The Tent-Like Staple Dress


With my recent success at using printed PDF patterns, I bought the April Rhodes Staple Dress pattern.  I had seen this over on Camilla’s blog and loved the shape, and she had told me that it was a fairly easy make.  Sounded great to me!  I’ve had the dress below (sale special from New Look!) in my wardrobe for about 5 years and it’s still one of my favourites; the shape is just sooo comfy and flattering!  I had high hopes for this one!


I was an immediate fan of the pattern as there was only 1 piece for the front, 1 piece for the back and the facings pieces.  I inserted pockets and constructed the dress, ready for elastic, in around an hour.  This pleased me quite a lot.


For the gathered waist, the pattern recommends using elastic thread but does give an alternative for if you haven’t got any.  I didn’t have any elastic thread so went with a 1/4″ width length of elastic, stretched it around the waist and stitched in place with a zig-zag stitch.  This is when the dress started to disappoint me a little. 😦  I think that my tension may have been set a little too high as when I was finished with the elastic stitching, it stayed quite stretched out and didn’t really gather!  I think my piece of elastic was a little too long so that didn’t help either.


I still like the dress; even though it is a little tent-like, it is very comfy. I think it looks much better with a belt.  Next time though, I think I will be cutting the smaller size and maybe casing the elastic around the waist instead….and using a smaller piece!!

7 thoughts on “The Tent-Like Staple Dress

    1. Thank you 🙂 I think I much prefer it with the belt! Unfortunately, I didn’t make the quilt….it’s a fake printed quilted pattern with rows of stitching…from Walmart :-0

  1. Argh there’s always something! It looks cute with the belt though and it has gathered a bit which is enough I think 🙂

  2. I love the staple dress — but i used elastic thread in mine and I did more than recommended for a cinched waist. This does help with the tent-like aspect!

    1. I like the sound of elastic thread but it scares me a little as I’ve never used it before 😳 I will be trying to get some though to see if I can perfect this pattern!

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