I bought some stretch fabric last week with the intent of making a floral shirt and two maxi skirts. The two stretch jersey fabrics for my maxi skirts ended up creating a mess on freshly swept floors and not cooperating with me at all; I ended up throwing all 4 yards of scraps into the trash. I hadn’t touched my floral jersey and set it aside, still intending to make my shirt but not wanting to deal with jersey fabric.
For the record, I prefer woven fabrics.
I asked my mother her opinion on the fabric and whether or not it would make a good shirt or a skirt. She immediately came back with “It could work for both…or a dress.”
A dress? Why didn’t I think of that?
Immediately thought of April Rhodes’ Staple Dress which I had been drooling over for weeks. I bought the pattern, printed and taped it together; I had the fabric and the serger. The only thing I didn’t have was elastic thread but I have 1/4″ elastic which April says works as a substitute with zig-zag stitching. It took about 3 hours on and off to finish. Since I was working with stretch fabric, I didn’t make the bias tape but twice folded over the edges and zig-zag stitched. I also opted for the high-low hem since that is my current obsession with skirts and dresses.
After completing the dress, I highly recommend springing for elastic thread and doing shirring on the waist. The elastic doesn’t make quite an impression gathered, and my zig-zag stitch kept catching the edges (I set it at the widest stitch and it still was smaller in width than the elastic).
I will definitely be making this dress again in a variety of fabrics. It’s a very simple pattern and so versatile.