To be a staple is to be an integral part of something.
A couple of weeks ago I finished up my Staple Dress. Soon after I wore it. I love it!
This could be my entire blog post, but wait…. there’s more. Isn’t there always? April Rhodes is a genius. She has created a pattern (the staple dress) that gives all of us a chance to upgrade our wardrobes by becoming an integral part of our wardrobes. I don’t think she is aware of how important and significant her pattern is.
It is super comfy, yet stylish it’s the modern woman’s house coat? Is that a bad thing to say? I mean it in the most complimentary way.
One thing I tend to do when I am interested in sewing a garment, is that I stress over the fabric I choose. Not so much the type of fabric, but the color and pattern of the fabric. I want to be sure that it is something I will wear again and again… I like the pink fabric I chose for the Staple Dress, but I don’t think it is going to be worn a ton in the fall and winter. So my plan is to make a few of these in Black, Navy and maybe a plaid. I think it would be great in a black and white polka dot, don’t you?
April has made this pattern easy to modify and wear. There aren’t any bust darts or form-fitting seams to worry about- it’s customizable. I modified mine a little bit.
Here’s what I did:
I created a chamber for an elastic insert around the entire midriff of the dress.
In the front of the dress, I inserted 1 1/4″ elastic creating 6 inches of gathering.
In the back of the dress, I inserted the elastic into the chamber creating 8 inches of gathering.
The sides of the dress, remain smooth and ungathered. I also opted for the on seam pockets, I just love to have a place to hang my hands!
Here’s a picture of the front of the dress, while I am wearing it. I am mostly happy with the result and when I sew the other dresses, I will use this same method.
One thing, I am not happy about:
When I added the bias tape to the neckline, I think I stretched the fabric a little and because of this, the collar tends to flare out. You sew and learn, right? The next time, I won’t do that!!!
Now, on to April’s Date Night Dress. This pattern boasts, 2 dress patterns in 1. Yay!
So, go sew something already! 🙂
Have a great weekend!
Oh and by the way.. This is my 100th Post! Yay!