The Staple Dress Blog Hop

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Happy Wednesday! I'm excited to be today's stop for The Staple Dress Blog Hop! I've talked about The Staple Dress Pattern by April Rhodes quite a bit on this blog, and I'm happy to be a part of the celebration for the release of the print version!


It's no secret that I love this pattern! I knew I wanted to make an extra special version for the hop. I picked up some lawn from The Sewcial Lounge shortly after the pattern was released and had been saving it for a special occasion. This is the fourth dress I've made using the pattern and it might just be my favorite! You can find my past dresses here, and here.


True to myself, I of course procrastinated in a major way and didn't sew up this dress until Monday. Thankfully it comes together super quickly and easily! I thought things would be foiled by today's rainy weather, but I had a lot of fun playing in the rain to get these shots!


I was reminded that sometimes when things don't work out the way you think they should, there is an opportunity hiding to do something out of the box. Is this what I had in mind taking photos the day before? Not exactly! But thank goodness, because my usual garment photos are a bit boring! Also, good thing my umbrella matched my outfit!


This dress is so wearable, even I will be finding excuses to wear it! And I'm not much of a dress-wearing girl.  I'm barely a skirt-wearing girl!

You can find the PDF version of The Staple Dress here, and the print version here. April also has a list of stockists here.


Would you like to win a copy of the printed pattern?  It's totally gorgeous!

To enter just leave a comment on this post! If you'd like, tell me about your favorite garment you've made! All entries welcome, winner will be chosen randomly.  Giveaway ends Tuesday, July 16th at 5pm CST.

Don't forget to check out the other stops on the hop, there is a chance to win a copy of the pattern every day!
Tues. July 9th: Katy Jones - I'm a Ginger Monkey
Wed. July 10th: Jeni Baker - In Color Order - (you're here!)
Thurs. July 11th: Carrie Bloomston - SUCH Designs
Fri. July 12th:  Julie Herman - Jaybird Quilts
Sat. July 13th:  Caroline - Sew Caroline & Rae - Made By Rae

Good luck!

207 comments :

  1. Hi! I'm a recent seamstress, so i've only made a shirt for me, with the help of my grandmother. Thanks for the giveaway! i would love to have this printed pattern. you can see my work here if you would like: www.infanta-proudly-handmade.tumblr.com kisses from portugal, Sara

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  2. I've only made one garment for myself - a wiksten tova. Love the staple dress pattern

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  3. My favourite garment was my wedding dress, just use it once but every time I see pictures from our wedding it is there.

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  4. I've never made any garments but you guys inspire me to try!

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  5. Skirts for little girls! They're easily pleased :-) Love your dress!

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  6. I really love this dress. Hope I can win the pattern! I have a few shirts I made last summer using an Amy Butler pattern that I enjoy wearing. Thanks for the chance.

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  7. My favorite garments I've ever made are my kids' first set of crib shoes, because I'm sentimental like that. :)

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  8. Love the dress!!!! I do think a certain bunny might have a little something made for him in this material as that is a fabulous coclr with black!!!!!
    Hi George!!!

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  9. Purple is your color.

    I've only just begun sewing for myself, and I'm happiest with the Wiksten Tova and tanks I've made. I had to make several of each to find my perfect fit, and I learned a lot along the way.

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  10. Love this dress and it makes me want to sew for myself again. It seems easy and it´s very wearable. Keep my fingers crossed! :-)

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  11. This pattern looks great! I haven't sewn anything for myself yet so I would love to try this.

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  12. I've only made a few dresses for my nieces, but I have been wanting to try making a dress for myself, and think this would be the perfect pattern!

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  13. Love this dress! I've never sewn a garment, but maybe now I'll try!

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  14. Thanks for the chance! you look pretty in purple:)

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  15. I haven't made clothes yet, only quilts, but I'm loving this dress!

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  16. I basically sewed all my clothes from the age of about 14 till I was about 30. I stopped for awhile but have getting back into it since I bought a serger.

