I am so excited to tell you about the Fringe pattern! From the minute I saw the dress picture on Instagram, I knew I wanted to sew it.
When the tester call was posted, I applied as fast as I could and crossed my fingers. Lucky for me, I was chosen to be part of the testing group.
I have tested a few patterns, but this was by far the most organized and productive testing group I have experienced yet. Not only was it filled with experienced and creative women, the pattern was delightful to sew up.
I hate to admit it, but this was my first experience sewing a Chalk and Notch pattern. Now I am sorry I waited so long. Gabriela, has some genius customizations to her PDF patterns that make them super user friendly.
One of my favorite parts about the pattern is that it's a responsive PDF. What does that mean? It means that you can click on a section and it will take you there. No scrolling through all the pages! It also allows you to choose your size and the pattern will tell you the exact pages you need to print for your size and pattern view, which is awesome! No more wasting paper on sheets you don't need. Plus, pattern assembly goes so much faster this way.
Now on to the actual pattern. I sewed up the View A dress. It features a button up front, elbow sleeve and sleeve tab. This pattern is so clearly written, you are really going to love sewing it. I was a little intimidated by the button placket but the directions ensure a great fit and easy assembly with lots of tips and illustrations.
One of my favorite things I learned from sewing this pattern was to use tricot interfacing. It seems like a small thing, but wow! Usually, tricot is used for knits but it works so well with shifty rayons allowing them to maintain their drape, while giving a little weight for reinforcement.
Just check out this bodice and how nicely the button bands lay. No stiffness or puckering....Yay!
The only minor adjustment, I made was to eliminate the back bodice darts. To be honest this was a total mistake on my part. I was sewing late at night and just breezed right past them. Fortunately, I really like the extra ease in the waist. It is super comfy to wear and it would be a great modification if you are pregnant or just like a little extra room around the waist. The pattern also includes optional waist ties so you could really customize your fit.
The last detail I want to show off is the button tabs. View A's sleeves are designed with the button tab but many of the testers used the sleeves for View A and View B interchangeably. When I first made my bodice, I was a little skeptical of the sleeve fit. They seemed like they had a bit too much fabric in the underarm region. If you are feeling the same way, just go with it. Once the button tabs are on, it magically fixes itself! And I think the sleeves look adorable fastened up.
Now that I've walked you through the pattern, let's talk fabric real quick. This rayon is one of our designer fashion fabrics that we received a while back. It's 100% rayon and mid-weight making it the ideal fabric to sew. It presses beautifully, drapes like a dream, and is stable to sew. Unfortunately, it sold out. So here's a tip, if you see a designer fabric you like, grab it up quick! These items are not reorderable and they sell out fast.
Now, are you ready for the best part?! Chalk and Notch patterns are coming to Harts! And Gabriela, the creator behind Chalk and Notch, is coming to Harts to teach a Fringe Class in October. We are so excited to have her as a guest teacher and we hope you are too!
Wait, there's more! Gabriela is giving one lucky winner a copy of the Fringe Dress and Top pattern. To win, follow @chalkandnotch and comment on our Instagram post. We will randomly pick a winner from the comments on 8/25/17 3PST!