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 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.
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.
8 thoughts on “Fringe Dress”
Ahhh!!! I love it! You look so great in it too. I bought the Fringe pattern, but I have yet to make it. I am definitely going to have to do that soon. 🙂
Thank you Skyler!! I love it too and you have to send me a picture when you make yours! It’s such a fun dress to wear and it’s really comfortable. It comes together really quickly, so don’t be intimidated by how many pieces there are! I also didn’t realize there were separate pattern pieces for the interfacing, so make sure you pay attention to that. 🙂
This is great, thank you! Also, I’ve been looking for sandals like that. Might you be able to tell me where to find some? 😀
I’m glad you liked it, Leah! I got them from Target last year! I just found the same ones on Target.com in two different colors, so just search “Women’s Gena Strappy Flat Huarache Sandals Mossimo Supply Co.”. 🙂
Great job- love the pattern and the fabric! What is considered tall? I’ve never made a dress for myself (starting a few this spring) and am wondering if I should consider adding length to the bodice. I’m 5’8″. Tx!
Hi Tania! I am 5’11 and my natural waist falls 1.5 inches lower than most dress patterns, so that is why I added length to the bodice. I usually have to lower bust darts and waistlines since my torso is a bit longer. But if you don’t usually have problems with waistlines hitting you too high, then you shouldn’t have to lengthen the bodice.
I have just started sewing….and I’m just about 6ft tall. I just wanted to say thank you for mentioning the extra bits about adding length here and there! The biggest struggle I’ve had so far is understanding how to hack a pattern for Me.
Hi Emily! I am so happy to hear that information helped you! It takes a few makes (or a quite a few, in my case) to get it right, but there are lots of tall sewing bloggers who share how to adjust certain patterns. Let me know if you have any questions, and make sure you check out the #sewingtall hashtag. <3