I LOVE fall.
In D.C., fall meant cool afternoons perfect for showing off new boots and thoughtfully draped plaid scarves. Fall in Florida is considerably warmer, but cool enough for morning coffee on the patio with my fabric and sewing quality control specialist, The Woman in Cabin 10 (I can’t put it down!) and a DIY pumpkin spice latte. It was pretty much heaven. (The latte recipe is pretty good! You can make one of your own using the directions here.)
In honor of my favorite season, I sewed a dress in flannel buffalo plaid. Since it’s still in the high 80s in Florida during the day, a short sleeved fall dress is completely appropriate.
My first Fringe Dress was sewn in a Liberty cotton floral with an added sash (click link here for pattern review). For this version, I opted for the button front as opposed to the keyhole neckline. I think the buttons work better than a keyhole with this fabric. Since the fabric is stiff, I omitted the interfacing at the button holes and chose not to put on the sleeve tabs. I debated adding a sash, but, I didn’t think the sash would drape the way I wanted. Instead, I used the pattern suggested ties that originate from the front darts and tie in the back. At first, I worried this would be too youthful looking, but it works fine.
My two versions look very different which was a good thing this week. I wasn’t thinking when I got ready for work one morning and wore the dresses back-to-back. They’re so different, I don’t think anyone noticed! I even got a lot of compliments at work from both adults and students which is always lovely.
While I really like both versions, I think this is my favorite of the two Fringe Dresses. It’s perfectly “fall” and pairs well with tights and boots. What’s not to love?