***And the winner of the Staple Dress printed pattern is . . . TAMMY, who wrote “I’ve seen this dress around on different blogs. I’d love to have my own copy. Thanks for the chance!”  Congrats, Tammy.  Happy sewing to all! ***


Today I’m participating in the Staple Dress Blog Tour that’s been happening all week long to celebrate the fact that the Staple Dress pattern is now in PRINT! The tour wraps up today over here and at Sew Caroline, so thanks for stopping by! I’m so lucky to know April Rhodes (the designer of the Staple Dress) in real life; she is such a dear friend. She has to be one of the sweetest and most authentic human beings on the planet. In addition to a huge heart, she has a great passion for sewing, and she is clearly focused on creating lovely, basic patterns so that others can share her passion, as well.

Staple Dress in PRINT

Staple Dress (back cover) in print

The Staple Dress has been a HUGE hit this year, and it’s easy to see why: April’s directions are easy to follow; she adds helpful hints along the way; and the pattern pieces are well-designed, with just the right amount of ease. It’s obvious she worked hard to achieve a great fit here. I’m thrilled that there’s been such a great response to this pattern, and I’m even more excited about the new patterns she has coming!


Today I wanted to show off my latest Staple Dress creation (you can see the top I made for Spring Top Sewalong here) and give away one print version of the Staple Dress pattern, as well, since April so generously offered to send a pattern to one of you, you lucky readers, you (UPDATED: THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER)!

This dress was made with a clearance rayon I randomly found at a tent sale a few years ago for $2/yard. It’s a polyester rayon (not cotton like the rayon challis I talk about in this post from earlier this week), so it’s not quite as soft and lovely and flowy as the cotton rayons, but I just couldn’t pass up this print. Have you ever had that moment where you’re staring at a fabric, and you can’t decide whether the print is really awesome or completely ugly? Yeah, that. But I’m so glad I didn’t pass it up, because about a year later the eighties decided to come back, and now this kind of thing is totally hot again. Who knew? (Not me. I’m the person who scoffed when I saw skinny jeans come back into style. *ducks and looks sheepish*)


Anyway, I personally think the Staple Dress looks amazing in rayon, since the flowy nature of the fabric helps give it a great silhouette, and I love how this turned out! It will be perfect for a date night since it’s a wee bit scandalous on me in the Length Department, which means Mr Rae thinks it’s perfect (Note to self: you are roughly 2 feet taller than April. Plan accordingly next time and add a few inches). It’s not TOO short, because I almost always wear my dresses with leggings or skinny jeans underneath, so that’s probably how I’ll wear this one more often than not once the weather cools down again.


I made the pattern with the hi-lo hem option (there’s also a straight hem), which I love; the dress went together like a breeze, and I even surprised myself a bit by sewing French seams on the entire thing — yes, even around the pockets. Extra nice.


Okay, by now you’re like, when will this girl stop blathering on and tell me how I can win a pattern already? Fine, FINE! Here you go: Leave one comment (and one comment only!) by 9 PM Eastern on Sunday July 14th for a chance to win a printed copy of the Staple Dress. We’ll randomly select a winner and contact them via email. April has generously offered to ship internationally, so readers with an email address and a postal address are free to enter. Void where prohibited, of course. (UPDATED: THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER.)

You can find the print version of the Staple Dress on April’s website.

And here are all of the stops on the Staple Dress blog tour for you to enjoy:

Mon. July 8th:  Aneela Hoey –  Comfortstitching
Tues. July 9th: Katy Jones - I’m a Ginger Monkey
Wed. July 10th: Jeni Baker - In Color Order
Thurs. July 11th: Julie Herman - Jaybird Quilts
Fri. July 12th:  Carrie Bloomston - SUCH Designs
Sat. July 13th:  Caroline - Sew Caroline & Rae - Made By Rae
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319 Responses to Blue Rayon Staple Dress

  1. carolyn says:

    I have been relentlessly hitting ‘refresh’ on your blog after seeing these pics pop up on flickr this morning!!! It looks great and works so well with that fabric! I’m wondering how many lines of shirring did you do? I just saw a tutorial on french seams WITH pockets, I need to go find it.

    ps and of course I’d love to win the pattern! :)

  2. lee says:

    A fabulous dress! I love the fabric and the fact that you did all French seams!! a motivation for us all ! thank you!

    • Rae says:

      hah yes, Carolyn, I wondered if that would torture anyone, to post the pictures before the post… You’ve discovered my secret — I always upload to Flickr before I post so you can usually see what’s coming over there first. :)

      Also: was it Whipstitch who had the french seam pocket tutorial? I thought I saw a pic on IG but then when I went over to her blog I couldn’t find it. Let me know if you find it!!

      And Lee: April includes the instructions for french seams in the pattern — it’s amazing how simple they are once you try them!!

