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!!