I knew when I purchased this fabulous print from Mood Fabrics that the fabric needed to be the star of the garment. I am so sorry but it is sold out. I love this print.
I went with April Rhode's The Staple Dress
here is the description
"Designed to be simple yet flattering. This dress has a lot of ease through the bust and hip, with elastic shirring at the waist to cinch it in. The waistline can be customized and adjusted up and down to accent the wearer’s natural waist. Choose between two hemlines, a classic straight hem or a more dramatic drop hem style, with optional side-seam pockets. Cute alone or belted, with flats, boots or heels, it’s a year-round wardrobe essential."
Now let me state something about this blog post, there are several pictures. Meredith offered to take my pictures and she did a great job. I feel good about the look of the photos and the look of me - ha ha. No tired look like I stated in this blog post and it was a perfect overcast day, which makes even better pictures.
I purchased this pattern during the
Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 sale
On instagram, I put a picture of the pattern and the fabric and asked straight or hi-lo hem. This Instagram photo had the most comments ever (for me) and thank you so much for the help. The straight hem comments were the winning vote and I went with this. I did this for two reasons, it was a great suggestion and I was short on fabric. The fabric shortage was not because I didn't order enough, it was because my fabric came in two pieces. I really don't know why. I don't think it was a panel type print, take a look at Oona's maxi dress, that was straight yardage.
Back to my dress, I really like the pockets.
and the shape of the dress, which is easy to wear.
I added 1 inch to the length of the dress, it is still a bit shorter than my usual length but I love how it looks.
I was quite pleased on how the side seam went together. It isn't a perfect match but really is a nice match.
I can see me wearing this dress now and into the fall with a black cardigan (which I need to purchase). I even think it would be cute without the belt. Meredith didn't agree with the no belt look. Speaking of the belt, I did not add the elastic for the waist. I felt like without the elastic I could wear the belt at the waist or a slouchy belt at the hips. Without the elastic, I felt like I had some options.
Some information about the photos settings:
Meredith and I went to a nearby corn field for these pictures. It was a bit windy today and I walk by this spot everyday, so I knew it was perfect for photos. The height of the surrounding corn is a natural windblock. The corn in this area is short, the ground is low and it holds water, plus this is the entrance to the field and it just gets lots of traffic. These two factors make the corn not so good in this 15 foot area, but this is the only area the corn isn't so good. I will show you pictures tomorrow with fabulous corn field. We did take some pictures in front of a soybean field also.
Now to close, one part of my dress I am not thrilled with my I can live with. The placement of the large design on the back, just a bit of a target.
I love my new dress, it is a simple pattern but the design is fabulous. Speaking of fabulous, this fabric is over-the-top fabulous and I had just a bit left. Yes, you know me I used it to make another garment. You will seen it soon.