Thursday, August 24, 2017

Testing, testing: Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress Pattern

Sometimes the stars align and the perfect combination of fabric and sewing pattern is dropped in your lap...



When I saw the dress that Gabriela of Chalk and Notch was testing, the Fringe pattern, it gave me '90s vibes. Well, a very modern take on the '90s! The pull-over, no-closure style reminded me of a sophisticated version of the babydoll dresses we all wore back then, typically in dark florals paired with Chuck Taylors or Doc Martens. I believe mine had giant sunflowers on a black background. 

Bwa ha ha- I now see from Gabriela's post on the Fringe release that she had the same feelings about the dress!


The Fringe pattern is a woven dress and blouse with two views: View A has a button up front, elbow length sleeves and sleeve tabs to scrunch them up. View B has a notched front neckline and shorter sleeves with a cuff. Both views include a blouse length, optional waist tie and a gathered skirt with a shaped hem.


Because the dream of the '90s was alive in this pattern, I couldn't get dark florals out of my head for my Fringe dress... At first I bought some rayon challis at Joann for testing purposes, but it turned out to be 54" wide instead of 60" as I expected. I hadn't purchased enough. Boo.


Conveniently, a fun neighborhood-y event here in Burlington provided me with an alternative! At the Old North End Ramble, a fun block party/yard sale/music/art/shenanigans/festival thing, a woman was selling a whole bunch of high quality rayon fabrics she got from a friend who used to design a clothing collection. Lucky me, I scored this lovely piece with a bit of '90s flair, perfect for my Fringe dress pattern!


All I need is a black ribbon choker and those Docs, right?


This is View A, with the buttons. I will admit, though, that since it's a pullover and I am procrastinating about learning how to use the 4-step buttonhole function on my new/old machine, I just sewed the buttons straight through the plackets, sans buttonholes.


I really love the Fringe dress... it checks many of my boxes: curved hem, cut-on sleeves, no closures (the buttons don't count since you don't need them), cute, comfy. I like how it has shaping in the bodice, via front and back darts from the waist, but is still loose enough to pull on over your head. The ties help with shaping. They're done quite cleverly, too, originating in the front or back waist darts, your choice.


I can wait to make a blouse version of the Fringe pattern. All the blouse versions I've seen are really cute. Maybe I'll try the notched neckline!

29 comments:

  1. I love your dress so much! And how great is it that the perfect fabric came along at just the right time! I was so unfashionable in my youth (and even now) that I didn't even pick up on the 90s vibe until I read Gabriela's post. I obviously need to go study some fashion history, haha. Looking forward to seeing your blouse!

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    1. Thanks!! Ha ha, I was pretty unfashionable in my youth. Begging my mom to buy that sunflower babydoll dress was about as fashionable as I could muster ;-)

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  2. This is darling. It's on my list - if I can only find time . . .

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    1. Thanks!! Arg, time is always the limiting factor!

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  3. Does this mean those "sister wives deep vee neck jumpers (pinafore)" will soon follow? Hahahaha ...
    Def a perfect match of fabric/pattern on this. Looks great!

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    1. Ha! Google is so weird.

      Thanks, Debbie!

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  4. I loooove your version! It looks very RTW and I dig the 90s vibe. Love a bit of dark floral at the moment.

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    1. Thank you!! I love a good dark floral, too!

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  5. Oh I definitely had a sunflower print dress! I'm having My So Called Life flashbacks now. :) I'm loving your sophisticated update. It really is the perfect fabric/pattern match!

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    1. Yes! I think I was subliminally channeling Angela Chase as I made this. Man, when I was that age, I was less subliminally channeling her. So moody!

      :-)

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  6. Yes, you totally nailed the vibe of this dress, I'm so glad you were feeling it! Meg you are such a perfect tester and I hope we can continue to work together...forever, lol!

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    1. Hooray, I'm so happy to fulfill your '90s vision, Gabriela! Looking forward to testing your next masterpiece!

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  7. Awwww, that is sooo cool. Although I did miss the Chucks (a bit). I have the pattern ready, fabric is in the wash, view B I'm coming. btw aren't you in Thailand anymore??

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    1. Haha, my Chucks are in my shipment from Bangkok, so I didn't have them to model with my dress! Yep, I've moved back to the U.S.- no longer in Bangkok.

      Can't wait to see your Fringe!

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  8. You are correct about the right fabric and pattern coming together there. Great looking garment and very nice fit! BTW, I'm still plugging away on the winter coat. Never heard back from the Lisette site. Good sewing lesson for me: sometimes one has to use what's readily available on the web and books, and then go for it. So far, I am pleased. I think you've posted four garments while I slowly work on this one - you are a marvel!

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    1. Oh no, I'm sorry to hear Lisette hasn't gotten back to you. I wish I could help, but I have no experience in winter coats!

      Ha, the only reason I have sewn 4 garments is because they are all quick and easy garments- you are sewing a lined coat- that is a labor of love and you should take your time!

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  9. This looks amazing on you. Someone else recommended this pattern to me and I was on the fence about it when they suggested it. I'm swaying now but wanted to know what the finished hip measurements are on this dress because an 18 is small for me. Finished measurements nor hip measurements are on the website so I was just wondering. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn! It's a cute pattern.

      Hmmm- I don't see the finished hip measurements in the pattern, either. I don't have the final pattern printed up and I cut right around size 16 for my test version, so I can't even measure the size 18 test skirt pieces for you.

      I'll ask Gabriela, though, and get back to you.

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    2. Hey Carolyn: Gabriela at CHalk and Notch says: "High Hip (at top of pocket)
      Size 18 - 57.5"
      Full Hip (at bottom on pocket)
      Size 18 - 60.6""

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    3. Thanks Meg! Appreciate you finding out the answer!

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  10. CUTENESS!!!! I'm a 90s child, and this is fab. Love it. I kind of want to make this pattern even though I don't really wear dresses and it's questionable in terms of office-appropriateness? But it's SO CUTE!!!

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    1. Yes, fellow '90s kid! I feel like we are probably around the same age.

      Isn't the pattern cute?! I agree, it's toeing the line of office appropriate. While technically probably fine, it's a bit casual for the office, methinks. But it's the perfect for the weekend- so comfy!

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  11. Perfect fabric and pattern, this dress looks very smart.

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! I am so happy with how it came together!

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  12. I love your dress and am tempted with this one. Do you think it would be possible to straighten the hem - curves are not for me but I'm not an expert sewist like you.

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    1. Thanks, Margaret! I think it would be quite easy to straighten the curve of the skirt- basically just continue the line of the center front and back out to the side seams, making sure they true up.

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    1. Yes! I feel like she had a similar dress in Reality Bites?

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