The Women’s Fringe has been on sale since Monday, and as of today, you have a few more shopping options: you can purchase it in the Chalk and Notch shop HERE, in the Chalk and Notch ETSY store or on the UpCraft Club site. Just a reminder to buy your copy before the sale ends on Monday, August 28th!
Now that you have your Fringe pattern…it’s all about the fabric! In general, I try to limit my fabric purchases and shop when I have a specific project in mind. For a pattern release, I know I’ll be sewing about a dozen samples throughout the development process, so I tend to go a little crazy. Of course having beautiful samples helps for promotion, but I also learn and improve the pattern each time I sew it. For that reason, I make it a practice to sew different versions along with my testers. So lots of samples equals lots of fabric shopping, right?
Today I am bringing you a roundup of many of those indie fabric shops that I sourced for the Fringe pattern. The pattern works best with light to medium weight woven fabric with a nice drape. The recommended fabrics are cotton lawn, cotton voile, rayon challis, rayon voile, linen and double gauze. I find that View A (with an elbow length sleeve and tab) tends to drape better in a rayon. The list below includes many of the recommended fabrics, but anything with a nice hand/feel will work nicely!
What I’m most excited to share – and probably what you are most excited about – coupon codes! Many of these shops are offering you discount codes during the Fringe release week! So now is the perfect time to plan your Fringe Dress or Blouse with a little inspiration for these awesome testers and fabric shops! All coupons listed below are valid until Monday, August 28th! A huge thank you to these amazing shops and for their support of this release!
We were really lucky to have Dana, one of the Harts Fabric Managers, join our Fringe test. You can see Dana’s Fringe on IG, HERE. She was such a pleasure to work with and was super kind to offer our testers a discount to sew up some Fringe patterns. Several of us purchased the inspiration fabric, pictured here by the gorgeous Becca of Sunflower Seams. Becca is a talented pattern designer for Simple Life Pattern Company and such a wonderful friend. Mie of Sewing Like Mad also used this same fabric and she has a post up today, HERE. The blush pink fabric is a washed rayon and is currently out of stock, BUT it is coming back. I had to include it because it really is such a perfect fabric for this pattern.
In other fun news, I’ll be teaching my first sewing class at Harts Fabric on October 14th. If you are in the Santa Cruz area, come take the Fringe class with me; I’d love to meet you! You can find the class description on their site, HERE!
We also had Jess of La Mercerie in our test group! I don’t think I’ve ever had two shop owners/managers in one test before. Jess’s shop is beautifully curated and every woven fabric she has would be perfect for the Fringe. She just received a bunch of new fabrics, and I’ve already placed another order. She also has a post up reviewing her tester versions, HERE.
Grace of Maker Moutain Fabrics is so sweet. She partnered with me for a Win It Before You Can Buy It promotion for the Fringe release. I believe she has sold out of the Cotton + Steel painted roses fabric. However, I think any of the other fabrics would make for a really lovely and cheerful Fringe!
I came across Finch Sewing Studios on Etsy, and I love that they have such a large collection of fabrics. Did you know they also have a craft/sewing subscription box – The Finch Box? Go check out all of the details – HERE. Jill looks stunning in her Fringe dresses! She has sewed 3 versions, follow her on Instagram HERE to make sure you see all of her stunning photos. I also want to say that I love the rayon fabric from Atelier Brunette. The hand is really beautiful and I hear that more Atelier Brunette fabric is on its way to Finch Sewing Studios, so keep an eye out for that.
I’ve been obsessed with Miss Matatabi since I found them and received my first package! Frances has always been so kind and supportive of my business, and whenever I buy fabric from her, it always goes into my precious fabric stash. The quality of every fabric I have ordered is just amazing.
Rachael of Imagine Gnats is another super sweet, supportive, indie fabric shop owner. You can find Chalk and Notch patterns on her site as well. She just received a big shipment of the new Art Gallery rayon. If you have tried it, you know it’s lightweight and is pretty much the perfect apparel fabric. I sewed up a Fringe maxi hack with high slits, I love it and I want more! I’ll work on a post with more details to share with you, but it’s a pretty straightforward hack!
Diana of Raspberry Creek Fabrics is awesome! She has an IN-HOUSE digital printer – yes really! She releases new collections every season, and these rayons just hit her shop. #2 is not one of her exclusive prints, but it is amazing. I’m buying more to make another Fringe maxi.
I had the pleasure of shopping at Drygoods Design brick and mortar shop during our family vacation in Seattle. I left with gorgeous fabric and notions, and I was thrilled to find a new fabric source. Mie, of Sewing Like Mad, sewed up a Fringe hacked as a button up blouse. I think #1 is a really similar fabric choice to replicate the same look!
Two of our testers, Indu and Loni used #1 for the Fringe, and I love the results; make sure to check out their IG accounts for more photos. Josie of LA Finch Fabrics has a really unique selection of apparel fabrics, and I always check their selection when shopping for new patterns!
So there you have it. TONS of Fringe fabric inspiration and great discounts to get you sewing for all of your fall sewing projects!
I also want to say that this is by no means a comprehensive list of indie fabric shops, but they are shops that I purchased fabric from. I feel pretty strongly about buying from indie fabric shops to support other hardworking, creative ladies in our industry. So please, if you have other indie fabric shops you’d like to list, feel free to post a link in the comments so we can use this as a great resource to come.