I just love April Rhodes and I'm so excited she asked me to be a part of the blog hop launching her first printed (and PDF) pattern, the Staple Dress. Surely you must have seen it by now? Every blogger in sew-iverse seems to be sporting this very wearable frock! I posted about it in my Collage blog party here, so I'll spare you a re-post. This dress sincerely rocks. It is an everyday dress for every body shape. You're going to make this dress in every fabric (and most especially voile) and wear it all the time. It is super flattering and comfortable.
So what with it being summer and all, and what with all the Lego all over my house and puzzles covering the dining table, and what with the lack of a live-in nanny or housekeeper or cook, I am kind of busy in the best way having time-IN with my family. So, I damn well knew I had to do this post and I waited until way, way too late to attempt to make a dress, and I'll tell you something–it didn't matter! It comes together so fast that you only need a couple of hours. And what with me being a pathological rule-breaker and unable to follow a pattern (even though I can write them) I had to make a few adjustments:
- I sewed mine in tissue paper thin, sheer t-shirt knit.
- Don't do that.
- I have never sewn with t-shirt knit, let alone sheer, thin t-shirt knit.
- If you sew things, you should use pins.
- Pinning is a great, great idea when you are sewing with thin, sheer knit that you have never sewn with before.
- I didn't add pockets.
- I didn't add facings because I sorta kinda (in my own non-serger way) overlocked the edges with a zigzag stitch.
- It is so sheer that it is probably the world's first Staple Dress nightgown/bathing suit cover-up. But I LOVE it.
- I won't show you close-ups because you'd fall off your chair at the shoddy workmanship...see above part about lack of nanny, puzzles and Lego everywhere, need I mention it again that I am taking time-IN with my kids?
- Lastly, it is hot in Arizona in case you were wondering. Just saying.
- My dog ate my Staple Dress.
- Oh, I also cut the neckline a little wider so as to be more open and flowy because of the lingerie-like material.
See the artsy filters on the photos of my dress below? They are hiding a multitude of sewing sins!
|All gorgeous and amazing photos of the COLLAGE stuff are courtesy of Jill McNamara.|