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  17. It's such a pretty dress! I haven't sewn any clothing for me in forever, but I have knitted many sweaters and shawls and socks. I guess my favorite garment to work on is a pair of socks. I love the patterning, the back of the heel, the turning to make that adorable little angle so that the sock fits. Love it all.

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  18. It looks great on you! My first thought was how well the umbrella matched!

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  19. So gorgeous - great pattern and lovely fabric. I nearly have a new sewing room and would love this to be one of the first things I sew in it.

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  20. I absolutely love this pattern and I think it will be flattering even on wide-hipped me. I'm a beginner seamstress but I hope I would manage with this one.

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  21. It's been a long long time since I made anything for me, made some clothes for my daughter a few years ago. but this looks like fun!

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  22. it's a cute dress, and the colour is just perfect on you. :o)

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  23. You look great in the staple dress! I have mostly sewed clothes for my kids. I made myself a few skirts, but now I want to make something special (like a dress) for myself!

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  24. I'm really new to sewing garments, so I would love to win this pattern!!

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  25. Your dress is darling! I really enjoy sewing for my 1yr old niece Vennessa. She looks darling in the pillowcase dresses I've made for her. Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  27. My favorite garment is a set of matching Christmas jumpers I made for my three daughters when there ages 8, 3 and 1.
    I LOVE this pattern-everytime I see it on your blog my mind races to what kind of fabrics each of my girls would like to have this made in! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  28. I wish I had a lot of handmade garments to choose from, but I'm still procrastinating on making my first skirt. This dress seems beginner-friendly, so I'd love to win the pattern and give it a try.

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  29. I love your version! It would be so great to win a copy of this dress as I have been so wanting to make one! Thanks for the chance to win! charitymg (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  30. I've always enjoyed making myself clothing, but haven't had the time lately- been busy making the kids things. Time for some selfish sewing!

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  31. I haven't made a garment for myself since I was little (think middle school)! I used to make myself pajama bottoms :) I've been eyeing all the gorgeousness that is the staple dress for a while...I have a dress just like it in my closet that I love so making more would be amazing!

    Spolgar89 at gmail dot com

    Spolgarquilts.wordpress.com

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  32. I made a ton of summer skirts a few years back using a New Look pattern, I love them as they're so comfortable and easy to wear. Would love to try this dress out and see if could become another constant for warm weather! Thanks for the give away!

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  33. I recently finished some elastic waist skirts for my friend's daughter. They were super easy to put together, but they are so cute on her, especially with leggings. Definitely a fave! :)

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  34. I've never made any garments but you guys inspire me to try!

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  35. I've only made a few garments for myself but my favorite so far is my washi dress. I've really been wanting to try this dress pattern out too!

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  36. Love that you made the dress with a Liberty print (from The Sewcial Lounge?). I made a Vogue dress with that fabric and it is not as nice and simple as yours. Would love to win the pattern!

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  37. I made one skirt out of Terrain. I love this dress and so want to make it!

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  38. Love this version!!! The color looks fab on you! One of my favorite garments that I have made for myself is my Vogue wrap dress - a coral and cream polka dotted knit dress! :)

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  39. I love this pattern! I am fairly new to garment sewing but so far what I've worn most out of things I've sewn has been a tunic made out of some Lisette lawn fabric. It's the perfect style & fabric for summer.

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  40. I would love to win a copy of this great pattern! My favorite garment that I have made was a christening gown for my Goddaughter; it was so tiny and sweet.

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  41. My favorite garments were little skirts added to the bottom of favorite t-shirts for my little girls...LOL, ANYTHING for little girls is FUN! I'd love to make this.

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  42. Many time withoout sewing a dress.I`d love to try this pattern.Love your version,looks beautiful on you!

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  43. Love the pictures...the green background really makes the color of the dress pop! I haven't sewed many garments...but I have made a few for my daughter... i made a really pretty 'pillow case' nightgown...you can see it here: https://www.threadbias.com/projects/pillowcase-nightgown

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  44. I love making skirts, but would love to try my hand at this dress. Yours is so cute!

