Not wrong! But we did persevere...
Finally got one in focus and had the whole dress, and me in it!
My thoughts on the Staple Dress, for what they are worth...
- I am a UK14 (mostly!), with 'broad shoulders and a figure courtesy of pies', so I made a Large.
- The area around the arm holes fits really nicely, not cutting-in nor gaping, and the whole fit is comfortably loose.
- I made mine in a dressmaking cotton (poplin?), it has a relatively nice drape, but it is still a bit crisp.
- I like the fit, but think I would prefer it in a jersey or something more flowing; I have some cotton voile, unfortunately not the super AMH floaty sort, but that may be a little better. I am not yet back up to fancy slippy, stretchy fabrics, but do think these would look the best.
- I made the pocketed version, I will probably not bother next time, or maybe just make patch pockets. They are a nice touch, but I would like to french-seam the insides instead of the zig-zag I had to use.
- I think that perhaps, if you are of the bigger-bosom you may, especially with the elasticated waist that I omitted, end up looking like you are smuggling footballs in a sack.
- I lowered the neckline by about an inch; I wasn't confident enough to slice off more, it is probably more psychologically comfortable than anything!
- If you are happy with your waistline, the elastic could look great, if like me you don't like to draw attention to the fact that you aren't as svelte as you used to be, then don't put yourself through the elasticated bother, you can still wear a belt!
- Without a belt it looks either like a super-cool 1960s number, or a hospital gown, even April warns that this would be the first impression. I think I will wear it as an ode to dearly missed ER!
- I think if you are a skinny-mini the dress looks the most flattering; I have seen both enviable and avoidable versions on t'internet, so it possibly isn't a pattern for everyone, however if you want to make your first item of clothing, it really is a must. Make it in some cheapish fabric, (mine was £6/m, and I used 2.2m), it will fit, and you can wear it round the house without scaring the postman, then work your way up to more complicated things.
Well I hope this has helped if you have been wondering about this pattern. Obviously these are only the thoughts of a 40-something, seen better days, mummy, so take on board or disregard as you wisely see fit xxx