Dress Pattern testing

The Fringe – Part II

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress

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!

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress

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.

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress

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.

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress

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.

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress

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!

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress

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!

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress

– This blog post is linked to the German blogger party RUMS. – 

 

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