Listen, my love for the Fringe is well documented. So it’s no surprise that I’ve been looking forward to the Fringe month of #SewMyStyle2018 all year! Because I’ve made a few Fringe patterns in my day, I wanted to try out something new. For this month’s #SewMyStyle2018, I decided to do a little Fringe top hack and came up with this Fringe pattern tunic!
My Fringe Top Hack
Fabric and Sizing
I made my Fringe tunic in a size six. It fits like a dream once it’s on, but I will admit to there being a moment of fear when I put it on, questioning whether it’ll go over my shoulders. Gabriela is a genius drafter and of course it always does! But I know at least one participant put a zip in the side, which she mentioned in our Facebook group. Side note: how cute are her glasses?!
My Fringe tunic is a basic black silky rayon crepe from JOANN. To be honest, I didn’t have high expectations for this fabric. Rayon crepe is often super shifty and overall difficult to work with. BUT, this fabric totally exceeded my expectations! It frays, so you need to finish off those edges, but I’ve seen far worse fabrics to work with before.
Sewing the Fringe Top Hack
I love sewing Gabriela’s patterns because they’re really designed with intention. From her layered PDFs to her thoughtful testing periods, the links within the pattern to her sewalongs, you can’t go wrong with a Chalk + Notch pattern.
Clearly, I extended the skirt element of the Fringe top. I noticed that my Fringe tops look a little short on me, since I’m pretty tall. I added about 2.5″ to the skirt and I am totally in love! I think it makes it look like the Fringe would on a person of average height.
I will say the one downside to this fabric is the fact that it’s pretty thin. It’s not sheer enough to show undergarments or anything, which is a real plus. But, you can see the bias tape on the hem popping through in some areas. Normally, this is not a huge problem, but when you choose light blue bias tape for a black top… not awesome. It’s not super noticeable, which is good — still, it’s definitely one of those things that I will always notice as the maker of the garment!
In the end, though, I do love all my Fringe patterns and this one is no exception. It was so fun to watch everyone’s versions roll in, and I’m so excited that lots of people loved this #SewMyStyle2018 pick. Do you want to ensure you love every #SewMyStyle2019 pick? Take the #SewMyStyle2018 feedback survey! And if you really want to get involved next year, you can apply to become a leader! Applications for leaders close October 15, 2018, so be sure to apply soon.