in half then stitch and overlock the edge. Next, fold them by 1cm and then again by 2cm and topstitch. Insert the sleeves to armholes. Stitch and overlock the edge.

and Voila! 

This dress is super easy to make. All you need is some extra patience to make topstitching as neat as possible. I’ve made my dress in white linen fabric but you can use various different fabrics to make it.