The Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress is the most petite friendly sewing pattern with few fit adjustments, making it an easy pattern to sew for petite sewists.
Can one have too many Chalk and Notch Fringe dresses or blouses? I don’t think so. I’m on my third make of this pattern and it never disappoints! My first time making this pattern was in early 2019 when I made a pink Fringe Blouse. Ever since then it has been a staple in my wardrobe. I always wear it and it goes with almost everything! In 2019 I also made a Fringe Dress for the Minerva Blog using embroidered linen. It’s interesting to see how different fabrics change the drape and shape of the dress!
Why I Love the Chalk and Notch Fringe Pattern
One of the major reasons why I keep coming back to this pattern is that it is incredibly petite friendly. I don’t have to make any waistline adjustments in the bodice and adjusting the skirt length depends on my length preference. The only adjustment I made was that I did bring this dress up a couple inches. I wanted it to be a short dress length rather than midi-length.
The pattern instructions are also very well written and incredibly easy to follow. It outlines the steps very well and includes photos which are super helpful in the sewing process! I think that this is the perfect pattern for a beginner who wants to expand their skills and take on a bigger project. When I first sewed this pattern, this was a great pattern to learn how to do a neckline facing.
My Sewing Process
I made my dress using a textured viscose crepe from Blackbird Fabrics. It is lightweight so I was a bit nervous that it would be too see-through. It ended up being fine as long as I wear nude undergarments.
I opted for the back waist tie option on this dress. I love the look as it helps cinch in the waist and make it a bit more fitted. Cinching in the waist also gives me a bit of length which I always appreciate as a petite person!
My ‘Oops’ Moments
I have to admit – there were a couple face-palm moments while making this dress! I blame it on ‘COVID-19 quarantine brain’. For some reason my focus has been super affected by being at home all day every day.
When I originally decided to make my Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress, I wanted to make View A with buttons going down the middle of the bodice. It’s supposed to look a little something like this:
The major issue I had is that I totally failed to sew the neckline facing correctly. My neckline did not overlap how it’s supposed to in order to accommodate the buttons! I had a short freak out moment because I generally have a hard time following instructions to begin with. When things go astray, I panic. Eventually I took to the Instagram community for some troubleshooting.
I was able to cross the neckline over just enough as to not warp my bodice. I’m happy that it worked out and ended up being a happy little accident. To finish the bodice I stitched down the overlapping section so that it won’t flap open. I’m not really a fan of showing a lot of boobage!
My last mishap is that when I was prepping the skirt to attach it to the bodice I accidentally hemmed the waistline! Thankfully that’s an easy fix. All it took was a seam ripper and a little extra time.
Final Thoughts on My Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress
Overall, I’m super happy with how my third Fringe dress turned out! Despite the few bumps in my sewing process, everything worked out! I now have a simple white dress to wear *hopefully* this summer! Let’s also hope I don’t spill any drinks or food on it…
If you haven’t sewed the Chalk & Notch Fringe Dress/Blouse yet, I highly recommend it. It is the perfect pattern for petite sewing!