Category Archives: April Rhodes

Good morning! I’m excited to show you my latest Staple Dress that I made for a dear friend. I had wanted to make her a Staple Dress for a while, and when she let me know how much she loved my chambray version, I knew what I was going to do. For the Liberty trim […]

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  • Elise

    Layla’s outfit is adorable! I just had a little girl 3 1/2 months ago and your Oliver & S sewing projects for Layla are my inspiration :) Can’t wait until my girl can start to fit into their pattern sizes!ReplyCancel

  • I really love this dress, from the fabric choice, yellow thread and of course that awesome liberty tape! I sort of want to make an exact copy of it!ReplyCancel

  • Danny

    Love all the choices you made here!

    I’m a total noob. If you use the tape for the trim, does it work out like that if you just follow the pattern and sub it for the facing? I’m just about to put together a chambray version as a christmas present and I’m excited.ReplyCancel

Today I’m showing off yet another Staple Dress. I made this one for my sister out of the solid chambray from Robert Kaufman’s Chambray Union. And like my last Staple Dress, I added bits of Liberty detail because nothing makes a garment more special than a little Liberty. Emilee’s Staple Dress is almost identical to […]

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  • Lucinda

    Such a sweet sister you are:) This one is lovely as well, and again, the Liberty details are simply fantastic! Wish I could get my machine to shirr with elastic . . . until I can, this pattern is out of reach for me. I hope your sister enjoys her beautiful new dress:)ReplyCancel

  • […] from Olivia Jane Handcrafted made a couple out of chambray with contrast […]ReplyCancel

Okay, so would it suffice to say that I’m obsessed with the Staple Dress pattern by April Rhodes? I mean, I’ve made four now, and today’s post is showcasing my third. The dotted chambray is from Robert Kaufman’s stellar new line, Chambray Union. I want a bolt of this stuff! This time I included pockets, […]

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  • Oh, it’s wonderful!!ReplyCancel

  • Lucinda

    This is so lovely! Love the pattern, love the fabric! What a delightful detail to have the Liberty inside the pocket – that’s the joy of handmade . . . the fun added details:) I must check out that fabric – I could think of a hundred different things to sew from it!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    This is super cute! I love the pop of Liberty in the pockets and the neon stitching. I want this pattern now!ReplyCancel

  • […] one for my sister out of the solid chambray from Robert Kaufman’s Chambray Union. And like my last Staple Dress, I added bits of Liberty detail because nothing makes a garment more special than a little […]ReplyCancel

  • So so cute! I love your sewing :)ReplyCancel

  • Meredith, I am so happy that you like The Staple Dress.. you look gorgeous in it!! I love that top picture so much! I wonder if you’d mind me using it?! I am writing a little something about the pattern and all the lovely people who’ve made it.. I would love include you and of course a link to your site.
    Either way, thank you so much for your support! You are just lovely!!!ReplyCancel

    • That would be great, April! Thanks for your kind words. I LOVE this pattern!ReplyCancel

  • […] had wanted to make her a Staple Dress for a while, and when she let me know how much she loved my chambray version, I knew what I was going to do. For the Liberty trim on this dress, I used some premade bias tape […]ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I love this dress and this fabric and your personal touches! I love all of the Staple dresses you’ve made, and I was so inspired that I made a Staple dress of my own in similar chambray fabric. But I have one question- I think I made the wrong (too big) size as the fabric billows out above the waist. Do you think the placement of the top row of shirring affects this? I’m just wondering how to fix this with my next version, other than going a size (or maybe two) down. Sorry, I know you’re not the pattern designer but you’ve been so successful every time you’ve made this pattern! Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • I kept the shirring in the same place. The one thing I did change, however, was the waistline. I felt that it [the dress in general] was quite large. So I cut about an inch off the pattern where the waist is the smallest part, and graded that line out to eventually meet with the regular size. After doing that with one piece, I did the same for the other piece so the lines would match up on the front and back pieces. For me, that helped it to fit perfectly. I would think if you have a high waist and don’t have a need for there to be as much room between the neckline and shirring, you could simply move up where the waistline is and raise the shirring so there’s not as much fabric hanging over the waist. Does any of that make sense? I’m seeing it in my head, but I’m not sure how clearly I’m explaining it.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Thank you so much! I understand what you’re saying and will try that next time! I think I’d better start making muslins too…:)ReplyCancel

Yesterday I began cutting out the pattern and fabric for my (Emilee’s) new Vintage Vogue dress. I finished up the muslin top today, and now I just need to check the fit on Emilee. I’m loving the pattern. Its very well written and easy to understand, though not all of the methods used are especially […]

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  • Elise

    Ooh – I can’t wait to see your Staple Dress in the dotted chambray. I was thinking of doing the exact same thing when I get some time :) Do you think the chambray would work for a bag if it was interfaced well enough?ReplyCancel

    • You know, I’m not sure. The dotted chambray is much more fiddly to work with than the solid one. I probably would not use the dotted one for anything that is meant to carry much weight because its more of a delicate fabric, in my opinion. Also, the dotty sections can get snagged fairly easily which would limit it’s use for me. :/ I hope I didn’t ruin that for you! If you do give it a try, I’d love to know your results! I’m only speaking from the standpoint and experience of using it for a garment!ReplyCancel

Its day’s like this that I wish would last forever! The beginning of last week started out slow. I knew I was dedicating the week to doing┬ásomething with Alison Glass‘ debut line, Lucky Penny. And since I am entirely unwilling to waste fabric under any circumstance, I ruminated on what I would do with those […]

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  • Kristy

    You are so creative, Meredith. Your Nanny would have been so proud!ReplyCancel

  • Needlewoman2

    Gorgeous ironing board cover; so important given how much time sewists/housekeepers spend at it! How did your make yours; I’m looking for reliable pattern, and useful info about securing it firmly. I have an ironing board that looks like yoursReplyCancel

    • Hey there! I have an ironing board cover tutorial on my sidebar, which I used as a guideline. The only thing I would add that greatly helps the folding and stitching around the curved sections is stitching long basting stitches around the line you want to fold and then some more about a 1/4″ away (closer to the raw edge) so you can pull the stitches on the outer row to gather the material for folding, pressing, and stitching. That extra step makes a huge difference! Let me know if you would like me to revise my tutorial for you to include this.ReplyCancel

  • Needlewoman2

    Thank you for your reply and extra tips; I give your suggestions a go

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