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  45. I love the material you used, so pretty! I am delighted this pattern is now in printed form - I hated the thought of having to stick all the pdf pieces together. I just made a wearable muslin of the Lonsdale from Sewaholic. My second dress and it's great, even if it is made from a sheet!

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  46. I've been thinking about this dress for a while and now I'm convinced I need it! Thanks for hosting a great giveaway!

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  47. Love this dress, so simple but beautiful! My favorite items of clothing I've sewed are of course dresses for my baby girl. For myself I've only sewed skirts but am ready to work my way up to slightly more complicated patterns!

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  48. I just made 4 washi dresses and love them! I am really excited to sew more garments for myself for a change and would love to make this one!

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  49. So so pretty!! My favorite project I've made this year was a yellow polka dot wrap dress that served as my Easter dress :)

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  50. Love that purple! I have made so few garments, but my favorite was a dress for a doll. I like to imagine I will eventually make stuff for me... :)

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  51. I haven't sewn anything in so long. I made a few tops and skirt about 7 years ago. This looks like fun - and easy too!

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  52. I'm a newbie to garment sewing, but I have a few wiksten tanks that aren't bad. Thanks for the giveaway! I love the fabric you used.

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  53. beautiful! I am new to sewing clothing, and have only made the Wisken tank, but really want to expand to other things!

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  54. I have only made pillowcase dresses for little girls, but I can't wait to make the Staple Dress for myself! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  55. I made my daughter a cute little dress last year with ruffle sleeves out of some AGF. It wasn't perfect, but it was pretty great for my first dress.

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  56. Beautiful dress, Jeni! Love the waist.

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  57. I love how varied these dresses can be.

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  58. I love this dress that you made. It is in fact a very versatile dress

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  59. I'm dying to try and make this dress! It looks wonderful on you!

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  60. i've made a lot of garments but i think my most recent fave is a high-lo hem tshirt i made from yellow bamboo fabric. i wear it all the time and find it comfy and flattering. thanks for the giveaway!

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  61. I've never sewn garments! Newbie! I thought this would be the perfect pattern to start! I REALLY want to make it with your Whimsicöl Panel! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  62. Although I have refashioned plenty of items, I have only made one skirt for myself so far. Granted, I have plenty of patterns and fabric to make myself an entire wardrobe, but haven't been motivated to start (it might be that I'm a little scared too). This pattern would be the perfect reason to start!

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  63. I have only made one garment, the Geranium dress by Made by Rae for my daughter but I would like to try to make something for myself

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  64. The garment I'm most proud of is a Laurel dress out of some fabulous floral chiffon.

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  65. I've only made garments for my daughter. My favorite was actually her Halloween costume when she was in Kindergarten--she was Glinda and wore a pink satiny dress with poofy sleeves.

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  66. The favorite garment I made for myself is a skirt that gathered and tied at the back waist. Gave me a little junk in the trunk, which I liked, because I have absolutely NONE naturally!

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  67. I would love to win a copy!!! You look so great in this dress, the fabric is perfect.

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  68. I am so looking forward To making this for myself!

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  69. My most recent favorite garment is a pair of oliver & s picnic shorts I made for my daughter.

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  70. I have been quilting for 13 years, but I never make garments. Now that I have finished grad school, I have time to try sewing clothes. This seems like a great place to start. Thanks for the offer!

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  71. Gosh I used to garment sew when my children were young, tee shirts, shorts, dresses. That was a while ago so for now I think my favorite was the owl costume I made for my granddaughter last year. I love this pattern, I can see myself wearing it!

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  72. I don't really garment sew, but I would like to!

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  73. I would LOVE to win! This dress is adorable and I neeeeeed one in my closet ASAP!

    My favorite garment I've sew is the Quick Change Baby Trousers by Anna Marie Horner. For myself, it's the Wiksten Tank! :)

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  74. Garment sewing can be intimidating, I'd love to sew and share this dress with friends. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  75. I've had the pattern queued since your first post about it. Would love to win!

