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Comparing Two Fringe Tops

There are few things that are better in this life than a workhorse pattern.  You know, the one you can make in a variety of views, and with formal and informal fabrics.  The Fringe Pattern is definitely one of those for me.  I was lucky enough to test for Gabriela way back in July, and made this print Fringe dress.  Since then, I’ve made two Fringe tops as well.

I’m not the only one who loves the Fringe!  If you’re a member of the Chalk and Notch Facebook group, you may have noticed there’s tons of Fringe love goin’ on in there.  One of the most common questions I’ve seen in there is about the ties on the Fringe.  Gabriela drafted the tops to have no ties or ties in the back darts, but one tester put them in the front darts and we’ve all been hooked ever since!  People frequently ask for examples of a certain tie placement.  Since I’ve made my Fringe tops with different placements, I figured it was high time I wrote a post about them.

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My Fringe Tops

The fabric for both of these Fringe tops came from La Mercerie, one of my fave small fabric shops.  Jess has impeccable taste in fabric, and lucky for you both of these fabrics are still in stock!  She also has several other gorgeous floral fabrics, plus amazing yarn if you’re into that.

Two quick notes about these photos.  One — I used the skirt from my tester pattern of the Fringe.  The gathers in the official version have been reduced slightly.  Two — it is damn hard to get a photo of the side of a tied blouse without affecting the way it pulls.  I did the best I could, and I feel like these photos are reflective of the ways my Fringe Tops hang on me!

Ties in the Front

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quite possibly the most awkward front-on picture I have ever taken.

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here the curve of my arm follows the back of the blouse.

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you can see that the tie adds some definition, but it’s not overly bunched.
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the side view is the hardest to capture! I think this is pretty accurate, even though my arm is pulling the side up here.

No Ties

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don’t mind me noticing that I should have ironed this shirt before putting it on my body.
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I don’t think the back without ties is substantially more fitted. I mean, there’s definitely a difference, but I don’t think it’s frumpy!
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another decent shot of the waist.

I hope that these photos help you decide what you want to do with your ties!  It’s hard to see the ties on my dress version because of the fabric, but they’re in the front darts as well.  You can also head over to Gabriela’s tester roundup and look at the photos there. If you haven’t picked up a Fringe pattern yet, I definitely encourage you to do so!  It’s a super versatile pattern, and beautifully drafted.  Believe me — your closet needs this!

PS – two quick housekeeping notes.  First, this weekend is a newsletter weekend so scroll on down to sign up if you’re not already on the list!  I’ll be featuring some posts from #millennialsewing, which is my second note!  If you’re a millennial (born early 1980s to late 1990s), use the tag #millennialsewing on Instagram to share your makes.  Change the narrative that sewing is an old person thing (which is something we all know, but apparently the larger world does not…)!

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