Ok, so I picked up a print pattern copy of the Staple Dress by April Rhodes on a recent trip to Toronto…from The Workroom (love that store!) I had been thinking about this pattern for a long time after seeing so many versions of it in the blogosphere since it was released. So even though I may be late on the bandwagon I finally gave in and picked up a copy.
I really prefer purchasing print patterns rather than downloading the pdf but given the lack of any real great independent fabric shop in the Buffalo area I usually have to download- unless I visit a major city- boo. Anyways, the pattern was purchased and since then I have made 4 versions- yikes. Each time I attempted a different fabric choice to see what works best for me. I kept wanting to try again to make me love it- but not sure if I still do. I guess I will see once the weather changes and I can style them with boots and cardigans. I am sure they will be great when I go back to work in the fall, just not sure if they are the greatest silhouette for my body as is.
So, here is actually my fourth version…but my first to blog about. Using less than 2 yards of leftover Blue Denim Heather Jersey from Girlcharlee.com I sewed this up last night. I used a light blue store bought bias tape, and made the pockets out of a scrap of mustard/cream fabric. I have never used a woven bias tape on a knit fabric before but I think it worked out great and provided some stability to the neckline and armholes. Unfortunately I did not adjust for the stretch of the jersey and should have sized down a size in the pattern for this fabric. This is particularly a problem for the armholes- I apologize for the glimpses of my bra in some of these pictures- the armholes are HUGE! Not sure I will be wearing this much until I can throw on a cardigan. Or just don’t raise up my arms. That’s practical right? I am thinking I might do a post in a few months on how I style all of these summer dresses when the season changes- I am already excited about it!
I love how this is paired with a wide belt, the ruching on the waist doesn’t really provide enough structure or definition for me but it is super comfy. I chose to make the drop hem version, and simply serged the hemline. This is my favorite finish on a light jersey like this, plus I really hate hemming knits so it is a win-win. Easy and fast as long as you have a matching thread color!
I really want to love this pattern, it fits well, is super comfortable and easy but not the best for flattering my shape. I’ve tried it in a heavier denim fabric, a lighweight printed linen/cotton, a voile and now a jersey. My favorite version by far is the shortened voile version I made…I’ll try to blog it soon!