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  76. Gorgeous color! I love my Wiksten tank, probably in part because of an awesome vintage fabric I used, but the pattern is fantastic!

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  77. Hi Jenny, you just look awesome in this dress ! This is definitely your dress . Love it.

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  78. Your dress is so cute! I don't do much garment sewing for myself, but this pattern looks like a great place to start. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

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  79. My favorite garment I ever made is the blue rayon challis dress I made from a Butterick pattern, about 15 years ago!
    It fit me perfectly in the bustline and was all on the bias, so it was a pain to cut out but draped beatifully.
    It still hangs in my closet, although I no longer wear it because I don't like my arms to show nowadays. It's still totally wearable!

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  80. My favorite piece I've sewn is the Laurel dress with floral cotton and eyelet lace down the front. I love your Staple dress especially the color!

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  81. I really like the evening empire dress by anna maria horner. I am not a clothes-maker, so it was a bit challenging, but it looks nice and not as homemade as my other favorite - the mendocino sundress, which is super easy, forgiving, and comfy.

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  82. My favorite right now is the Cascade skirt by Megan Nielsen...it makes me feel glamorous, haha :) I want to win this for my mom to get her to start sewing clothes for herself!

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  83. My favorite is the dress I made for my daughter to wear to her aunt's wedding last weekend! A 0-3 month Geranium dress from Made by Rae = perfection and she was adorable in it :)

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  84. My favourite would probably be Megan Nielsen's Kelly Skirt which I've made four of so far or Made by Rae's Washi Dress which I've made 3 versions of. No sign of stopping either, I love these patterns! Can imagine the Staple Dress becoming a favourite too.

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  85. I have a good feeling that this dress looks cuter on you than it would on my but I would love to try it out!

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  86. I have never made a garment!!! The time to start is now...and what better than this awesome dress!!! Thanks for the chance!

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  88. Oh sorry I forgot to say I haven't made any garments before. I think that dress is singing in the rain :)

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  89. I've never made garments before for myself, so my favorite one is the ice cream dress by Oliver + S for my daughter! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  90. I have never made anything to wear. I made my daughter a pillowcase dress a few months ago though. Does that count? Ha! I would love to try this dress!

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  91. What a lovely dress! I've been eyeing on this pattern! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  92. I haven't made anything to wear since middle school. Then I made this awesome tank top that I really loved and shorts to match.

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  93. I didn't read the sizing carefully on one if the first tops I ever made - it turned out massive! I left it in the closet, good thing I did, it ended up being my fancy go-to top when I was 9 months pregnant! Crossing my fingers for the win!

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  94. I've only made a few things for my daughter lately, but I want to get back into making some things for myself!

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  95. Love your dress! My favorite garment that I've sewn was either my Anna tunic from Amy Butler or a cowl neck Vogue top I made out of a beautiful purple knit. :)

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  96. This post confirms your cuteness. Excellent job on the dress and the post!

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  97. Would love to win. I have made a very improvised wrap skirt
    Last summer, would love to try the staple dress.

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  98. I've never sewn a garment, but this dress would make an excellent first! My favorite garment I've made is a yellow knitted cardigan, which would look great with this dress and some boots!

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  99. My favorite garment that I have made, is not for me, but a dress for one of my nieces. I had made several dresses from the same pattern, but the fabrics that I chose for this particular dress. It was a great combo of green, blue, and grey.

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  100. I haven't garment sewn in years but I would love to get back into it with a staple dress!

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  101. Hey,
    super sweet outfit. :)
    Love
    Tabea

    http://wolkedrei.blogspot.de

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  102. I've barely made any garments, unless Halloween costumes count, but I want to get into more clothes sewing. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  103. I haven't made many garments, but I would love to make this one. I love the purple you chose.

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  104. I haven't made any garments yet but would certainly like to try this! I love my dresses, especially in summer!

