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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