Wednesday, 17 July 2013

A staple Staple Dress!

I've been umming and ahhing over the Staple Dress for a while now - it looks like exactly the sort of thing I'd love to wear and that would go great with leggings so perfect for the colder months but it also looks like the sort of thing that could be completely shapeless on me. What to do?!

When Minerva Crafts contacted me about the Laurel Dress I asked very cheekily if I could buy some jersey and have it sent over at the same time and they very kindly included it for free. How nice of them is that?!

The Staple Dress is really quick to do - just five pieces, 9 if you add the pockets in which I did.

I think the longest part of making this dress was matching up the fabric on the fold - the pattern goes both horizontal and vertical so it had to be level, and I didn't really want a white bird highlighting my chest (like headlights, if I got the placement wrong - eek!) so I took my time over cutting it out.

Once cut out it came together really quickly. Having read a couple of blog posts and after holding the pattern pieces up against myself I decided to lower the front neckline slightly to make it a bit more comfortable for me around the neck. I also adjusted the drop hemline as although I always admire them sometimes the difference in lengths makes me feel a bit schizophrenic...!!!

On a whim I decided to hand-stitch the hem in place: I didn't want a solid line of stitching around the bottom and sometimes it's socialable to sit with Mr f&f of an evening! So, would you like to see my finished dress?
Staple dress by fabricandflowersuk

I love it and am so happy with the final fit, it's so comfortable! I can see many more of these in my future and I may even try shirring on my next version.

So, details are;
Pattern::: Staple Dress by April Rhodes, size XS
Fabric::: Bird Print Jersey
Mods::: lowered the front neckline by 1/2", re-drew the drop hem at the front (the highest point is halfway between original lines for the straight & drop hem)

I'm thinking it would also look lovely in this and this which are slightly more summery in colour, and this remnant would make a lovely dress!!

Thanks again to Minerva Crafts for sending me some lovely fabrics to play with!


Today's sky ● bright blue & boiling hot.......again!!!

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Nicky said...

Too hot to wear to FQR? If not I hope to see you in it!

Vicki said...

I think this is totally flattering! Love the added pockets. Yes, this would be great in a summery print.

made by ChrissieD said...

The dress is fabulous and looks super great on you - all the better for the changes you made (I dropped by and took a look at the original pattern and really think you've improved on it). Another fabulous weather report too - can't be bad, have a great fqr weekend :)

Lynne said...

Your dress is lovely, I love your fabric. I haven't come across this pattern before, so thanks for the link.

Lauren said...

This is so lovely! I am pondering what size to make for myself. I did a muslin in a S and felt like it swallowed me. I took it in to an XS and like that much better...but I have total anxiety over cutting my Liberty fabric!!!

Anonymous said...

What is your typical dress size? I'm just trying to gauge the size I'm choosing.

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