Girls' Fringe Dress by Chalk and Notch

I can't think of a better way to start of 2019 than with a post about a pattern from one of my favorite pattern designers for women and girls: the Fringe Dress from Chalk and Notch.


The Women's Fringe Dress is a pattern that I adore, and I am definitely not alone in my love for this pattern. So imagine my joy when Gabriela announced that she would be drafting a girls' version (it comes in 12m-12y). I had tried to make a mini version for my older daughter here, so I was excited that I would finally be able to make a properly drafted one for both my daughters!

For my youngest, I made View B with the notched neckline that I love for myself. I left off the optional ties as well as the *gasp* pockets. Don't worry - she didn't mind at all, surprisingly.


The girls' version of this view has a fully lined bodice and a button and loop closure in the back to make it easier to pull the dress on over the head.  I went with the cuffs, as per the tutorial. After measuring her chest, I decided to make her the proper size for once and went with a size 4 in the bodice with size 6 for length.


I apologize for not having any proper photos of the closure in the back. This is the closest I came to getting one. 


Like the seasoned pattern tester model she is, she did oblige me with a side view as well.


For my older daughter, I went with View A for variety. Well, it was also because I wanted her to be able to change without help while at school, and I thought a back button closure might slow her down. She can get this on and off just by undoing the top button.


For her, I made the size 6 bodice with size 8 length. This was actually my first time sewing View A, as I have a strange aversion to sewing buttonholes. Fortunately, my machine was feeling cooperative and approved of my choice of fabric, so it didn't protest when it came time to do the buttonholes (I didn't bother sewing them for the sleeve tabs.). I left off the ties and pockets in her version, too.


You might notice the different colored buttons - this was my daughter's request. How could I refuse knowing that she was the one who would be wearing the dress? As many of you know, a happy child = a child who will wear her handmades.


I don't know what possessed me to use this gorgeous fabric for my daughters rather than for myself (maybe during a moment of elation at their agreeing to twin, I had a lapse of judgement, haha). I'm glad I did because even my knit-loving daughter thoroughly approved.

The fabric is "Chaffinch Bough" in a lovely lawn from La Mercerie, and unfortunately because I bought it so long ago it is now sold out. Never fear - she has lots of beautiful wovens in stock, so please go check out the shop!

And now one more twinning photo because I can't resist sharing.


Thanks for reading and happy sewing!

Comments

  1. This is such a beautiful fabric! Thank you so much for all of your help, I love working with you and couldn't do this without you! I also love the button choice, it's perfect! XO, G

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    1. Thank you so much, Gabriela! I feel so lucky that I am part of your amazing team! Looking forward to what is to come xxx

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  2. Oh these are so lovely!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Emily! I love your twinning look - I might have to buy enough fabric for me and the girls next time ;)

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  3. They're so cute together! I think you should go for twinning more often ;)

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Eva! I think I might have to plan a bit better the next time I buy some fabric! ;)

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  4. well, I am glad you had a lapse of judgement and made thee gorgeous dresses from this stunning fabric. I like your older daughter's creative touch with the different coloured buttons. As or the pockets, my girlies LOVE their pockets, but they don't seem to care if they are in-seam, so I started skipping them. For some reason' they struggle finding them. Oh well, less work for me I guess. Now I need to make a Fringe for my big love!

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    1. Aw, thank you Jenya! As far as pockets goes, they usually ask for them, but now that I stop to think more carefully, they seem to prefer them in trousers. Looking forward to seeing your daughter's Fringe!

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  5. They are adorable and the dresses are so gorgeous. I love that you made them each their version. Same same but different. Clever!

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