I first discovered the Staple Dress on the Spool of Thread website when looking at the classes they offer; it was cute! I attempted a few times to sign up for the class but either didn’t have the time or the money for the dates offered. I plan to one day attend one of their classes..maybe the beginners quilting?!
I finally decided, after many months of seeing people posting photos of their dresses, to just suck it up and try it out; it seemed like a simple enough pattern. I went down to Spool of Thread, which sells the patterns in-person locally, and picked up both the Staple Dress and Date Night Dress by April Rhodes along with some cute fabric.
After washing and ironing the fabric then taking a look at the instructions I decided to start working on the Staple Dress. It is an easy pattern so I do recommend it for those trying out making their own clothes; just a few steps and a choice between pockets, no-pockets, regular hem or drop them. They also explain how to mix the sizes if you’re a M on top but another size on the bottom, etc.
I chose pockets with a regular hem because I’m simple like that. haha.
There is one downside to the pattern and only one… the sizing is a little off in my opinion. I went with the XL because my measurements were between the L and XL sizes which turned out to be a big mistake. Generally I wear a L or XL for clothing, so I thought it would be fine. They warn you that it’s a large pattern, that it will look like a hospital gown, and it will look better once you add a belt/do the shirring/add elastic to the waist but that didn’t really work out for me on my first attempt…
Could be a few things though like measuring myself, the size clothing for stores is made, etc etc.
Even after the shirring, which was a pain, it was still waaaay to large and adding a belt just made it look awkward because of all the extra fabric on the top. At the advice of Spool of Thread on instagram, I basted it down to a size L to see if it would work better; sadly it was still much too large, even with a belt.
I decided I would try again but this time from scratch with the fabric I had originally intended to make the Date Night dress with. It had been suggested to me that based on my instagram photos I might need to go down a size or two from XL. Since basting to size L still didn’t look good I decided to make my next attempt a size M.
It worked out a lot better than my first attempt although it still looked like a hospital gown with the waist added. I ended up keeping the XL neckline because I’m not a fan of tight collars; I left the arm holes as M though I think going up to L (or in-between both) would be better for me in the future comfort-wise. I think I would also consider making the lower half a L so a bit more room as I can’t wear leggings without the dress sticking to them awkwardly.
Don’t you just love the fabric?!
I attempted to add shirring to the dress but as is common with me and elastic thread, I got frustrated and gave up. I picked up some elastic from the sewing store and added it instead but rather than adding it to the same straight line marked the front and back separately. I hate dresses where you put them on and the front elastic rides higher than the back because obviously when you put it on the front section isn’t flat like the back due to boobs.
I’m not a fan of the elastic and don’t find it too comfortable so I may end up taking it out all together as I plan to wear belts anyways but in the meantime it’ll stick around.
Overall I am happy with how it turned out. The first attempt was very frustrating so I waited about a week before my second attempt but I am glad I tried again. If I make this dress again I will definitely choose a different type of fabric..I went with cotton, because I love cotton; it’s just too stiff for my liking.
I look forward to making the Date Night dress and another trip to Spool of Thread for some fabric to make it! They have an awesome selection of fabric and I want it all.
I wore the dress for the first time this past Sunday to E’s baptism at a local church. I paired it with ballet flats (I really need to invest in some wedge heels), one of my handmade photo necklaces, my black belt and a purple cardigan.
I took a selfie before leaving but got Kyle to take a shot when we got home a few hours later..though I wasn’t looking as prim and proper haha.
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