  3. Oh, your dress is lovely! The fabric you’ve picked up for it is so beautiful!!! :)
    Thank you for this giveaway!
    silviatriv [@] gmail (dot) com

  4. Astrid says:

    Love this dress! Woud like to try the pattern myself! Astrid

  5. Crystal says:

    I LOVE this dress, the hi-low hem, the length, the print…everything about it!!

  6. Karin says:

    Beautiful dress!

  7. sophie says:

    fabulous! I love this fabric on you! would love to win the pattern!thank you for the chance to win!

  8. kelly says:

    I love that print- definitely not ugly! Thanks for a chance to win the pattern. :)


  9. Kelly says:

    It looks great on you, and not at all scandalous! I really want to make one in jersey.

  10. Lexi says:

    Such a great pattern! This would be great for when I start making my post baby wardrobe!

  11. your seester kricket says:

    since it is ALL YOUR FAULT that i am now using a sewing machine…am i allowed to enter this?

  12. Amy says:

    I would love to try this pattern!

  13. Teresa says:

    This fabric is far from ugly…I love it! And your feminine red shoes are awesome!!! I have been an admirer of this pattern and your dress is no different, it turned out great!

  14. Ericka says:

    April worked so hard to get this pattern out and I am so happy for her that it has been the sensation it has.

  15. Cindy says:

    What a great dress. Thanks for the giveaway, I’d love to make it.

  16. Anna says:

    I love this pattern! It looks great in that print. Thanks for the chance to win it! :)

  17. Amber says:

    I love the Staple Dress and can’t wait to try it! It looks great on you!

  18. Trine says:

    Love this pattern. And the dress is perfect in rayon!! Love it.

  19. Pienkel says:

    Cute dress & versatile pattern. I’d love to make myself one!

  20. Aimee Z says:

    Love that dress, I can see myself making a few of them. Thanks formthe chance.

  21. Carolyn says:

    Love the fabric, and the dress!

  22. Jamsby says:

    Gorgeous! Love that Mr. Rae loves the too short skirts! My mister is the same way so I can never trust his judgment when trying on clothes.

  23. Meghan says:

    Lovely dress! Every time I read your blog it makes me want to break out the sewing machine.

  24. Amy says:

    What a great dress, and I love that print.

  25. kristin says:

    Argh you look awesome in this! And frankly due to the Washi, I figure if something fits your body type well, it should fit mine too. Would love to give the paper pattern a whirl – even have some rayon to sew with!

    PS – the length looks great / making out imminent.

  26. Sabs says:

    It looks really cute on you! You need to go on that date night asap…!
    (sabinamoolla {at} hotmail {dot} com)

  27. Wendy D. P. says:

    Such a great dress!

  28. Anna says:

    Lovely dress! I’m just getting into using French seams, since I don’t have a serger and the zigzag stitch on my machine is its least favourite setting. I haven’t yet tried doing them for an entire garment, though.

  29. fenna says:

    That looks like a fun dress! And, the fabric you chose is pretty.

  30. Mel H. says:

    I love your fabric choice for this dress!

  31. Sarah Jo says:

    Great dress and I love that print. Maybe I’m fully indoctrinated, but it doesn’t look so 80s to me (but these muted florals all around certainly do)!

  32. Jessie aucoin says:

    Thank you SO much for the giveaway! I was just saying last night that the staple dress may need to be my next purchase…

  33. sara says:

    Wow you look fab! I love how your dress turned out, and the print is awesome! I’ve recently started sewing for myself and just can’t stop! I’d love to try this pattern!

  34. Emily says:

    Just bought some lovely yellow rayon challis to make a dress like this! Would love the pattern!

  35. Karin says:

    Love it. Sewing for self = awesome.

  36. Love your version of the dress and would love to win a copy to so I can try my hand at it. Thanks!

  37. Bethany says:

    I usually shy away from clothes-making as it seems so difficult, but I’ve seen so many lovely versions of this dress this week and I love how they all look that this seems like a good one to get into….

  38. Donna says:

    Loving the look! I don’t have the figure for this dress, but you sure do!!
    Can I ask, as someone who barely leaves the house and NEVER follows trends (I just don’t get them!), is it 80s fabrics, patterns, designs or what that’s back? I’ve just been given a load of back issues of mags and included were patterns that are 80s – are they worth me looking to make, not just redesign?

  39. All set says:

    Really love the print! And the dress of course!

  40. Clover says:

    I see this dress made all over the place. I love it. The length would be perfect!:-)

  41. Mar García says:

    I love that dress!

  42. kelli says:


  43. Jolien says:

    Ooh, a chance to win a pattern, yes please! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  44. Alison says:

    Wow, great dress! I hope you get to go on a date soon!
    aliben7 (at) gmail (dot) com

  45. Great dress! I’d love to try the pattern :)

  46. Alice says:

    I adore the hi-lo hem and would love to try it myself!

