I have had the Fringe Dress cut out since last September, and it has just been nagging at me for months to just finish sewing it all together! It did turn into winter after I got it all cut out, so I wouldn’t have been able to wear it very much anyways, but I’m so glad to have it finished now, and just in time for the warm weather that is hopefully coming soon!
The Fringe Dress pattern by Chalk and Notch (available at Indiesew) has a blouse or dress view and you can choose between the notched front or button up version, like mine. I was most nervous about the buttons since I had never done them until January, but after making three button up shirts, I was all geared up for finishing this dress! It was waaay easier to sew together than I was thinking in my head, and I’m really glad I chose the button up front so that it’s functional for [very] future nursing.
I decided to sew it together when I was supposed to be packing, so I was a little bit scatter brained and kept doing things wrong and kept having to correct it. One thing I had to redo was the waist ties. I don’t have a loop turner, and the fabric was not going to let me sew it inside out and then turn out right side out because the waist ties were too skinny and the fabric was too thick for that. So I just turned the seam allowance in and top-stitched the ties with an 1/8″ SA. They still turned out really nice, so if you run into the same problem, there is a plan B.
I finished the top of the dress during one naptime, but then I realized I put the ties in the back darts instead of the front darts, like I was supposed to. That was a pretty easy fix, but it was just like – duh! why?! I also sewed the facing pieces backwards, and I wasn’t going to stay stay stitch and iron everything again, so I just unpicked, sewed it back together the correct way, and did as little as possible to correct it. Everything turned out fine and I’m happy to say that I didn’t mess anything up after that! Haha. Don’t you just hate those off days where you know what you’re supposed to do, but you just keep doing everything wrong??
I finished everything else the next day, and I love how it turned out! The fabric is a linen from Indiesew’s spring/summer collection release last year and it was the BEST to sew, even though I kept messing up. Sadly the fabric is sold out, but Indiesew has some other really good woven fabrics that would work great for this pattern! Their fabric always sell out really quickly, so make sure you’re following along on Instagram or that you get their newsletter to see when Allie restocks or lists new fabric.
Sewing Tall Adjustments: I lengthened the bodice and facing pieces by 1.5″ at the lengthen/shorten lines, and lowered the apex by 1″. I also added 5 inches to the skirt lengthen/shorten line. I think it just took a while to make those changes, so by the end of cutting it all out I was just exhausted and needed to work on something else, but then I accidentally took a few months before coming back to it.
I love the fit of the Fringe and the different views. I also love that the fabric color and design doesn’t make it super formal looking and I can just wear it day to day with sandals. The warm weather has me itching to make more summery dresses!
What summer dresses are you excited to make? What is your favorite type of woven fabric to work with?
This is a Indiesew Blogger Team post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.