The Staple Dress

In July I’m teaching April Rhode’s The Staple Dress pattern. I’m so excited to be able to offer a dress class appropriate for beginning sewists.

This pattern is awesome because you just staple your fabric together and bam! A dress! …Ok, I’m kidding of course — the “staple” in the title refers to the fact that once you make this dress, it is going to become your go-to clothing item moving forward. It really is aptly named, given how easily the dress comes together, and how comfortable it is to wear.

I love that the pattern gives you two hem style options — either a straight knee-length hem, or a drop hem to bring some extra flair to a pretty straight forward design.

Dress patterns can be intimidating to people who are fairly new to sewing, what with the sleeves, facings, darts, zippers, fit issues, etc. This design eliminates those more challenging elements while still resulting in a figure-flattering look. In the class I’ll go over the basics of how to work with a pattern to fit your measurements, how to sew side seam pockets, and show you how to make your own bias tape and use that tape to finish the neckline and armholes.

I’ll also show you how to create a shirring effect with elastic thread, and how to sew side seam pockets.

We’ll also cover how to use a serger to finish seam edges for a more professional look.

If you’re somewhat new to sewing or if you’ve never worked with a pattern or made a garment before, this class is a great introduction to making clothes that you actually want to wear! To sign up for this class, go here.

Not sure if this is the right class for your skill level? Check out our description of what Beginner-level means. 

To view a list of all of our current classes, go here.


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