Hey everyone! I recently connected with Gabriela from Chalk and Notch Patterns while she was in town visiting a few months ago. We met up for lunch and did a little fabric shopping (along with Leslie too!). We had the best time! She is super talented and the nicest gal you’ll ever meet. When she invited me to be part of the Farrah Summer Tour, I just had to say yes! Kim of Sweet Red Poppy was so kind to take these amazing photos for me, and as great as they are, I just have to say that this dress is even more stunning in real life! You just have to see this fabric in person. I’m so excited to tell you all about it and this dress. Let’s jump right in!
So the Farrah pattern by Chalk and Notch comes with a shirt and dress option, both equally cute! I decided to go with the dress option for this post. I sewed up the size 4, and added 4″ in length from the shirt lengthen/shorten line on the pattern. Gabriela recommends lengthening from underneath the bottom side slits, but I didn’t want my slits to be longer. This worked just as I wanted.
I also decided to add a sleeve to my version. It started out as a flutter sleeve but ended up having too much volume so I shortened each sleeve about an inch. I love how the sleeves blend in with the ruffles giving me a little extra coverage, but not too much. I took a basic sleeve pattern and re-drafted it into a flutter sleeve. There are tons of tutorials online if you need help! I used this tutorial for mine!
Overall, the pattern instructions are easy to follow. The hardest part for me was inserting the gussets. It’s just a little tricky to get your points exactly right.
I used this GORGEOUS Nani Iro double gauze fabric from Miss Matatabi. I was a little nervous choosing a double gauze for this pattern. I wasn’t sure how the ruffles would lay, and I was worried the dress would be too stiff looking. I’m actually really obsessed with how the double gauze looks on this dress! It’s so soft and comfortable to wear, and I really like the added volume it gives to the ruffles and sleeves. Plus this print and color!! So good. (Like you have to see it in person, so good!).
I decided not to line my ruffles because the fabric is a little thicker and has less drape than a rayon, but next time around I would probably try lining them.
I used the border of this fabric for my two top yoke pieces and sleeves, and I love how it breaks up the dress a little bit. This was a really fun fabric to work with.
I really love the overall look of this dress. The ruffles are so on trend, and add a really fun feminine touch to this dress. I love the style of the dress itself with the yokes and gathered back, and mitered hem! It’s a winner in my book!
Comfort level is a big one for me, and I could wear this dress all day long!
You can grab a copy of the Farrah pattern for yourself at 15% off this week using the code “sara” at checkout!
Make sure to check out all of the other gorgeous versions of Farrah made by the other bloggers of this tour. These ladies are all so talented, and I’m obsessed with all of their versions!
CHALK AND NOTCH FARRAH SUMMER TOUR
Please note: the pattern and fabric were provided for this post. This post contains affiliate links, but all opinions are my own.