My garment sewing mojo disappears every winter. I managed to make two tova dresses in February, but haven't sewed any clothes since.
I bought the Staple Dress pattern the day it was released and printed it at work (at old job, that's how long ago this was). I bought & pre-washed my fabric, a ditsy floral from Denyse Schmidt's latest line Shelbourne Falls. And then I set both pattern and material in a pile in the sewing cabinet to hibernate for a few months.
Last week, I finally taped the pattern together one afternoon after work. I cut out my pattern pieces and set them aside for the next afternoon - this whole process took maybe an hour.
Assembling the dress is super simple! My old sewing machine would not cooperate with the elastic shirring process, but happily my new Janome is a beast and can do anything. I was fairly distracted while sewing (ordered and ate a whole pizza while watching Crazy Stupid Love) and it still only took a few hours to finish the dress.
And I love it. I spent all day Saturday at the INDIEana Handicraft exchange in my dress and then wore it to work on Monday. The fit is so comfortable. I shirred three rows of elastic at an empire waist height, my preferred silhouette for my short legs + long torso. The length is perfect for pairing with jeans, leggings, or wearing alone.
I've got two more planned for my summer wardrobe, one in a lightweight denim and another in an organic cotton.