Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer and mom of two little ones. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
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The perfect comfy lightweight denim dress - the Staple Dress and the Perfect Pattern Parcel #3!

I found the perfect use for the Staple Dress pattern by April Rhodes, part of the third Perfect Pattern Parcel series!

I often admire simple, loose natural-waisted dresses at stores, and while I'm sure they're easy to make, you don't often see patterns for them, so I don't usually get a chance to sew them myself at home. So the Staple Dress pattern, with its comfy fit and elastic waist, was a perfect one to try!

Here are some inspirations. Doesn't a lightweight denim or dress-weight chambray just seem perfect for an easy early summer dress?
1. Gap 2. J.Crew 3. Old Navy 4. Madewell (I know this one's not the same loose/elastic waist,
but it's so iconic and popular and still that comfy, slightly-structured look!)

I knew I wanted the soft, washed look of a slouchy elastic or gathered waist dress, so I pre-washed my denim. (I don't always pre-wash fabric if it's not a natural fiber or if I know I'll never machine wash it, but it helps in cases like this.)

The pattern was super simple and fun to sew! I love the French seam finish at the shoulder seams, very nice touch. PDF patterns are so great because the photo steps are so clear and easy to follow compared to a drawing in a paper pattern. April did a great job on this one!

The size I cut ended up being HUGE, so I added decorate vertical tucks on either side of the center front, and a big inward-facing tuck at the center back.

Handy pockets, too!

Hard to tell, but the fabric is actually a very lightweight denim (twill weave versus straight weave).  Also worth noting the difference between chambray and denim--here is a great picture example!

Diagonal weave= Denim
Criss-cross weave= Chambray
A great easy project!

Check out Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 while it's for sale! It includes:
Pattern Parcel #3

  • Bombshell Swimsuit by Closet Case Files 
  • Jorna Tank Dress by Jenna Brand
  • Staple Dress by April Rhodes
  • Poppy Tunic by Make it Perfect
  • Water Bottle Tote by Radiant Home Studio
  • Bonus Pattern: Choose a price of $28 or greater for Parcel #3 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern: Prefontaine Shorts for Women by Made with Moxie.

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Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, May 30 Sew Busy Lizzy || Pienkel || SeamstressErin
Wednesday, June 11 Peneloping || YoSaMi || sewVery
Thursday, June 12 la inglesita || La Pantigana || Sanae Ishida
Friday, June 13 Seamster Sewing Patterns || Paunnet


  1. Suzannah, this looks fabulous! The Staple Dress is such an excellent pattern because it can be made into so many different style dresses. I especially love it in denim. That will be prefect all summer long, and then it will look hot with colored tights and boots come fall. (I may have to make one!)

  2. I love your version!!! I didn't want a denim dress yesterday, but I do today!

  3. That turned out so cute!! And I've been trying to figure out the difference between chambray and denim for the longest time, so thanks for the explanation!

  4. I was trying to decide what fabric to use for this pattern and now I know! It's lovely, the front tucks really make it. Funny how what initially seems like a mistake can turn into a lovely feature!

  5. Very cute and classic. I'll bet it looks great with every single belt you own, too. Fun!

  6. Great dress! Looks like you will get a lot of wear out of it, it seams like a very easy dress to throw on! Oh and thanks for explaining the difference :)

  7. I love it! It's super summery. I love your sandals too. Could you give me the source?

  8. Thanks! Yes, they're from Target! http://bit.ly/1tWOpxH

  9. super cute dress! I love everything denim/chambray, so I'm biased :) I love your sandals too!



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