What better way to start off the new year than with a new women's pattern from Chalk and Notch?
It's Gabriela's first women's pattern for her collection, and it couldn't be more perfect!
I was so excited to make this pattern for myself. I love the swingy feel of it with the fun high-low flounce. It's girly without being overly sweet, and I also love that it's meant for knits (you know me and comfort).
I made several versions during testing: one in a navy linen-cotton sweater knit that I bought locally (see below), one in an Art Gallery knit, and a dress in a super drapey rayon-lycra knit from Imagine Gnats. That last fabric is perfect for this pattern, and I made the dress version with it, which you can see if you scroll to the end.
|As you can see, I didn't bother to iron the wrinkles out of this linen blend. I was so excited to use this fabric and didn't realize until I was cutting into it that I had barely enough for short sleeves, but I think it worked out okay.|
The pattern comes in sizes 0 to 18, and is meant for Advanced Beginners. There are three sleeve lengths, and an optional pocket, which I have left off on mine. As with all of the Chalk and Notch patterns, it includes illustrated sewing instructions, a clickable table of contents, and measurements listed in both imperial and metric. It is a layered PDF pattern, so you can choose only the size/s you would like to print. It is formatted for US letter and A4 paper, and print shop copies are included in both US letter and A0 sizes.
|I don't know why I'm making that face here. Oh wait, yes I do. This is the look of annoyance I often have on my face when my kids start acting up and I just want them to hurry up and take the photo, please.|
With that in mind, I'll leave you with some photos that he took, and let you be the judge.
This is the 3/4 sleeve dress version (straight size 0) in that amazing fabric from Imagine Gnats. There are many colors, but I urge you to hurry if you want to get yourself some before I end up buying it all, haha. Kidding. Well, sort of.
I thought I was "too old" to twirl, but put a fun dress on me and see what happens! Ha. Oh, and in case you were wondering, this is unhemmed and I am about 5'2" (barely). This dress is so comfortable that I might have worn it to sleep in once or twice. Might have, I said. ;)
I hope I have convinced you to try out this pattern for yourself, and if you have a little girl to sew for, why not treat her to one, too? You can pick up the bundle here. You can find lots more inspiration in Gabriela's post here, and check out the hashtag #waterfallraglan on Instagram to see lots more fabulous dresses and tops!