  47. Very pretty! Thanks for the chance to win.

  48. This is such a cute dress. And super easy sewing is the order of the day during the summer, no? Love it!

  49. Sandy S says:

    Love your print and yes it is a great pattern. thanks for the giveaway!

  50. Marilyn says:

    Nice dress!

  51. Brooke says:

    Love all the versions of this dress that I have seen and am hoping to win one of the giveaways so I can make my own. Totally love your print too! :) FYI I made fun of my sister when she started wearing skinny jeans and leggings and now they’re my fave articles of clothing

  52. Kathy says:

    That print is great! Love your version – super cute

  53. Nina says:

    Super cute! Love the thought of that hi-low hem.

  54. chandra says:

    Despite the fact that Sew to Speak is my hometown fabric store, I haven’t yet bought the pattern. I am so glad she’s made such a splash, and I’d love to win her pattern.

  55. AmyL says:

    trying my chances! thanks for the giveaway!

  56. Jennifer says:

    I’ve had my eye on this pattern for a while. I’d love to give it a try. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  57. Linda Armenti says:

    I love this dress! and that great sale on the rayon you used is gorgeous!

  58. Kristi Andres says:

    This seems like a great basic dress and I would love to have pattern. I think the drapey, flowy rayon is the way to go!

  59. Colleen Gray says:

    I love ugly/pretty fabric:) I now also love the Staple Dress! And it looks great on you…show some knees every now and then!

  60. Jody says:

    Beautiful dress – most of my sewing is for the kids – this pattern might motivate me to sew for myself!

  61. AmberC says:


  62. Cyndi says:

    Very cute dress. Your sewing blog has inspired me to return to garment sewing. Thanks!

  63. Kris says:

    Amazing dress! I hope I win : D

  64. Rachael says:

    Really lovely dress Rae! Thanks for the opportunity to win the pattern.

  65. Liz says:

    This is perfect on you and I’d love to win the pattern and try it myself! Thanks for the chance!

  66. Emily says:

    I’d love to win the pattern.

  67. With seven daughters (four of them teenagers) I know this pattern will be used a TON. There are enough options they won’t feel like they are “matching.”

  68. Linda Nelson says:

    This is such a great pattern! Would love to see it in a voile fabric!

  69. Larissa says:

    Oooh ooh ooh. Me me me me me me me. I’d love to try the Staple Dress. I’m on a roll with sewing for me. RE: Mr Rae, I just made a wearable muslin tank that was too hubba hubba on the neckline (first try) and my husband requested I wear it often. I think I’ll make some pajama bottoms for it as that is the one and only way I’d be wearing it for reals.

  70. Jessica f says:

    Looks like a nice breezy summer dress!

  71. Nina says:

    Ah yes, the ugly/amazing print problem. I think you made the right call on this one! Yay for international give-aways.

  72. Evelyn says:

    This dress looks great. Can’t wait to try this pattern out.

  73. KayD says:

    I love this fabric! And I would love to try the pattern.

  74. JoannaG says:

    I love love love the fabric you have chosen!

  75. ellen says:

    love this dress! love the print! love your blathering ;) great giveaway!

  76. Emilee says:

    Love your fabric choice! So cute!

  77. Mel says:

    What a great dress! I’ve been trying to sew more for myself lately, this would be a great addition to my wardrobe. thanks for the chance

  78. Yvonne Bouma O'Brien says:

    AWESOME print! (How’s that for 80s speak?) Great pattern too! (And I’m thrilled that a mum of your age went for the shorter hem! ) ;)

  79. Can’t wait to try this pattern! Thanks for the chance to win…

  80. Cheryl says:

    Have the pattern in my cart already, so I would love a free copy!

  81. Louise says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this pattern!

  82. Tasha says:

    I’ve recently got an itch to start sewing for myself (once I have this baby!). This pattern would be a perfect addition to my collection!

  83. Carla G says:

    What a fabulous dress!! That fabric looks fantastic! Thanks for the note about needing to add length to the dress as I’m tall too. :) Thanks for a chance to win this great pattern! :)

  84. Kristie says:

    That fabric is perfect with that dress. Love how simple the dress is, yet it looks so put together! Well done.

  85. Jana says:

    Oh, I totally love that print! But I do understand the “you can’t decide whether the print is really awesome or completely ugly” issue, it has happened to me as well…
    Thanks for the chance to win a pattern I’ve wanted for a while, but haven’t been able to afford!

