The Fringe Dress Pattern Release
Posted on 21 August 2017
Part of what I love so much about this online making community is the opportunity to do pattern testing. Not only do you get to meet some wonderful people and get inspired by their makes as you go through the process, but it also really puts into perspective what a labor of love writing a pattern can be. With her new pattern, the Fringe Dress, Gabriela from Chalk and Notch tested every detail to ensure a perfect fit from start to finish.
And oh my goodness is it a good fit! The Fringe Dress has two options for the neckline, two options for the sleeves, and can be made into a blouse instead. It's one of the most versatile patterns I've come across recently and I am absolutely in love. After making two different variations during the pattern testing, I've already got the fabric for another two pre-washed and ready to go.
For my muslin (which is ridiculously wearable), I used a double gauze from my stash and made the button front blouse (View A) with the cuffed sleeves from View B. I cut a straight size 10, based on my bust measurements. The only change I made was to shorten the top bodice by about an inch, which is a typical adjustment for me. When choosing a size, you definitely want to pick one that will allow you to get the waistline over your head and chest. This isn't supposed to be a super fitted pattern, and since there is no elastic or zipper, I wouldn't recommend sizing down. Instead, you can add the waist ties to create some extra shaping once its being worn.
Which is exactly what I did for my second version! While I love how flowy and loose my blouse is, I knew I wanted a dress that showed off my shape a little more for my second version. Again, I cut View A with the buttons, only this time in dress length with the button tab sleeves. I had been looking for the perfect pattern to use our floral crepe and this was just what I had been looking for! It makes for a light and airy dress, that's feminine yet bold with the oversized blooms. I am seriously in love and am dying to see a version made out of our new viscose too!
Again, the only alteration I made was to shorten the bodice. I also lined the skirt since the fabric is slightly sheer. Every time I wear this dress, I feel ridiculously and effortlessly chic.
I had been looking for a summer dress, but felt like I was coming up short. Shirtdresses seemed a little more professional than I was looking for and a lot of other indie dress patterns are more party dresses. I hadn't really found a great woven dress that could be thrown on and polished all at the same time. The Fringe Dress definitely fits the bill! It's loose fit makes it perfect for warm weather. And yet I also can't wait to layer it with tights and boots this winter! I can't ask for anything better than a summer dress that can be worn year round!
While the Fringe Dress pattern looks somewhat complicated, the construction is actually very straightforward. Gabriela's instructions are amazing and so comprehensive that it never seems overwhelming or difficult. After getting all the pieces cut out, I could sew everything together within an afternoon. Not bad for my new favorite dress!
You should definitely make sure to keep an eye on the #fringedresspattern on Instagram! I know a lot of testers will be sharing their versions over the next few days and there are some seriously inspiring makes within the group. I love how everyone chose to make this pattern their own! There is absolutely a version for everyone and every style.
The pattern is being released today through Upcraft Club and will be available to everyone through Chalk and Notch on Wednesday, the 23rd. This is one pattern you don't want to pass up! Congrats on the new release Gabriela!