May 27, 2013 7

The Dresses

By in crochet, making stuff is good

As per request, the dresses. I apologize for the Instagramification of it all, but I’m 100% iPad these days and can’t be bothered to pay for the good photoshop app. I do not have a picture of #1 because it was a test run.

The pattern is called The Staple Dress, and it’s designed by April Rhodes. She’s amazing and awesome. I’ve fiddled it a bit to fit me better, I have a long torso and stubby legs, so I dropped the pockets 1 1/2″. I also just sew around, I’m not terribly great with patterns or instructions so I just sewed for armpit to hem, around the pockets, all in one swoop. I also did a blind hem on these three because its challenging and looks great.

#2 Made in a Libert Lifestyle print, the fabric washes up really nicely. It’s a little lighter than normal quilting cotton. I love this one, it’s classic and pretty. It has bright red print (also Liberty) pockets and neck/sleeve binding. I cut the neckline down an inch+ from the shoulder seams so my giant noggin would fit through better. I wear a size M, I’m almost 5’10″ and weigh 150lbs.

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#3 Made in a feather print by Martha Negley. I made this one short, it’s just a top, because I only had so much fabric and I was having the itch to cut and sew. I like it, but no pockets.

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#4 Made in a lovely Japanese style fish print. I got this fabric at a quilt store here in Toronto that I’d never been to before but the owner knew who I was, which made me laugh and feel at ease. I was just about to leave empty handed-I really wanted a yellow or pink staple-when I saw this print and went for it. The pockets and binding are a different colourway of the feather print, in mustard, because fish and feathers are poetic together. I LOVE this dress. The awesome part is that I started work on it quite early in the day and accidentally cut two fronts!! Ack! I made it work, though, just cut the front (front?) about an inch down and cut an extra long binding and it all worked out beautifully. Clearly a simple, perfect, pattern that works for my limited garment making skills!

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Thank you April for making me think I can sew garments!

7 Responses to “The Dresses”

  1. JoAnn says:

    I watched transfixed last week as the fish pattern went from a piece of fabric to a perfectly completed dress in 1 1/2 hrs. Amazing!

  2. MissJanet says:

    Ohhh,that is pretty. I like all patterns, they all look good on you. Sigh, I wish my sewing machine would work and I wish I could sew. :)

  3. Collette says:

    Oooh, I particularly love the last one. That is really great fabric!

  4. Rhiannon says:

    ooh – I’m inspired! Going to buy the pattern and attempt a dress – How long did it take you?

  5. Caitlin Jane says:

    The first attempt took several hours but it really does get easier each time. I’m fairly confident I could make one from pinning the pattern to the fabric to the blind hem in about 2 hours now.

  6. MysterySister says:

    I love your fabric choices, especially the floral. When I was a kid, my mum made quite a lot of clothes for my sisters and I. That floral fabric is identical (in my memory) to some my mum used for a skirt for me and dress for my youngest sister

    That does it! I’m getting out my sewing machine and having a trawl through the family photos!

  7. Jess says:

    I love the patterns!! I’ve been looking in dress stores for dresses and I really love all of the prints that are popular this season. I have zero sewing skills so I’ll just keep admiring everyone’s :)

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