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  105. Cute. I love the waist elastic (I assume) as it looks like it would be super flattering!

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  106. I love it and would really like making it. It would be my first dress.

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  107. Aside from simple A-line skirts, this would be my first attempt at garment sewing, but it looks so cute on everyone I'm hoping a win would make me go for it :) Thanks for the chance!

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  108. Ooh love this dress! It would be my first real garment making attempt, apart from minor alterations! Cheers.

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  109. I made an A-line skirt with a Tula frog applique on it. I love the Prince Charming frog.

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  110. I don't own a dress or a skirt anymore and haven't made garments is years but I love this dress pattern. Been thinking about it since yesterday when I saw it on Katy's blog so I love the chance to win it! I've made a lot of clothing for myself and my DD's over the years but my favorite thing I've made is an ice blue silk brocade dress and jacket that I made for my late mother when she remarried in 1963. I was 18 and fearless when I did that!

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  111. I'm a beginner, but I made the Wiksten tank the other day and I would love to try this dress! It's SO cute!!

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  112. Only just new to clothing sewing, so don't really have a favourite garment I've made just yet - some very simple scarves have been a big achievement for me so far lol!! thanks for the chance to win this one!

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  113. I haven't made a garment in so long! So I'm really hoping I win this pattern so I can try it!!

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    srussett514@yahoo.com

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  114. I made a light blue strapless dress to wear to my cousin's wedding - turned out well enough that I've worn it a couple other times, but I'm not really a dress-wearing girl either. This pattern looks cute enough that I should try it though!

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  115. I have not attempted a garment yet but this one might be the first.

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  116. I love your purple Staple!!! Actually, I love all your Staples. :)

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  117. The only garment I've ever made was a jumpsuit in 4-H as a child. It had balloon pants....need I say more? :) I've been wanting to make the staple dress for some time but was bummed it was only sold as a PDF. How exciting it is now in print! Thanks for the chance to win. This sounds like a nice basic pattern to make for my first "real" garment. And it won't make me look like I've got fashion issues! :)

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  118. Your dress is so cute! I have not made any clothes except some pj bottoms for my boys. I so want to make a dress but am scared it will look horrible. I too am not generally a skirt or dress girl. I oh and ahh over all the lovely clothes you make and think to myself it would be so nice to make things like that too. Thanks for sharing your dress and for the giveaway.

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  119. Love, love, love the fabric you used. I think this pattern is perfect for so many reasons, mainly its versatility.
    Thanks for the chance to win a pattern!

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  120. Your Staple Dress is beautiful, the lawn fabric is gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win this pattern, I'd love to make this dress for myself.

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  121. Thanks for the chance to win! I haven't sewn any garments yet, but this is the pattern I want to try first!

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  122. This would be my first but excited to give it a try!

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  123. I learned to sew garments in 4-H. Sewed a lot of them back then and then I concentrated on kid's clothing once I ecame an Auntie, then moved on to sewing mainly quilts. This dress makes me think it's time to try my and at seeing a dress for myself again. It looks good on everyone i have seen it on, perhaps it might on e as well.

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  124. I mostly sew for my kids, but I did make myself some pjs and love them!

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  125. Super pretty dress! I'd love to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  126. Sewing grandmother here -- my favorite so far has been rompers for 2 granddaughters. My oldest granddaughter would LOVE this dress with the high-low option. Would love to try it and who knows -- might make me one too :)

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  127. Cute dress! My favourite pice of clothing would be a dress I made for my daughter. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  128. Love your dress! I don't make many clothes for myself but I love making costumes for my daughter. The last one I made is a Victorian dress and apron.
    Thank you so much for the chance of winning this pattern.

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  129. I have an 18 and a 20 year old daughter and they both love this pattern! I sewed for them when they were smaller but haven't lately because they are not excited about many of the patterns they see. They love this one!

