Hi and Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and are having a great start to 2018! My sons were out of school for 2 weeks and they just went back Monday. It was so nice to have a break from rushing to get them out the door to school each morning and to get to do some fun things together as a family. It is nice to be back into our routine now and I’m hoping to be able to get a little more time to sew with the boys being back in school.
In December I made my first Fringe dress. I made the top length version of this pattern over the Summer and I’d been wanting to make the dress ever since. I decided that I was going to make it to wear to my sons’ Christmas program at school, which was the week before Christmas.
I had gotten this beautiful bird and feather print rayon fabric from Blackbird Fabrics in the Fall and I knew it would be the perfect match for the Fringe dress pattern. I’ve probably sung the praises of Blackbird Fabrics before, but let me take this opportunity to tell you again how much I love ordering fabric from that shop. All of the fabric I have gotten from Blackbird has been such great quality and the prints are so beautiful and unique. The shop is in Canada but I’ve found that the shipping costs are really pretty comparable to online fabric shops in the US.
I missed out on this fabric the first time it was in the shop and I was kicking myself for not ordering it right away. I love green and I feel like it can be sort of hard to find really great green fabrics. When I saw that this fabric was restocked I ordered it right away. I’m so glad I did. It’s such a pretty color and I love the print.
This time around I went with the button front bodice option on the Fringe Dress pattern. I added the waist ties to the back of the dress, which I wasn’t sure I was going to do after I made my Fringe Top. I’m glad I added them, though. I think they look really nice with this flowy fabric.
Each time I’ve worn this dress I’ve had to layer my black Blackwood Cardigan over it because it’s been so cold. I am super excited to wear this when warm weather rolls around again so that I can properly show off the cute details on the dress and the fabric.
I love how I feel wearing this dress! It’s comfortable and so cute. I really love the hemline and the cut on sleeves are my favorite to sew. I’m sure it will be one of my go-to dresses for Spring and Summer, but I’ll be wearing it layered and with tights this Winter, too. I would love to try it in a maxi version in the not-too-distant future. I would love to swan around in that and feel fancy while I am picking up Nerf darts and doing laundry. *wink*
I’m hoping to be back later this week or next week with a highlights post from 2017 and some thoughts on my sewing for 2018. I didn’t do a post like this last year and I regretted it, so I’m going to get to it soon!
Thanks for reading!