Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Free as a Bird ~ Staple Dress

SCHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL'S OUT ! FOR ! SUMMER!!!! And I am one happy camper ... erhm, I mean teacher. Don't get me wrong, teaching those 650 cute little children music all day, every day is an awesome job! But sometimes a girl needs a break before she throws something or someone out the proverbial window ;) And besides, summer break = SEWING!!!

This dress is the Staple Dress by April Rhodes. It is one of the patterns included in the third Perfect Pattern Parcel!!! Here's a little more info about PPP:
Pattern Parcel #3 includes:
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
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. Exclusive launch on Pattern Parcel. Be the first to own this pattern!
About Pattern Parcel: 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. We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we've raised almost $4,500 towards eliminating educational inequality. (YEAH!!!!)

Okay back to the dress... here are the details:

Pattern: April Rhodes Staple Dress (courtesy of Perfect Pattern Parcel :)

Fabric: Birds Black White Crepe - Joann's

Sizing / Alterations: Size S in Bust / Waist, Size XL in hips, at first I added a couple inches length but ended up cutting off and hemming at original-ish length

Construction Notes:

- No shirring at waist - I prefer a loose tunic that is gathered by whatever belt I choose to wear with it. Then I don't have to worry about the belt being the right size to fit exactly where the shirring / waistline is on my dress (personal pet peeve) and if I want, I can also wear it as a mod shift dress!
- No facings - sleeves and neckline serged, turned under twice and topstitched
- No pockets :(

The Verdict: A super quick sew, resulting in a comfortable, extremely lightweight dress that will be perfect for summer errands and eating frozen yogurt. Thanks Perfect Pattern Parcel! Well, that's all for today - I'm off to enjoy the beginning of SUMMER BREAK! :) And just in case you would like to check out some other blogs on the PPP tour:
Parcel #3 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, May 30 Sew Busy Lizzy || Pienkel || SeamstressErin

Saturday, May 31 Design By Lindsay || the Brodrick design studio || Cookin' and Craftin'

Sunday, June 1 Diary of a Chainstitcher || a happy stitch || Disaster in a Dress || sew Amy sew

Monday, June 2 Idle Fancy || Casa Crafty || Kadiddlehopper || Dandelion Drift

Tuesday, June 3 Our Family Four || Casa Crafty || Cookin' and Craftin' || a happy stitch

Wednesday, June 4 Lexi Made || The Quirky Peach || Stitched || a happy stitch || Casa Crafty ||

Thursday, June 5 verypurpleperson || Casa Crafty || sew a straight line || Sewbon

Friday, June 6 Shawnta Sews || Mama says sew || a happy stitch || Cookin' and Craftin'

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

Sunday, June 8 oonaballoona || A Stitching Odyssey || Sew Charleston

Monday, June 9 Sew Sweetness || True Bias || Ozzy Blackbeard

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

Wednesday, June 11 Peneloping || YoSaMi || sewVery

Thursday, June 12 la inglesita || La Pantigana || Sanae Ishida

Friday, June 13 Seamster Sewing Patterns || Paunnet

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