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  130. I haven't made any garments, but I'm dying to learn! I am learning how to quilt, and I know how to use a sewing machine, so I think I should be able to learn how to do this. Plus there are so many tutorials/videos/advice available. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  131. I made a skirt the other day and like it, but ofterwise any dresses I make for my girls are my favorite :-)

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  132. I'd love to win! I once made a basic button down shirt for a sewing class and I used some cheap, bright tropical fabric. I have found a large, boxy tropical button down shirt to come in handy over the last several years ;)

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  133. I made a prom dress once. Looking back at the process, it was a disaster, but at the time I thought it was great!

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  134. To be honest I am new to sewing and quilting. I've only been at it about a year. My favorite thing I have made besides quill is a cute apron that I made for myself. This dress is amazingly adorable.

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  135. Your dress looks so nice on you! The color is perfect too! I made some doll clothes recently and had a lot of fun sewing them. I would love to try this dress as I'm not a dressy type of girl either. It's been years since I've worn one! Happy sewing!

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  136. Oh your dress is MUCH cuter & you're much prettier than the one on the pattern cover - they really should change it to one of your adorable pics!

    I've sewn my own clothes since I was a youngster (that's many years ago now), but my most favorite piece ever was my Mother of the Bride dress - yes, long skirt, crepe-backed satin, little pearl buttons & loops down the back & a lace overlay on the bodice - that I had to whip up in only 3 days. Why only 3 days? Because JCP lost my mail-ordered dress somewhere and couldn't get me another one in time. Oh well, all's well that ends well.

    Nowadays, my favorite things to make are little seersucker dresses for my granddaughters...I get to pull out all the lace, ric-rack and ribbons and have fun!

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  137. I haven't done a lot of garment sewing in the past few years, but I'd love to make a few simple pieces. I spotted an ikat print in my LQS last month that I think would be perfect with this pattern!

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  138. Your dresses are beautiful. I'm not much of a garment sewer (yet, I'd like to be, but kind of scared). I've made a lot of quilts and bags, but not many clothes. I don't know why - I am a huge skirt lover and there are so many cute fabrics out there that I want to wear. In fact, every morning when I get dressed I lay out my shirt on my duvet cover that I made and think, I wish I had leftovers of those fabrics because I love that duvet so much I want to wear it!!

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  139. I have been in awe of the lovely staple dresses on instagram and would love the chance to win this pattern!

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  140. I've made a few Tiny Pocket Tanks so far. I'm a beginner garment maker so this looks like a great first dress. I'm also not really a dress wearer, but I think it would make a cute tunic.

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  141. My favorite, most wearable, garments are the few dresses I have sewn. I would love to add a Staple to the mix.

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  142. Love your new dress! My favorite garment is a circle style skirt may with a rayon challis. The fabric was difficult to work with but the final product is great! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  143. Love your new dress! My favorite garment is a circle style skirt may with a rayon challis. The fabric was difficult to work with but the final product is great! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  144. I'm inspired and would love to play with all of the variations, not to mention all of the beautiful fabrics I have spread out in my mind's eye. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  145. I've made a few favorites for myself over the years...I used to have a black dress out of a very lightweight wool. It looked fantastic and was comfortable,.

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  146. I really haven't done a whole lot of sewing from patterns. I think a Staple Dress is z good place to start!
    tannis_z at excite dot com

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  147. Wow! I haven't made a dress for myself in a long time. This one sure looks easy and breezy. Too cute!

    Deborah
    pinkscissorsdesign@ gmail .com

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  148. I haven't done garment sewing since high school (a long time ago), but I made a green summer dress I made that my husband still remembers.

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  149. I haven't made any clothing for me in a very long time. I did a lot of sewing for my children when they were small. I learned to sew in high school home economics class. My first project was an apron. I made a pleated skirt and had to model it at a banquet for our mothers. I still have that skirt.

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  150. Great dress! I haven't made clothes for me for a long time but I used to make a lot!

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  151. Thanks for the giveaway, love the pattern

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  152. That dress looks so comfy, although I don't know if I would be able to sew it: I've never sewed any clothes at all, so it would be a first for me...
    Terrific giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

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  153. love this on you! my favorite gamrent is a sureau dress I made for myself last month! I chose a blue bird fabric. thank you for the chance to win.