  86. Cameron says:

    Awesome dress! Love the print! Thanks for the giveaway!
    cameron dot lawracy at gmail dot com

  87. Melissa Ann says:

    Gorgeous dress and I feel the same about hems that length… perfect for date night but way to short for chasing toddlers in day to day life. :)

  88. Carrie Simpson says:

    I love that fabric! I just passed up buying some fabric yesterday because I could NOT decide if it was great or hideous! Thanks for the chance to win, I would love to give it a try :)

  89. Sowmya Viswanathan says:

    Amazing dress! And I love the fabric you used.

  90. rachel says:

    I’d love to try this pattern! your dress looks super cute!

  91. Holly says:

    What a great dress…I’d love to win this pattern!

    And don’t feel bad … I also scoffed at skinny jeans for at least a year. It’s embarrassing now that I almost exclusively wear skinnies…

  92. Mary says:

    I love your Staple Dress in rayon! I’d love to make several of these dresses with my stash fabric. What fun!

  93. Laura says:

    It seems like this dress would be a staple for my wardrobe. I love the fabric you chose. I can’t wait to make one!

  94. Trollemor says:

    I am not letting this pass me by! I would love a free copy of this fab dress! ;)

  95. Mandie says:

    soo cute

  96. Eva says:

    I love that this simple dress pattern looks so different and really reflects the different styles of the makers in this blog tour!

  97. Charlotte says:

    Love that print, and would love to win that pattern.

  98. Lise says:

    Great dress and looks great on you!

  99. Kathryn says:

    I would love to win this one!

  100. Sara Speight says:

    I would love to win this dress pattern. Such a classic and adaptable style!

  101. Caitlin T. says:

    I love how your version turned out! I have some blue and white ikat fabric I’d love to use to make one. It looks like such a great pattern!

  102. Becky says:

    Yes, yes, YES please!

  103. Kim says:

    What a great dress!

  104. LQ says:

    Love your version of the dress. Here’s hoping I win the pattern.

  105. jen says:

    cute! love the hi-low hemline!

  106. Krista O'Grady says:


  107. Becki says:

    I’ve been wanting to sew for me, this would be perfect!

  108. Jo says:

    I love the ugly/pretty pattern you chose!

  109. Victoria Condon says:

    This is fabulous and so hip.. I’m thinking this pattern will pair nicely with boots in fall!

  110. Hannah M says:

    I’ve been eying this pattern for a while now trying to figure out what fabric I would use before buying it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  111. Kristin says:

    lovely dress and fabric print. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the pattern!

  112. Katie says:

    Great version of this dress! And I’m so glad the pattern is in print now!!

  113. jennifer fraunfelder says:

    this is the most gorgeous dress ever! i love the cut, length, everything about it. would love to win this one so i can sew something all for me.

  114. vicki delong says:

    Adorable <3.

  115. Hanni says:

    Love it!

  116. Faustina says:

    Oooo, I like it! Thanks for the chance at winning a free one!

  117. Lenka says:

    I can’t decide if the dress would look ok on me or not and so of course I have to make bit to find out8). I would love to win!

  118. Sarah says:

    Looks great!

  119. Melissa says:

    Love this pattern and seeing it sewn up in all types of fabric for different looks! Thanks for the giveaway!

  120. Kiersten Kobel says:

    I have been under a summer vacation rock! How did I miss this great pattern? Would love to win. :~)

  121. Sue Vaughan says:

    What a lovely giveaway. I would love to win this pattern. The dress is gorgeous!

  122. Rachel R. says:

    Love this dress and would love an opportunity to make one myself!

  123. sorahart says:

    A flattering dress that’s easy to make…I can do that!

  124. Awesome pattern! I love rayons, and this looks like a great dress for those!

  125. Barbara Dawkins says:

    Lovely pattern – hope to be the lucky winner!

  126. Tammy says:

    I’ve seen this dress around on different blogs. I’d love to have my own copy. Thanks for the chance!

  127. Emily Wilson says:

    What a gorgeous dress! It looks great on you! I noticed the fabric on your fantastic post a few days ago and I had wanted to ask you about it. I’m slightly sad to hear that I can’t pick it up on-line somewhere. Alas!
    I totally scoffed at the eighties revival in the beginning too, but I must admit that I’ve gone for it. Hence the fabric coveting! Anyway… I’m rambling… I’ve been eyeing the staple dress pattern and thinking I should make one too. I would defintely love to win a pattern. Hee hee.

  128. Jen5253 Range says:

    What a fun dress! I would love to win a copy of the pattern and make my own!!

  129. Jodi says:

    It’s gorgeous! I would love to win the pattern :)

  130. Woohoo! I so want to make this dress! Thanks for the chance to win the pattern!

  131. Jessica w says:

    I love the fabric that you chose!

  132. Love the dress and your awesome belt! Where did you get it??

  133. Catherine says:

    Love it and I could finally make something for a grown up:)

  134. cheryl says:

    I have had my eye on this dress for a while now. Love that print!

