Saturday, 31 May 2014

The Staple Dress for Perfect Pattern Parcel #3

This week i've been sewing The Staple Dress by April Rhodes, which is one of five patterns in the Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 bundle. For the first Perfect Pattern Parcel I made the Ava Dress by Victory Patterns.

'Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity in order to help classrooms in need. Together they've raised almost $4,500 towards eliminating educational inequality.'

What patterns are in Perfect Pattern Parcel #3?

Poppy Tunic by Make it Perfect
Water Bottle Tote by Radiant Home Studio
Jorna Tank Dress by Jenna Brand
Staple Dress by April Rhodes
Bombshell Swimsuit by Closet Case Files

And a bonus newly released pattern (see end of post for more details)!

To help promote Perfect Pattern Parcel to raise funds for charity, I decided to make The Staple Dress by April Rhodes. This dress has a simple pattern and could easily be made in a day or less! The dress has either a straight hemline or a more dramatic drop hem with optional pockets. The pattern comes with photo instructions and plenty of detail to help you sew your dress together.

I made a medium size with pockets and drop hem, which only needed 2.5m of fabric. I chose a lightweight cotton, although other softer fabrics with more drape would give more movement to the drop hem.

First I attached the pockets and then the shoulder seams (french seams for a neat finish) and these were topstitched down.

Next the side seams were sewn together and around the pockets before finishing the seams.

Then the facing was attached and topstitched from the front. I was lucky and didn't have any bunching but with more stretchy fabrics this will probably happen. I also clipped the neckline before encasing it.

Next the arm holes were finished in the same way as the neck facing, which gives all these edges a professional finish.

Now the dress was sewn together it was time to add the elastic shirring to the waist. At this point it's good to try the dress on and work out where you want the shirring to be. Also don't panic that the dress seems huge, it won't once the elastic is on! I did five rows of elastic, which was enough to gather the dress sufficiently, otherwise it would have been too loose. I also had to wind my elastic on quite tight to get the shirring effect. 

Remember to tie the ends of your elastic on the wrong side of the dress otherwise it can come loose.

Finally I finished the hem, and only shortened it by 2cm for a double hemline as I was happy with the length.

This is a simple pattern to make, which gives you an easy wearing dress for summer, a perfect Saturday sewing project!

Bonus Pattern:
Choose a price of $28 or greater for Parcel #3 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is Prefontaine Shorts for Women by Made with Moxie. This shorts pattern has a retro trim, loads of pockets, two inseams and are so comfortable you won't want to take them off. Includes sizes 0 - 24. Exclusive launch on Pattern Parcel. Be the first to own this pattern!

Which other bloggers are taking part in Perfect Pattern Parcel 3?

Friday, May 30 Sew Busy Lizzy

Saturday, May 31 the Brodrick design studio

Sunday, June 1 Diary of a Chainstitcher a happy stitch sew Amy sew

Monday, June 2 Casa Crafty

Tuesday, June 3 Casa Crafty a happy stitch

Wednesday, June 4 a happy stitch Casa Crafty

Thursday, June 5 verypurpleperson Casa Crafty sew a straight line

Friday, June 6 a happy stitch

Saturday, June 7 Casa Crafty 'So, Zo... What do you know?'

Sunday, June 8 A Stitching Odyssey Sew Charleston

Monday, June 9

Tuesday, June 10 Welcome to the Mouse House Adventures in Dressmaking

Wednesday, June 11

Thursday, June 12 Sanae Ishida

Friday, June 13 Seamster Sewing Patterns


  1. Rachael, this looks so lovely on you! What a great color for you. Thanks for the tip about winding the elastic thread tighter on the bobbin. I wonder if that would help on my machine to create a greater shirring effect? I'll try it when I make my next Staple Dress.

    Thank you for sewing and sharing! Nicely done!

  2. Thanks to you both, it's a really nice pattern to use as it's simple and quick to make!