I think it's pretty obvious by now how much I love every single one of the Chalk and Notch patterns. This one provides the same professional touch that has become a trademark of all her patterns. I will give you the details from the website first:
Okay, aside from the fact that I should have taken photos before the wrinkles appeared, I love this dress. It's so comfortable to wear and yet I still get to look semi-put-together while I'm out and about. So different from my usual jeans and t-shirt (dare I say it?) momiform, haha.
I made the size 0 based on my measurements, and I am very happy with the fit. You might notice that I lengthened the front a bit so the high-low hem isn't as dramatic as on my other version (I made two dresses, but I'll show you the other one another time). Not sure that I'm loving what I did there, but I don't really like to expose too much leg -- and okay, okay, I'll admit I forgot to lengthen the back piece while I was at it, gah!
The lining is just a basic lightweight cotton that I bought from my local fabric shop. Part of me is still wondering if I am doing a disservice to the Liberty fabric by pairing it with this cotton. I think the ruffles would flow more nicely if I hadn't lined it, as I did with the other lawn dress I made. Okay, I'll stop talking about it and wait till I can show you.
My first version (the tester or wearable muslin, if you will) was the View A blouse, and I made this one using a pretty floral rayon challis that I got from one of my favorite US online shops, Raspberry Creek Fabric.
I made this one in the same size as the dress, and I love the drape. I lined these sleeves with double gauze that I had in my stash.
I love how this can be a pretty fancy blouse or dress when you use an extra special fabric (especially with the View B), and when you use something more casual, as I did for the blouse, it can be paired with jeans for a daytime look. There are so many wonderful aspects to the pattern -- to all of the Chalk and Notch patterns (precise instructions, clear illustrations, printing in layers, etc.). But my favorite thing is that I know that every time I open up one of my Chalk and Notch patterns, I will not be disappointed with the pattern pieces or the fit of the final product. And neither will you.
If you would like some amazing inspiration, you can check out Part 1 of the tester round-up HERE and Part 2 HERE. I will be sure to post my other dress as soon as I can get decent pictures of it. (Oh, and a big thank you to my daughter, who kindly took these photos of me.)
Thank you, Gabriela, for another wonderful pattern!
The Farrah blouse/dress is available for purchase on the Chalk and Notch website, on UpCraft Club, the Chalk and Notch Etsy store. Once you've made yours, be sure to join the Chalk and Notch Facebook group and share it with everyone!