  135. Beth says:

    AWEsome dress and fabric

  136. Jennie says:

    I love it when print versions of these awesome pdf patterns are available! I am always nervous about scaling when I print at home.

  137. Joelle says:

    love your flowy fabric for the staple dress!

  138. Jess says:

    I love the fabric you used! I really need to make one of these. Perfect for work and casual! Thanks.

  139. heather says:

    Love the dress! And would love to win a pattern! I really like the print you used too.

  140. Samantha says:

    Your version looks amazing, and your legs look great, wear this dress with pride! x

  141. Smallthings says:

    Wow, i’m loving the hi-lo hem option. I’ve never sewn a dress for myself before, but this has inspired me!

  142. Ruth Sheppard says:

    Love the dress, I think that pattern looks great but can see why you worried when first finding it! Would love to make one myself, so fingers crossed…

  143. EmSewCrazy says:

    Wow! You look great in this dress and I love this style. How have I missed this? It’s super cute and you had me sold when you said pockets! Thanks for a chance to win this great pattern!

  144. Vero says:

    Oh yes yes yes please! Pick me pick me pick me!!! <3

  145. ratty says:

    such a modern, lovely dress! and lovelier legs.
    Mr. Rae was RIGHT :)

  146. Sherri says:

    Pretty Dress. I like the fabric.

  147. Deana says:

    Love that fabric, and the hi-lo hem. Pick me so I can try too!!

  148. kerri says:

    Lovely dress and you look great (as always).
    Thanks for the chance to win (even though I NEVER win–limp kermit arms here).

  149. helen says:

    Rae, you look gorgeous! and I love the fabric choice. Cannot wait to make one for myself to celebrate the end of breastfeeding….

  150. Michele Judd says:

    I’ve been admiring this pattern, it would be wonderful to win a copy of it. Keeping my fingers crossed. Also I love the print of the fabric you used.

  151. Jill says:

    OH THIS IS AWESOME – so work appropriate and yet great for out on the town!! I love pieces that can work double time

  152. Millie says:

    I love that print and the belt adds such a nice touch! Can’t wait to make one.

  153. Tara says:

    What a sweetie dress! After having a baby, 11 months later I still haven’t sewn anything (for me or him) and well, this looks like a good place to start! A flashback tee has been on a to-do list for a long time too. Better get that.

  154. mary says:

    It looks stunning and you have the legs for it! I’d love a copy and would be wearing it with leggings or skinny jeans!

  155. April says:

    The print of this fabric is great! And looks adorable with those shoes.

  156. Kari says:

    Oh, I’d love to make this dress! Yours is beyond adorable!

  157. Ellen Barth says:

    Love the fabric and the dress!

  158. Kristine says:

    I would love to make this dress for my daughter! Love the belt you paired up with your dress!

  159. Leticia says:

    Love the dress! My favorite version is the one in the pictures on the back of the pattern envelope; beautiful fabric. Thanks for the chance :)

  160. Ashleigh Davis says:

    LOVE the dress, pattern, and that BELT! So cute.
    Also, that pattern looks crazy fun!

  161. Erica says:

    Oh I really want this pattern! I’ve been dying to sew for myself and I think I can handle this, but I tend to spend all of my money on patterns for my daughters. Here’s hoping….

  162. Lynn Crymes says:

    Ooh la la. would love to get copy!

  163. Katie says:

    So cute! Thanks for the chance to win!

  164. lielebeesje says:

    Oh, I hope I win!

  165. Caila says:

    Suuuuper cute, girl!

  166. Belinda says:

    love this pattern!

  167. katy says:

    OH goodness, I kinda like it short…but like you, I almost always wear leggings or skinny jeans :) I hope I win hehe

  168. nopinkhere says:

    I like the high-low hem option on you, but I’m not sure I could do it for myself. I usually wind up feeling like I need to pull my skirt down ;-)

  169. MaryVZ says:

    I have been sewing a lot for my wee girl, this dress pattern just might bring my return to sewing for myself!

  170. Amanda says:

    Lovely dress and the fabric is super cute! Definitely not ugly 80s! I guess since I’m 5’10″ I’ll be adding a few inches to the length too, but it looks great on you!

  171. Jessica says:

    So cute! I’d love to win this pattern!

  172. Sash says:

    Love that dress and love a printed pattern for grown up clothes… Only because I hate taping a million bits of paper together!!

  173. Yzo says:

    This dress looks amazing in rayon. Thanks for the chance to win!

  174. Carolyn says:

    This is a cute dress! I think it looks simple enough that I can practice altering the pattern for plus-sizes. (I may need a size up from the XXL.)

  175. Sally says:

    I would love to win. I just got back to my pre-pregnancy weight and I’d like to do some sewing for me (not the kids) for a change!

  176. Kate says:

    Great print! I’m plucking up the courage to make a waisted/belted dress as I usually go A-line.

