In Sewing

the staple dress

Simple sewing is where it’s at for me right now, I made another dress already! This is The Staple Dress by April Rhodes. I’ve wanted to give it a try since forever, but this bout of tendinitis is what really made it a priority for me. It’s a pretty Plain Jane type of pattern but the shaping at the waist and the hi-low hem option keep it interesting.

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Ideally this pattern would be better suited for a rayon or a voile, or some kind of fabric with a bit more drape and flow (which is why I went with the straight hem and not the hi-low) but I loves me a quilting cotton so that’s what a chose and it totally works. I also need to have ALL THE DEER THINGS right now so… yeah. Quilting cotton. Pretty dresses. Deer-y things. Yes please.

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the fabric: Lineage by Anna Maria Horner

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I tried elastic shirring for the first time in years, and thanks to Devon’s Sewing Party class, it looks awesome! I don’t think I’d wear this dress out and about without a fun belt, but it’s nice to know I have nice stretchy gathers underneath to keep everything in place regardless.

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You’ve heard me say several times that I never pay attention to my print placement and I just always get lucky when stuff matches up. Well this time I left nothing to chance and took meticulous extra steps to make sure the linear direction of the print carried straight across the dress. I was mostly paying attention to how the oval motifs were lining up, and not the smaller details within them, but I did get really lucky on one side at the bottom where the little deer is almost seamlessly matched!

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Unlike my last post where it was snowing on and off all day and I was freezing, it was actually surprisingly beautiful out this time! Nearly 65 degrees and not really sweater weather until the sun started going down. As much as I love the Fall season, I have to admit this imposter summer weather was awfully nice.

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Another thing I love about this pattern is how practical it is. I can just throw it on and go. The kimono style built-in sleeves and the simple shaping at the waist is reminiscent of some of the late 1940s style house dresses that I love so much. A simple dress pattern like this really works well for a big novelty print fabric, and you know how I love those!

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Outfit Details
Belt – Potomac Leather Co
Sweater – thredUP
Dress – made by me
Leggings – Old Navy
Boots – Dirty Laundry
Glasses – El Ria c/o Victory Optical

photos by William Waldon

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Though most likely not what the dress pattern was originally designed for, The Staple Dress does make for a good frolicking-through-the-woods outfit 😉

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What kinds of sewing projects are you frolicking around in lately?

xo
Rochelle

  • Beautiful!

  • Helen Asher

    I love a simple dress and I love quilting cotton, such a cute dress you’ve made. BTW, your photos are gorgeous.

  • Haha, I love that last picture! Have to admit, I’m surprised by how much I like this dress, it’s not a style I usually go for, but it looks really comfy and flattering, not to mention the colours and print are fantastic as usual!

  • Ah! This is such a cute outfit! Simply lovely.

  • That print is the prettiest!!! Yes to all things DEER!!!!!!!

    JJ
    http://www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

  • This looks great! I love the print and the colour looks amazing on you! That cardigan is pretty cool too.

  • Such a lovely, simple, day dress! And that fabric totally makes it!!

  • bimbleandpimble

    Rochelle, this is gorgeous! Those colours are spectacular!

  • Oh this is so fun! I love these colors and the binding and your belt! What a fun print too! Glad you are able to find some creative outlet as you heal!

  • Goodness, these photos and your lovely new dress alike are both stop-you-in-your-tracks beautiful.

    ♥ Jessica

  • This dress is a testament of how far a great silhouette and print can go. I love everything about it.

  • I really love your new Woodland Sprite look! It suits you so well 🙂 I am currently frolicking in Laurel shift dresses and Washi dresses 🙂

  • What a lovely pattern and a chic dress!

  • I love the dress! The binding on at the hem, neck, armholes makes it!

  • That print is fabulous! Adorable photos, too.

  • It’s SO pretty!!! The fabric, the cut, all of it.

  • You are just lovely Rochelle!! So happy to read this today! Xo April
    Ps I’m sending you a little email/proposal in a bit. Another super simple, easy to cut pattern! 🙂

    • Eeeeeeee! Thank you, April!! So excited for your email. Can’t wait 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Such a colourful frendly happy post!