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Fringe Dress // Sewing For Women

Fringe Dress // Sewing For Women

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to show you my Fringe Dress that I made as a tester for the Fringe Dress and Top Pattern. It was just released this week from Chalk and Notch. AND, it's on sale through Monday, August 28th! There are several options to buy; the Chalk and Notch shop, Chalk and Notch Etsy, and also through UpCraft Club.

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Fringe Dress // Sewing For Women

So let's dig into this pattern, shall we?! This dress is incredibly flattering on every body I have seen it on! It is a woven dress pattern and features 2 views. Both views include front and back darts, dress or blouse length, optional dress pockets, optional front or back waist ties, a shaped hem, gathered skirt and interchangeable cuffs.

I sewed View A, which features a button up front and elbow length sleeve cuffs with a sleeve tab. View B is a pullover style with a notched front and shorter sleeve cuffs.

Fringe Dress // Sewing For Women

I made no changes to the pattern at all, sewing a straight size 6. This is where the hem length hits me at my 5'3" height. Next time I would probably shorten the skirt 1-2 inches, so that the front hem hits right at or above my knees. But it would also be fun to lengthen by the same for a slightly longer look, or even lengthen to a maxi!! I've seen 2 maxi versions so far and they are amazing.

Fringe Dress // Sewing For Women

I added the optional waist ties, sewing them into the back darts. I like the little bit of extra shaping it gives the dress.

Fringe Dress // Sewing For Women

The details in this pattern are just stunning! I can't wait to sew a View B. I just can't decide if it should be a dress or blouse first!

Fringe Dress // Sewing For Women

If using a fabric such as rayon for this pattern, I do have a little tip for you. I chose to do the optional interfacing on both the bodice and the facing pieces. And even in doing so, I managed to stretch out my left side just a bit (you can tell ever so slightly above). I gave it my best effort at steaming it out, but it still gapes open slightly. It's made much worse when I sit down, so I'll need to sew in an invisible snap at the intersection of the bodice pieces. This is an easy fix, but just something to keep in mind while sewing your version!

Fringe Dress // Sewing For Women

The fabric I used is a Telio Rayon Voile, from fabric.com. Sadly no longer available, but here is a link to the description if you're interested.

Fringe Dress // Sewing For Women

This was my first time sewing with rayon voile, and I explained it to some of my friends as sewing with air. Funny because a few days later I read that Anna Maria Horner describes it as "challis moves like water and voile moves like air". This could not be more spot on. I was expecting this to be similar to rayon challis, which is what I'm used to sewing, and it is. Just lighter, and has much airier movements.

Fringe Dress // Sewing For Women

But even with it's lightweight properties and light color, this is really quite opaque. I was expecting more sheerness, but this really nice! I'll probably always wear a half slip under it, but you can't even tell that I'm wearing one.

So there you have it! I'm in love with my Fringe Dress. I plan to make at least 2 more versions of this pattern soon!

If you need more inspiration (and fabric buying motivation, there are COUPONS people!), there is an amazing post chock full of all that goodness on the Chalk and Notch blog today. I highly recommend you check it out HERE!

And don't forget to grab your copy by Monday, August 28th at the sale price!

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Pattern: Fringe Dress
Fabric: Telio Rayon Voile


6 comments

  1. This is gorgeous! I'm not sure I've worked with voile before, but I love how you described it.

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    1. Thank you! This is my first experience with rayon vs cotton voile. I don't know that they are much different, but this might have a little heavier drape.

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  2. I love voile too and this fabric was such a perfect pairing for this style. I'm also obsessed with your shoes ;) Thanks so much for joining me friend and I hope we can do it again soon! XO

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm a little obsessed with them too. Trying not to pair them with completely everything in my closet! Lol. I hope so too, friend!! ❤

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  3. This is so pretty on you Heidi! I love all the details of this pattern. I just bought some voile fabric and am going to get the pattern before the sale ends. Thanks for the review. Would you share any difficult parts of the pattern? How was the gathering, the sleeve tabs, and the button/holes on the bodice?

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    1. Thank you, Kathy! Honestly I had no trouble with any of those steps. Probably the most fiddly thing is turning the long tubes for the waist ties, but if you have a tube turning tool it will make the job much easier! All the pattern pieces fit together perfectly and there are notches to help things fit in the right places. There is a button hole placement guide included in the pattern and if you sew those before attaching the skirt like the instructions direct, you are golden.☺

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