As promised – here’s my Fringe Dress! I’ll keep it short today – you can read all about the latest pattern by Gabriela from Chalk & Notch in yesterday’s blog post, where I showed you my Fringe Blouse. So – little reading, lots of pics!
The blouse I blogged about yesterday was actually just the muslin for this dress. I lengthened the bodice of my dress by about 2 cm / 3/4″, the same amount I lengthened the bodice of my blouse. The original front bodice has a seam in the middle, but I cut my bodice on the fold, since I didn’t wnat to interrupt the pretty print. I didn’t lengthen the skirt of the blouse a lot, but I knew that I needed some extra length in the skirt when making the dress. I didn’t want to end up with a mini skirt! I ended up adding 2-3 cm / a little more than 1″ to the skirt. That’s it! The style is pretty loose-fitting and Gabriela knows how to draft, so no other alterations were needed.
On to the fabric: Isn’t it gorgeous?? I actually won it! An from Straight Grain had a Giveaway on instagram and incredibly enough I won and was allowed to order som fabric from Elizabeth Little. This little one-woman shop in Singapore has a fabulous selection of Liberty of London, Rifle Paper Co and Nani Iro fabrics – check it out! I fell in love right away with this cotton sateen Nani Iro print. I just recently discovered that Nani Iro has cotton sateen, too! I bought double gauze, brushed cotton and quilted double gauze before, but I really love this base for garment making. It has a slight sheen, is easy to sew with and drapes pretty well for a cotton. However – it does wrinkle, like many cottons do. After wearing my dress for a whole day there are clear wrinkles along the back from sitting.
I rarely buy fabrics with big prints like this and deciding how to place my pattern pieces was a real struggle. I’m usually the queen of fabric saving – I rarely cut on the fold and I always look for ways to save those 2 inches of fabrics. Well – that was definitely not the way to go when working with this print! I felt like I was butchering this poor Nani Iro fabric, placing my pattern pieces far apart from each other. I ended up using nearly everything of my 3 metres of fabric! But I saved all the leftovers and I guess there will be many garments in the future that will be lined with this pretty Nani Iro print.
As with my Fringe Blouse, I sewed this dress entirely with French seams – even the waist seam! I just love how it looks from the inside, especially when sewing pockets with French seams! Have a look at this tutorial by Emily from In The Folds – it’s such a neat way to finish a garment!
You can buy your own copy of the Fringe Dress and Blouse here, and don’t forget to head over to my instagram account – I’m giving away two copies of the Fringe Dress and Blouse – just have a look at yesterday’s post about my Fringe Blouse. Good luck!
– This blog post is linked to the German blogger party RUMS. –
What a beautyfull Dress an Pictures!!!! Love it! Sarah
Such a lovely dress Fluerine!! And I love thy fabric. I don’t usually buy fabric with large prints either but I’d buy this ?❤️
This dress is a stunner! Way to showcase that gorgeous fabric!
So lovely!! I didn’t realize they had cotton sateen!
What, french seams everywhere?! Can you bring it, so I can see? This fabric really is gorgeous and as always captured with stunning photos. XO
Liebe Fleurine, Du hast den neuen Schnitt von Chalk and Notch wirklich ideal umgesetzt, das Kleid steht Dir sehr, sehr gut! Auch die Länge finde ich perfekt, das ist ja oft schwierig, die richtige Rocklänge zu finden. Der Stoff ist ein Traum, und wie schön, daß sich die norwegische Landschaft so gut an die japanischen Farben anpaßt…:))
Danke für den Link zu Elizabeth Little- das ist ja ein absolut genialer Stoffladen, und die vielen schönen Designs von Nani Iro könnte ich sofort alle bestellen. Mal sehen , wie lange ich mich noch zurückhalten kann!
LG aus Deutschland,
Ah gorgeous! I don’t think it would have been possible to cut this fabric without using more than needed in order to showcase this stunning print. Well done!
Was für schöne Fotos! Dein Kleid gefällt mir sehr. Und ich finde es krass, dass du dir die Mühe mit den französischen Nähten gemacht hast! Ich bin gestehen, ich bin oft sogar zu faul zum Versäubern…
Viele liebe Grüße!
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What a beautiful dress! I too have just discovered that Nani Iro can come in a cotton sateen but have not seen or felt it IRL, so thanks for the description. Choosing something to make that will let the print shine is really difficult and I’m still pondering my choices but the Fringe dress is definitely an option as I purchased the pattern yesterday 🙂
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