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  154. I made myself a denium skirt - it fit so well I am wanting to make more clothes! thank you!

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  155. My favorite was a very comfy tshirt that I practically wore everyday! Thanks for the giveaway

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  156. My favorite is my first dress I made a couple of weeks ago. The one from Deborah M.'s E course. It was my first dress (Babydoll) and I'm still working on the rest of them.

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  157. My favorite garment was a sundress I made for my then 2-year-old daughter. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  158. I wore my Laurel dress out today for the second time in a week, and I'm washing it now to wear again for a dinner out next Thursday!

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  159. I haven't made any clothes for myself yet, I've only made clothes for my kids & hubby. My favorite is a pair of shorts I recently made for my son - it's out of some multi-colored flame fabric that I got at an estate sale. Would love to win this pattern so I could make myself a fabulous dress. Love your dress - the fabric is awesome!! :)

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  160. Beautiful dress! I love all the little dresses I have made for my 2-yr old daughter.

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  161. I've never made a dress for myself and have only made a few tops before.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  162. I've really been wanting to try this dress pattern. It looks like a perfect dress to wear everyday. Thanks for the giveaway

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  163. Beauty! Love this dress and all the ways to mix it up depending on fabric and hem choices! Thanks for the giveaway! Mlower03 at yahoo dot com

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  164. You look absolutely lovely on those photos! and the dress, OMG, it looks great on you! i'm tempted, very tempted to try to sew one for myself. I'm not a great seamtress but it does look sooo good on you...
    :)

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  165. Lovely dress! Thanks for the chance to win a pattern!

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  166. My favorite has been the schoolhouse tunic...love it!

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  167. I love how the dress shows off the fabric used so well.

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  168. I would LOVE to win this pattern. My favorite thing I have made is I have crocheted a skirt. I take great pride it in when i wear it.

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  169. Dresses are always my fav to make and wear

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  170. I sew quite a lot, late at night when the kids are asleep... I love making dresses but the makes I'm proudest of are probably jackets / coats. This dress looks so fun and quick to make - please enter me too!

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  171. love this pattern! and one of my favorite pattern books is Twinkle sews--thanks!

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  172. Beautiful dress, I'd love to try it out!

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  173. love your photo shoot - cute umbrella! here's a link to a Rock 'n Romance top & matching headband I made last weekend that I am pretty proud of:
    http://www.serenityinstamping.com/2013/07/rock-n-romance-summer-top.html

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  174. love the dress Jeni! You look so pretty in these pics. :)

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  175. Yes, please! Thanks for the opportunity, Jeni!

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  176. I used to sew nearly all of my clothing, but rarely sew clothing anymore. However, my favorite garment that I've ever sewn was a gorgeous wedding dress for my husband's cousin--she's always been more like a little sister to him. I used two patterns--one for the form fitting top of the dress and another for the bottom. It was the first time I had worked with lace, organza, boning, tulle, and satin. It was certainly a learning experience, but also a labor of love. Hopefully, someday her daughter will get married in it too.

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  177. My favorite garment I've made would be pajama pants. I would love to make a staple dress!

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  178. For New Years Eve one year, I made a dress that was a redesigned version of a basic fitted sheath dress. It had an open back and since I made it for myself it fit perfectly! I love it because I created the design and was able to turn it into exactly what I wanted it to be :)

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  179. Wow, I have never sewn a garment, but just this morning, after having noticed I spilled bleach on the bottom of the dress I was wearing to work (!), I said to myself, "Self, I'd love to make a dress I could wear to work." It would be so much more interesting than something off the rack. Anyway, you look great in the dress!

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  180. I'm pretty new to sewing but I made my daughter a Geranium Dress (Made by Rae pattern) and I was so chuffed with how well it turned out!

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  181. WOuld love to try to make this dress!

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  182. I'd love to win this pattern!

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