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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