I did a little pattern testing this week for the forthcoming Date Night Dress by April Rhodes. I loved making her Staple Dress (and have a few more planned) so I jumped at the opportunity to test her newest dress pattern.
This dress goes together pretty quickly and the pattern explains the steps so well that it would be a beginner friendly project. I love the way the sleeves are constructed and that the whole dress is finished with french seams, so you end up with a very clean garment on the inside.
I used Robert Kaufman Chambray Union Chambray in Indigo, which is dreamy. I want to make at least a Wiksten tank and Staple Dress out of this stuff, it might be my perfect garment fabric. For the Simple Slip that accompanies this dress, I used a Lotta Jansdotter quilting cotton that had previously been turned into an ill fitting Wiksten tank dress. The slip will get a lot more wear and it looks cute under this dress.
The only modification I made was to add pockets because I want to wear this to work and I need a place to stash my badge and phone. I used the pocket pattern piece from the Staple Dress and placed them just below the waistline of the dress. I added a belt made from a long strip of Lotta Jansdotter quilting cotton, cut four inches wide and then folded in half twice and top-stitched.
I will definitely be making this dress again (and again), and next time I want to try adding a line or two of shirring around the waist.
Thanks for the awesome pattern April!