  177. Jenn says:

    So excited to stitch one of these up!

  178. Stephanie says:

    I love yours! Can’t wait to make mine :)

  179. Rebekah says:

    Oh my. I just stumbled upon your blog and am dying that I didn’t know about it before. Can’t wait to start digging in. And, I would love to win the pattern!

  180. kate says:

    wow! this might be the dress that gets me wearing dresses, love it!

  181. Diane says:

    This dress looks great! Love the print.
    I’d love to win the pattern – it looks like something that even I might be able to make successfully!

  182. Cara says:

    Wow – that’s lovely. Another one for the queue…

  183. Bdaiss says:

    This is my favorite version of the staple dress yet! Love it. Such a cute pattern and you’re right: that fabric is fun! Thanks for the chance!

  184. Katie says:

    I love your version of this dress!!! Everything you make is so great, but I really love this one. It looks so comfy yet nice enough to wear out to dinner. Love it!!! And would love to win the pattern!!! :)

  185. Rachel Booth says:

    I love this one on you! I’ve made 3 already and am in love with this pattern!!! :)

  186. Gorgeous! I love, love your fabric choice! It is perfect. Thanks for the chance to win!

  187. Lisa says:

    Love this pattern! You did a great jobon the dress! Looks lovely

  188. Emily says:

    What a lovely dress! I’ve just started sewing on a vintage Bernina, after not having sewn since high school – this would be a great first dress, plus I’d love to try French seams!

  189. Kim says:

    What a cute dress! I’d love to win the pattern and try it out

  190. Aoife says:

    Ooh, I love your version of this! It’s the first time I’ve seen the hi-lo hem and really loved it. Love your sandals too!

  191. carolyn says:

    re: sewing pocket french seamed also:

    I don’t know if this is the same tutorial I saw last week but it was the best one I found while looking today:


  192. meg says:

    void where prohibited? hopefully not wisconsin.

  193. Crystal says:

    Rae and April ROCK!

  194. sarah says:

    I love your version of this…the rayon hangs really nicely. Thanks for the giveaway!

  195. Holly says:

    How lovely!

  196. Josee says:

    I want to thank you Rae for resurrecting the sewist in me after a very long hiatus. You inspired me with the Washi dress (I made 3 so far) and I get compliments every time I wear them! I feel so good in them.
    Love ya xo
    Oh and yes, of course, I would love to win the Staple dress pattern too!

  197. Karen says:

    I think your dress looks great on you! I would love to try this pattern. I haven’t made a dress for myself since the 80′s! Thank you for the giveaway. I clicked on over and the date night dress looks great too!

  198. Kathy says:

    I absolutely love your fabric-it is so cute!

  199. Carrie says:

    Pick me! I have been wanting to get my hands on this pattern!

  200. Nancy says:

    Rae you are beautiful and this is one of my favorite versions of the staple dress! Rayon really makes this dress and I would love a chance to try it out, thanks.

  201. jessica says:

    i love this dress! so simple and comfy!

  202. Mary says:

    Love that print! Thanks for the chance!

  203. Amanda H. says:

    love that print! I’ll need new clothes after popping out this baby in Dec!

  204. amanda says:

    eeep! I lovely love your version… it looks totally fabby, lady.

  205. Sarah says:

    This may have been the staple dress to seal my interest in this pattern… So fun!

  206. Lindsey says:

    This is such a cute pattern! I’d love to win it!

  207. Lauren says:

    I would love to win this pattern, it’s exactly my style!! love it!!

  208. shelley says:

    Once again, LOVE IT!!! I just so look forward to your posts when you sew for yourself. You have such an eye for prints! I have been wanting to try out this pattern too……

  209. Tammie says:

    It’s cute I want to make one!

  210. laurelry says:

    Love this dress! Your version is grape!

  211. Bronwyn says:

    I’ve been lusting over this pattern all week, and now a chance to win the pattern? Just made my weekend :) Thanks!

  212. Angela C. says:

    I would love to win!! Thanks for the chance!!

  213. Sarah says:

    I am afraid of shirring and of rayon, but you make it look so easy and so good that I just might have to give it a try! Love the print and also that belt and shoes.

  214. AE says:

    Yes, please! This dress looks easy as Sunday morning.

  215. Sarah says:

    what a great silhouette! love the look of this dress and it would be great to make a couple varieties to wear w/leggings when volunteering in the classroom.

  216. Sarah says:

    I love this dress–thanks so much for the opportunity to win the pattern!

  217. Teri Wehage says:

    Very flattering and congrats to April Rhodes…also, cute shoes :)

  218. Carolyn Wong says:

    I’m a beginner sewer and this dress looks like the perfect project for my skills. I would love to give the pattern a go.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  219. melanie says:

    Love this dress!
    And that print pretty much rules.

