My mom looks so cute in her maxi Fringe dress!
This is the Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress pattern. I was reminded how much I love this dress when I wore my version during Me Made May... it got me thinking that my mom might like one, too, so I sewed her one for Mother's Day!
For my mom's Fringe Dress, I cut a size 10, B-cup bodice and blended out to a 14 at the hip, which worked well.
This is View B, with the sort of notched, keyhole style front neck. I used the cuffed sleeve option.
I sewed the waist ties into the front darts so they could be tied in the back. Well, to be honest, I forgot to sew them in and had to unpick the darts and slip the ties in after the fact. Oops!
For maximum maxi dress drama, I maxified the Fringe according to Gabriela's tutorial, lengthening the skirt by 14 inches (rather than the 16-18 inches she calls for because my mom is short).
However, in the end because my mom is apparently even shorter than I thought, it was still too long for her and was causing her to trip. I ended up cutting off all of the curved parts of the hem at the front and back. I straightened the hem to be even with the higher hem at the side seams.
For fabric, I used a length of rayon challis that I bought in Hanoi's Dong Xuan Market several years back. Those lovely pinks and purples on a navy background are perfect for my mom!
Two thumbs up, again, for the Fringe Dress pattern. A delight to sew and to wear! My mom seems to love it. She already wore it to her 50th college reunion and got lots of compliments!