April Rhodes Staple Dress in Vintage 80s Print

We are still waiting for le bébé to arrive, so I’ve been sewing away. Beats watching TV all day, although I’m doing that too, hehe!

Here is the latest project. Since I’m 40 weeks and a bit pregnant, I can’t model my creation. I’m so excited that this is my first non-maternity make in 9 months. This April Rhodes staple dress turned out amazing.

Staple dress 2 side view
Side view

I made it from a vintage 80s rayon I picked up at Ottawa’s Hintonburg Fabric Flea a few weeks ago. It’s such a crazy pattern, but I love it! I can’t wait to be able to try it on.

Staple dress 3 back view
Back view

The pattern came together very quickly. I made a straight size Large and added one row of shirring (that’s what creates the gathers at the waist). You wind up elastic thread on your bobbin and away you go. It’s that easy.

Staple dress 4 detail shirring
Waist shirring…not too shabby!

I think the sleeves will drape beautifully. I’ll definitely repeat this pattern and try the drop hem version. So fun!!!

Staple dress 5 sleeve detail
Love the sleeves!

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