  220. Hooray! Love the print on the dress! I scoffed at skinny jeans too and now that’s all I wear… ack!

  221. leslie says:

    Holey Baloney! What a cute dress! I’d love to win!

  222. Angela says:

    I’ve been watching this pattern make the blog rounds. Looks lovely!

  223. Grace says:

    SO cute and so flattering, hoping I win so I can look that cute:)

  224. MV says:

    I bet the dress is wonderful to wear in the summer!

  225. Anna says:

    I would also love to win this pattern!

  226. Jessica says:

    I’ve been eyeing this one for awhile. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  227. Melissa says:

    Sounds like a fun pattern!

  228. Erin F says:

    Hooray for a pattern that would flatter my shape! Thanks for a chance to win.

  229. sarann says:

    I just saw this in my local fabric store today, and would love to win the pattern.

  230. Kimberly says:

    I would love to win this. I am hoping to learn to sew and make all my clothes next year. This would be a great start to my journey.

  231. Caroline says:

    love the dress

  232. Jo Findlay says:

    The dress looks awesome, would love to win as can see myself wearing this with leggings in winter. Great fabric choice.

  233. Katie says:

    This is so cute. I would love to try this pattern out. Love that it is easy breezy.

  234. Rhoda Kemp says:

    Lovely dress! Would love to win the pattern :)

  235. Jenna says:

    looks awesome!

  236. Karen says:

    Totally cute dress with limitless possibilities!

  237. Maureen says:

    So cute. I don’t sew for myself normally, but I think I could pull this off!

  238. Kate says:

    Wow, I love that fabric! The dress pattern looks great, thanks for the chance to win.

  239. Elizabeth says:

    Super cute and thanks for the giveaway!

  240. Jennifer says:

    Love this dress…would love to win the pattern!

  241. Kim says:

    Love the dress you made! And the pattern looks like something I NEED to sew! Thanks for the opportunity!

  242. Rachel says:

    Yes, please! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

  243. Laura says:

    I’ve got some chambray that would be great for this project!

  244. Melanie says:

    This dress looks great on you! Love the fabric…I would definitely also wear this with leggings when the weather gets colder!

  245. Stunning dress!!!

  246. Carlee says:

    It’s such a cute dress, I’d love to win! I really need to expand my one dress pattern and be more adventurous with fabrics! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  247. KellyS says:

    Beautiful dress! I actually love the length and don’t think it’s scandalous at all. You look great!

  248. I love the fabric you chose! Thanks for the chance to win!

  249. Rae says:

    Love this, Rae.
    I hope I win. Your dress is lovely. Rayon is my favorite. Whose fabric did you use?

  250. Hannah says:

    This dress looks so breezy and comfortable. Thanks for the chance to win!

  251. amie says:

    Such an awesome pattern! I think it looks like a comfy dress to wear all summer.

  252. Tiffany says:

    I never sew for myself. It would be amazing to make a little something for me : )

  253. Ruth says:

    Beautiful top and dress! I have been eyeing it for awhile. Just may make me venture into sewing for myself instead of only for my kids.

  254. Joolz says:

    I LOVE your version of the Staple dress!

  255. Kathleen H says:

    Please, Please I bout your print pattern and would love to have this one.

  256. Lisa says:

    Love this dress!

  257. jane d says:

    This could very well be the only dress pattern I’d ever need! Love it!

  258. MarciaP says:

    Lovely! I would wear this comfy dress to work at least weekly.

  259. sarah says:

    this looks like it could be a very forgiving post-maternity dress. so simple and still looks put together. great job rae!!
    would love to win a paper copy!

  260. Charlotte says:

    Such a cute dress! I haven’t ventured into making clothes yet, but I’m definitely going to check out her patterns as options.

  261. Melanie says:

    This dress is cute! Love your version as well. Very versatile.

  262. shae says:

    Great dress, thanks!

  263. Amazing fabric! Can see why you could not let that one go! Would love to make that dress!

  264. Your dress turned out beautifully! Love the drape of the rayon.

  265. Peri says:

    Would love to try this pattern

  266. Leann Barron says:

    This pattern caught my eye a week or two ago online, and it was love at first sight. The Staple dress is aptly named: it’s a go-to dress that’s has endless variations. you can dress it up or down, the fabric choices are endless, I could see making multiple versions in seasonal fabrics. absolutely love it! your version is fantastic, and you look hot in it! bet Mr. Rae smiles when he sees you in it. thanks so much, love your website.

  267. Estelle says:

    Lovely dress and fabric. Thanks for opening this offer up to international readers.

  268. Varenia says:

    That dress is TOTALLY BOSS, Rae! Please tell me about that belt!

  269. alecia says:

    I want that dress!!! I think my favorite part is that it has a hi lo hem. I can’t believe that was bargain bin fabric! Love it!

