Mochi Staple Scout

April Rhodes Staple Dress + Grainline Studios Scout Tee mash-up, in Cotton and Steel Mochi Lawn

I’m not pregnant… the dress just tends to puff out at the belly a little. The effect isn’t so bad in real life!

Confession: I finished this dress about two months ago. I took the photos about a month ago. Oops.

I’m wearing it today, and that’s what reminded me to finally put this up.

The dress is another “Staple Scout”– a mashup of the April Rhodes Staple Dress and the Grainline Studio Scout Tee. I won’t say too much about it, because construction-wise it’s exactly the same as my first Staple Scout, so you can read up about it here if you’d like more information. I love my two Staple Scouts– they make a perfect go-to summer work dress. Super comfortable with their shirred waistlines, and made of cool, comfortable cotton lawn, pull one on and I’m ready to go. I really should make more, because I have to keep reminding myself not to wear them TOO often! On my own time, I definitely prefer dresses which let me feel the sun on my shoulders and upper chest. However, my job as an elementary school English teacher in Korea requires me to cover all that up– and these dresses are a good way to do it.

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The only difference between this and the last one is the fabric. It’s called Mochi Floral Lawn in teal, by Cotton and Steel. I bought mine from fabric.com, it’s temporarily out of stock but they’re due to get more in. I definitely recommend it. Compared to the Kaufman lawn I used for the last dress, it’s not quite as soft, and it’s smoother. It seems to wrinkle a bit more.  But these differences are very slight, the fabric really does seem to wash and wear well. If this is the standard quality for Cotton and Steel lawn, I’m definitely going to be keeping an eye out for more in a different print!

I’m cheap with my fabric, and always want to use as little as possible of it so that I might be able to squeeze another project out of the leftovers. I recently made pj shorts from the leftovers of my other Staple Scout, so I’m expecting to do the same with the leftovers from this one, as both were 3 yard cuts. For that reason, I used a fat quarter of quilting cotton for the pockets– a kind of pale sea green (the colors are a bit off in the pic below, and I’m terrible with color names anyways, maybe that’s not the right thing to call it) which I had lying around. I think it goes really well with the colors in the dress.

The pictures were taken by my friend Anna, who was visiting me from Canada, as we walked around the Naksan Art Village in Seoul. I had another friend come visit me literally two days after she left, so all up I had visitors staying with me for about a month– had a really great time, but didn’t leave any time for sewing!  Now I’m visitor-less for the next three weeks or so and trying to get myself in gear to get some sewing done in this window of opportunity, because after that I’ll be busy for a month with two visitors and a trip to California!

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Tiny Flower Staple-Scout

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My very first pattern mash-up! Nothing particularly complicated, but I’m proud of it. Making progress towards bringing all the lovely little monsters in my head to life. This dress is half modified Scout Tee, and half Staple Dress (from the waist down). Actually, I also used the pockets from the Colette Hazel dress (they’re deeper than the Staple Dress pockets), so this dress has elements of three patterns thrown in.

I know, in the pictures it doesn’t look radically different from a plain old Staple Dress. However, there are some significant changes. This version has set-in (rather than kimono) sleeves, and so is more fitted around the shoulders. It also has a higher, narrower neck– higher than the original scout tee. I used the pattern pieces I altered for my own scout tees, so that the neckline would be higher and Korea-appropriate (A skirt that barely covers your butt? No problem. A tiny bit of cleavage? ABSOLUTELY NOT!).

There’s also a side bust dart, part of my scout-tee alterations.

If you’re curious about how I did it, I basically just laid the Scout pattern pieces over the Staple dress pattern pieces, matching them up at the waist (which I measured and marked on the Scout tee. I used the shirring line on the Staple.). I then put some tracing paper over it, and traced it out, blending the two patterns together. I measured carefully to make sure my side seams would still match up. Here’s a visual aid:

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Anyways, enough rambling, here’s the important information:

Pattern: mashup of Grainline Studios Scout Tee and April Rhodes Staple Dress (with Colette Hazel‘s pockets).

Sizing: Heavily altered size 16 Scout (see here for more information on that), and a Staple dress graded from XXL at the bust to XL at the waist.

Fabric: Kaufman London Calling Lawn, in Tiny Flower (black). I bought mine at fabric.com. I absolutely love this fabric, soft, smooth, easy to work with… Just going my the fabric qualities, I would love to buy it up in more prints, but to be honest I find most of them a bit… daggy (or, “frumpy”, for any North American readers… was just informed the other day by an American friend that she had no idea what “daggy” meant!). I like this print though, despite (perhaps because of?) its 90s vibe.

Notes:

–Store-bought bias tape for the neckline,

–black quilting cotton for the pockets (which feels a bit heavy for the main fabric… something lighter would have been better),

–shorter than the original Staple dress

–3 lines of shirring.

Here’s a before-and-after for the shirring.

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I’m never sure how to finish a post…. but that’s all I can think of to say about it, at the moment. I guess I’ll end by saying that I really love this dress, and it’s gotten a LOT of wear– the fabric is so light, it feels as close as you can get to not wearing anything at all. When I wear it to work, I feel like I’m cheating and wearing a nightgown! It’s perhaps a bit casual for a teacher in Korea, but then again most of what I wear is perhaps a bit too casual. And I did get a lot of compliments on it at work, including by the principal, so I’m going to take that as the all-clear!

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(photos taken right next to my shiny new apartment building… this rather scenic decay always reminds me of Korea’s rough past)

Lakeside Stampede

Finally got my little sister to cough up some pictures of the pajamas I made for her for Christmas! I should have remembered to take some pictures when I was in Australia, because here they are looking like she’s just rolled out of bed in them…. sigh. Oh well, they’re still pretty cute! And she does get bonus points for the cat in the background.

Grainline Studios Lakeside pajamas

Grainline Studios Lakeside pajamas

The Pattern: Lakeside Pajamas by Grainline Studios

The Fabric: August Stampede cotton lawn in teal. By Sarah Watts for Cotton & Steel, bought from Fabric.com, here. Looks like it’s on sale right now!

I love this fabric, it’s perfect for smooth cool summer pajamas. Very light but not too sheer, so it didn’t need a lining. Felt lovely to work with. I used a bubblegum pink bias tape (also from fabric.com) for the binding, the print has some pink in it and I think it goes perfectly.

This is a really great pattern, and came together very easily… well, except for one rough spot. I really struggled with the bias binding at the point where it overlaps and runs up the side seam on the shorts! There may be a tutorial somewhere on how to do this better, but I didn’t check it out… I kind of had to force it flat, and it’s a bit wonky in that one spot. Oh well, it’s those little defects which add the character that generic store bought clothing lacks.

Since I live in Korea, I didn’t get to try it on her beforehand, and was working off the measurements my mum sent me. If I made them for her again, I would size up, because they are a bit snug. Her measurements were in between size 8 and a 10, so I went with the 10, thinking that would leave enough room for a bit of the “freshman 15” when she goes off to college this fall. Next time, I’m definitely making the 12! However, I’m not sure whether the measurements my mum sent me were totally correct, so I’d hesitate to judge the pattern on this.

I made these pajamas for her, because I loved the look of the pattern but really doubted it would look good on someone plump and busty like me. Things like these are much better on her body type. However, when I was making them, I decided that I really do want some for myself, regardless of how flattering they’d be… I’ve now taped together and cut out another print of the pattern pdf in my size. It’s sprawled all over my couch, waiting for my attention. We’ll see how that goes.

I’ll leave you with a picture of the back, alas, looking even more rumpled than the front (but with just as much cat).

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