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Jul 30, 2013

A Quilter takes on The Staple Dress

Jul 30, 2013
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My first dress.  Ever.  Do you believe it?  I cannot.  I actually did it!  I'm not sure why it has taken me this long to sew my first dress.  Maybe if I had little girls I would be seasoned at garment sewing by now.  But with my 3 boys, I've never made it past embellished t-shirts.
Enter The Staple Dress.  April Rhodes is the daughter half of the mother-daughter team that runs my LQS, Sew to Speak.  She has made quite a stir around the web with her pattern debut, The Staple Dress.  And when we reconnected at Market, I decided I definitely needed to make her pattern.  But I don't sew clothes?
The Staple Dress was a great pattern to start with.  It's supposed to be for newbies like me, so between that and supporting a local and friend, it was meant to be.  I selected a fabric I bought years ago at Mood Fabrics NYC.  It's a cotton blend that has a great woven texture.  
I can tell I have MUCH to learn about sewing for myself.  Getting the right fit will take a bit of education.  Like many I suspect, I am a different size on top than I am on the bottom.  So learning to get both portions of a dress to fit correctly will be a learning process.  Luckily, The Staple Dress is meant to be forgiving for the beginner.  It's a loose fitting and comfortable dress.  So overall, I think I ended up ok.  The top half is a bit loose, so I think I will go down one size next time.  And I'd add a few inches at the bottom so it hit below the knee.

I think I may try making another - but this time tweaking it a little more to my body type, now that I know how this one drapes.  Craziness - but it's so exciting to try something new!

Photography by my 6 year old.  Modeling done by Me - trying to be *mysterious* or *aloof?* while my kids are bebopping all over my front porch and the roofers next door are watching. It was a fun photo shoot :)



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5 comments:

  1. I went to fat quarterly Retreat last weekend and heard and saw the staple dress too. I realized I could take to plunge too, with such a forgiving pattern. I hear the Washi dress is also quite lenient... Your staple looks great! Not too loose, IMO :D

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  2. Great job...Now that you have gotten your feet wet. I bet it wan't belong before you sew anothr garmet.

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  3. I'd love to see a behind the scenes of your photo shoot! :)
    It really looks great, AnneMarie!

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  4. Nice job! It looks great! My hat's off to you - I have girls and I still haven't managed any garment sewing. : )

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