  270. chris says:

    Your version is wonderful! I love the fabric and the pattern. I have to try this.

  271. Allison says:

    Would love to win this! It would be my first dress! Thanks for the giveaway!

  272. Jo Batey says:

    This looks like perfect summer dress territory. And my stash is full of those ugly/awesome fabrics!!

  273. Laurie says:

    So exciting! I am trying to update my back-to-work wardrobe, this would be an amazing addition.

  274. carolyn says:

    also re: french seamed w/ pockets

    Cal Patch recently pinned this tutorial from Sew Mama Sew — it’s a little more convoluted than the other one / but it’s possible that results in a smoother outcome: http://www.sewmamasew.com/2013/07/in-seam-pockets-with-french-seams-sewing-with-deborah-moebes-2/

  275. Toni-Maree says:

    I love your version of this dress Rae! I would love to win a copy of course :)

  276. Nicole says:

    I’ve had my eye on this pattern and would love to make this!

  277. Helen says:

    Would love to win!

  278. Ooh, I would love a copy of this pattern. I need some motivation to sew more for myself, why let my little girls get all of the cool clothes?

  279. Janey says:

    I think yours is the prettiest version on this tour I’ve seen – LOVE the fabric!

  280. Sarah says:

    Lovely! I have had my eye on the print pattern for a while, but winning one would be great!

  281. Elise says:

    The dress looks fabulous! Love it!

  282. Amber says:

    Well, here’s to hoping. That dress is adorable!

  283. Fiona says:

    oh I love this pattern having stumbled across you on instagram :-) would love to venture into dressmaking and make one for myself!

  284. Adrienne says:

    This dress looks like is could be the ticket to get me to start sewing for myself!

  285. Mary says:

    Beautiful fabric, this dress is just so great.

  286. Kari says:

    Beautiful! What an awesome dress – definitely would love to try out that pattern :)

  287. Abby says:

    Love this! Think it would be difficult to migrate the waist up? I’m more of an empire girl :)

  288. Kylie says:

    What a fantastic dress for any wardrobe. I’d love the chance to win a copy. We are in the middle of our winter at the moment, but I really need to sew for me and get ready for summer.

  289. Lia Zak says:

    I scoffed at the skinny jeans trend to. And at the high-low trend. And now i love them both :)

  290. Lauren Wilson says:

    I’ve been sewing geranium dresses for my little girls like crazy! I love it, but it would be nice to have a project to sew for this momma to wear! :)

  291. Jess C says:

    Oh my. This might be the answer to my ‘what to wear at ABC’ dilemma!

  292. MB Meadows says:

    I would love to win a copy!!

  293. NicoleL says:

    I’ve been dying to make this dress! It looks so universally flattering and easy to grade up for plus sizes as well!

  294. Sage says:

    This might be just the project to get me out of my sewing slump!

  295. Margaret says:

    I love the print! What a great version of the dress. That’s the one I would start with — hi/lo hem with pockets.

  296. I am in love with this pattern and have the most perfect rayon challis material I have been saving for the right pattern, eeeek! If I don’t win I will be hopping on over to buy it anyway. Thanks Rae, you always inspire :)

  297. Jessica says:

    I would love to win this pattern!! I just made 4 washi dresses! I love the pattern btw, its awesome.

  298. Abbe says:

    Love the rayon. I’ve never sewn with it before but am loving how it looks.

  299. Karen says:

    Have been looking for that fabulous summer dress. You have perfect timing:)

  300. craftytammie says:

    It looks adorable! Love it!

  301. mama_g says:

    Aha! A friend suggested this very pattern to me two days ago! I love the print and suggestions for cotton rayon. I’m newish to sewing and haven’t tackled rayon (yet!).

  302. Antonette says:

    I would love to win this! The hi-low hem and fabric look awesome here!

  303. Marieke (@annuin) says:

    That fabric is adorable! It’s a great pattern. Everyone’s dresses have been so much fun to see.

  304. Kandace says:

    Awesome! I’m getting married in a couple months (very low key) and am making a simple dress to wear…this could be it :)

  305. Kelly S. says:

    Awesome pattern!

  306. Mandy says:

    OMG, I can’t believe I missed this by 12 minutes! Perhaps I still have a chance! This is just too cute to not add my comment, even if I’m DQ’d (grr to summer sun for making kiddos’ bedtimes a little later!).

  307. Katie says:

    The fabric and the belt are great.

  308. Ybat says:

    What a great dress. It looks super comfortable and the belt gives it a nice touch.

  309. Katherine says:

    It’s raining here in Perth but I’d still love to win a summery Staple Dress pattern!

  310. Jessica says:

    I would love to win a copy. I hope I’m not to late to get in on this awesome giveaway.

  311. Kristin says:

    And I am one of those people who can’t wait for the 80′s to leave! But I still love your dress! :)

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