If you’ve noticed, in the fashion world this spring, fringe seems to be all the rage. I wanted to create a simple fringe look that would still be comfortable to wear on a daily basis.
When I think of summer sundress comfort, I think of stretchy, knit fabrics. Don’t you?
– 2 yards of knit interlock
– Pattern Pieces (Size M)
– water soluble marker
– knit bias binding ( 1 rectangle = 2 inches X length of neckline, 2 rectangles = 2 inches X length of arm scythe + 16 inches)
– fusible interfacing
Start by adding two rows of basting stitches across the top side of your “fringe” piece. Leave the tails long on each side for gathering.
Gather the “fringe” fabric until it matches the right side of the neckline of your front bodice piece. Then pin in place and use a basting stitch to attach. Ignore the hemmed portion of this photo. I had originally thought I wanted a ruffled neckline and then,cha-ching, the fringe idea popped into my head.
With right sides together, pin the front and back bodice at the side seams and sew using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Create your bias binding by folding your strips in half length-wise, wrong sides together. Press.
Open the bias tape and press each long side into the middle crease.
Then press the bias tape in half again, matching the folded edges.
Now sandwich the raw edge of your bodice in the middle of the bias tape, pin and sew, 1/8 inch from the open edge. Cut the excess from each short end if necessary.
Continue by matching the middle of each strap piece to the middle of the side seam. Again, sandwich the raw edge of the arm scythe between the bias tape and pin. Start sewing the bias tape closed from the left-hand short end to the right-hand short end. Repeat for the other side.
Sew the side seams of the skirt pieces. Add basting line and gather as necessary. Then place the bodice raw edge over the raw edge of the skirt, right together, pin and sew using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Flip right side out, press the seam allowance down and top stitch in place.
With a water soluble marker, mark 1/2 inch increments along the raw edge of your fringe.
Lay the fringe part of the bodice flat, separating it from the main bodice underneath and cut straight up until you are about 2 to 3 inches from the bias tape. Start at the outside edges and work your way in, alternating a cut on each side.
Hem your skirt to knee length, tie a knot in each end of the straps and it’s ready to wear. Simply tie your straps together over your shoulders and you’ve got a fun, and flirty Summer look.
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