From around the age of 13 years old, I made my own clothes. I was small for my age and shops like Target didn't cater for teens like they have my kids, so the desire to have the clothes that I liked spurred me on to stitch and stitch as much as I could. Fast forward to college when I studied Primary Teaching with an Art and Textiles major, where I once again learnt the art of pattern drafting and made clothes.
Over the years, I grew, I could fit clothes in the stores and with the price of clothes coming down considerably, I stopped making my own clothes. Maybe I got busy being a Mum, and did make some clothes for my kids when they were little but then my love of stitching turned to patchwork and I no longer made clothes. That is until the lead up to Christmas. I wanted to make some presents for a few friends, something that was especially made for them but wasn't patchwork related. I got to thinking that I wanted them to have that wonderful feeling of wearing something new, so decided to make the a dress each.
I had previously seen a dress being made a lot on the internet called The Staple Dress, so had stored that in my memory bank. I decided that I would be brave, guess my friends sizes and delve into my vintage fabric stash and have a go at making some dresses. After purchasing the pattern for The Staple Dress, I got to planning, choosing fabric, cutting, pinning and spent a few happy days making dresses for my friends.
I was BEYOND thrilled when they received their dresses and they fit, perfectly (phew, what a relief). I decided I would then make one for myself, so grabbed one of my favourite fabrics (that I had been saving for something special) and whipped up a dress for me. So here is my Staple dress - that I wore yesterday. It's super comfy, easy to wear, perfect for changing seasons and has pockets too. I think when I feel like making some clothes again, I will have to whip up another one.
Dress - The Staple Dress pattern by April Rhodes
Necklace - gorgeous gift from my hairdresser (she know's me well)
Belt, bracelets - Op shop
Shoes - Lotta of Stockholm
If you'd like to read more about The Staple Dress, take a look HERE and you can read April's blog HERE. Also if you'd like to be totally inspired, check out the #thestapledress hashtag on Instagram and there is even a flickr group where women from all over the world have shared photos of their dresses. If you end up making one, please share a photo with me (us), I think that would be a lot of fun. If you'd like to see one my friend's wearing the dress that I made for her, take a look HERE.