Dora – Ladies’ Skater Dress Sewing Pattern


Fresh and Functional, The Dora Will Take You from Day to Night in One Beautifully-Simple Tailored Pattern

Ladies Skater Dress

The Dora Dress sewing pattern is an advanced-beginner sew that will give you one of the most versatile dresses you’ll ever make! The fitted and lined bodice, nipped in waist, and flared knee-length skirt form a flattering silhouette that suits all body types, and can be used to create many different looks from different woven fabrics.

The optional choices for sleeves (sleeveless, cap, and gathered cap) add even more versatility to the dress. You can use this pattern to make a sleeveless sundress or a more formal cap-sleeved garment. Go from beach to party to dinner date to wedding to work to church with one lovely pattern. Add horsehair braid to the hem for va-va-voom structure.

And, of course, there are optional POCKETS (because we love a pocket!).

The Dora is just as beautiful inside as it is on the outside, with the lining detail and optional French seam finishes.  It’s fastened together with an invisible zip, giving it a beautiful boutique finish.

Ladies Skater Dress

This is an advanced-beginner-friendly pattern and the detailed instructions that will guide you step-by-step to a beautifully flattering, comfortable, and versatile dress. If you have never sewn an invisible zip before, don’t worry! The tutorial with help you along and you will learn a new skill; it’s like having a personal sewing teacher on hand to help.

Ladies Skater Dress

“I made the sleeveless version and I was amazed by the outcome. The instructions are very clear and straightforward. I fell in love with the length, the fit and the design. Very appropriate for my day job. What I saw is what I got ??” – Frieda Flavianu

“Dora has a lovely vintage feel to it! With a structured bodice and flared skirt with pockets! Make it casual or fancy depending on your fabric choices. This dress is a lovely addition to your wardrobe.” – Jennifer Lichak

“Lovely easy, clear instructions. I’ve never lined anything before or inserted a zip but managed well! Dress is a very flattering fit, I love it!” – Vicky Hughes

Ladies Skater Dress

The Dora is designed for medium-weight wovens with no stretch. If you use a stiffer fabric, it will give the dress more structure. Some excellent choices for the Dora are duchess satin, crepe satin, cotton drill, cotton lawn, taffeta, velvet, wool, cotton, and polycotton.

View our full tester gallery on our Facebook Page here: The Dora Dress

Ladies Skater Dress

Fresh and Functional, The Dora Will Take You from Day to Night in One Beautifully-Simple Tailored Pattern


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This trim-free pattern comes in A4 or US letter printable sizes and includes full pattern pieces and a detailed tutorial to guide you every step of the way. An A0 format (pattern pieces only) is also included should you wish to have your pattern printed professionally. PDF Layers allow you to select and print only the size/s you want.

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