60's Vibes Chalk and Notch Orchid Midi
Full disclosure: I was compensated for my fabric and for my photographs by Chalk and Notch, but all opinions in this post are my own.
Ya’ll I can’t wait to tell you all about this dress. When Gabriela of Chalk and Notch reached out to me about testing their new re-release of their Orchid Midi Dress, I was so game. I’ve never sewn a Chalk and Notch pattern but I had been eyeing their best selling Fridge dress from afar for a long time. The Orchid Midi is way more my style. Flutter sleeve? Faux wrap? NO ZIPPER? Sounds made for me.
The reason the Orchid Midi is getting a rerelease is because of its new extended bust sizing. There is an option to sew the pattern with a A/B cup and a C/D cup, which is my new favorite thing. I cut this pattern, made no adjustments, and made it. It was so simple. Life has never been like this before. Especially after my epic Emery fitting saga. If I were going to make this dress again I’d probably lengthen the sleeves by 2 inches, but that’s about all I’d do.
Fabric for this dress is from Cottoneer! My first instinct for this dress was an gingham- surprising, I’m sure. And then when I saw Cottoneer had this quilting cotton from A Beautiful Mess I knew I had been blown in. I’m such an Elsie Larson fan girl. However, I am not a quilting cotton fan girl. I’ve made a bunch of ugly garments in quilting cotton and had been put off using it for garments for years. During our knitting gab sesh’s Hannah has been encouraging me to be less of a snob about fabric and try some more quilting cotton projects.
I love my dress, I still hate quilting cotton. It just feels icky. I’ll still wear this dress, I’ll just pout about it.
I just want to rave about the construction of this dress for a minute: this is the most thoughtful construction with the best directions and well thought out pattern. I just loved every second of making it. I was a bit stressed when I was making it because I was under a time crunch (of my own making) but I printed the pattern, cut out, and sewed the whole dress in 6 hours. I usually have to fudge lines, cut corners, and make it work, as Tim Gunn says, with every pattern a little bit. This pattern was straight forward and no corners were cut or lines were fudged. I am extremely impressed with the thoughtfulness and craftsmanship in this dress.
That’s all today folks! I hope you enjoyed these super fun pics in Highland Park!