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A review of Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress and Blouse

Reviewed by Mel Forrest on 22nd September, 2019

I’ve seen lots of beautiful versions of this pattern pop-up on Instagram, so I thought it was about time I made my own! It’s a simple sew and I think seamstresses with a range of experience would be able to successfully sew their own top or dress. I chose to make View A, which has a button up front, but I opted for the cuff sleeve option from View B. I included the waist ties to ensure I got a nice silhouette and decided to insert them into the front darts (alternatively you can stitch them into the back darts or the side seams).

The fabric I used is a really gorgeous Dashwood Studio viscose that I was gifted by Sew By The Sea in Margate. It behaved very well while I was sewing, as viscose goes, and I think the drape is perfect for this pattern. The colour is a lovely warm mustard yellow with a small botanical motif and I think this will work really well as a transitional piece in my wardrobe as the weather cools down and we head into autumn.

The instructions are really very good and each step was clearly written with well thought out diagrams. I like how the different versions have separate sections in the instruction booklet, although I did have to skip between the sections to be able to combine elements of the different versions.

I made a straight size 4 with not alterations, as this size suited my own measurements most closely (bust 33″, waist 27″ and hips 38″). Despite making the bust cup size A/B bodice, I have found it to gape quite a bit at the neckline. I think I would make the size 2 next time, as this might be a better fit for me.

I’m really pleased with my finished dress and I think it will be a very well-worn garment in my wardrobe. My favourite details are the pretty curved hem, the cute buttons and of course, the pockets! I’ve already worn it several times, both to work and out and about – the waist ties were a very welcome feature after bottomless brunch!