Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress no.3

Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress in Sou Sou Chijimi bold floral print cotton

I often say that I rarely sew a pattern twice, but this should not be true if we’re going by what’s been published to the blog so far! This year I’ve been cutting into the good fabrics because life’s too short. Feeling brave, yes! However, just to be on the safe side I’ve picked patterns that I have made before. Life’s too short for toile, too. Dare I say!

Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress in Sou Sou Chijimi bold floral print cotton

I ordered this Smiley Hanadairo Chijimi cotton from Sou Sou all the way from Japan last year. The fabric has a wrinkled surface, so there’s no need for ironing and it’s so lovely to wear. Can’t wait to go to Kyoto to visit their shop and fondle their fabrics again….

Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress in Sou Sou Chijimi bold floral print cotton

What to make with 2 metres of a giant floral print? A dress with very few seams. For this one, I picked the Chalk and Notch Fringe dress. I made 2 before and have loved this design except for the sides of the hem, it’s too short, not to my liking. If I lengthened the skirt, then it’d be too long on the front and back. So for this one, I drafted my own skirt panel with a straight hem.

 

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Drafting the skirt is straight forward. First, I lined up the skirt pattern on top of my ‘trace and toile’. I traced along the top and side edges until I reached the raised hem. I measured the length of the centre front/back, which was 62.5cm, then I measured and marked a straight line from the waist edge 62.5cm down the side seams. I then used a curve rule to true the hem curve. And it’s done!

 

Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress in Sou Sou Chijimi bold floral print cotton

Apart from straightening the skirt hem, I did not make any adjustments. This is a size 0, no fitting issues as it’s a loose fitting dress.

In these photos I was wearing my silver MIMCO shoes to match the silver spots in my dress. Isn’t it the happiest print ever?

Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress in Sou Sou Chijimi bold floral print cotton

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