Ginger Skirt Tutorial!

The amazing Kaitlin is back…with a much-anticipated tutorial on how she created a darling tube dress, skirt and poncho all-in-one from the Ginger Dress!

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Hello again! To start on this Ginger Dress modification, you will need the Ginger Dress pattern. You will need less fabric than what it calls for in the Ginger Dress, but I would still purchase off that chart just to be sure. This is super simple, quick and amazing since it can be worn as a tube top dress or skirt!

Lay your fabric out then the Ginger dress pattern piece on top. Starting at the bottom center of the dress follow the pattern and cut all the way around until you get to the top of the under arm seam. Instead of following the pattern up from here, you will cut straight across, this will be your waist of the skirt. After you cut once piece of the skirt out, cut an identical piece. You now have the front and back of the skirt!

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To construct sew it together the same way you would sew the ginger up. If you wanted to add trim, you could cut (4) 5 times the width of fabric strips to attach for the bottom trim. You may need to shorten (or lengthen) the main skirt depending on height, to keep the trim off the ground or from having it too short if you decide to not use trim.  On mine I made without the trim I added maybe an inch to the bottom of the dress to give it a little more length. (I am 5ft 9in)

For the waistband I cut mine 3in x 29in but basically you need it a few inches smaller than the waist if the skirt to help bring it in. Attach the waistband similar to how you would attach the neck binding. You could make it thicker to have it as a fold over yoga type waistband. To finish up you may choose to hem around the bottom of the skirt, I didn’t but I’m impatient 🙂 BAM. Awesome dress/skirt, done!

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~Kaitlin

Ginger Cloak Pattern Mash!

Today on the blog, one of our awesome testers, Kaitlin Howton, explains how she created a pattern mash that’s to die for!  Follow along as she walks you through it step-by-step to achieve this amazing garment!  Here she is…

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Alrighty, things you will need. Patterns I used are The Ginger Dress pattern and The Classic Cloak pattern.  I started with the same fabric amount that is called for in The Ginger Dress.

So first, I laid the fabric out and then my ginger pattern piece on top. I cut out the skirt portion of the dress from the bottom center fold, all the way around to the top right corner of the pattern piece.

I’m going to try to explain this next step clearly since this is where my experiment came in to play. Instead of following the Ginger Dress from there on up, I created my own straight line up to right above the under arm point on the Ginger Dress (top of the side seam) it now connects again about half way up the armscye. I was thinking a straight seam to the neck like on the Effortless Cowl Poncho.

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I grabbed the Classic Cloak front pattern piece and replaced it with the Ginger pattern. I used the cloak to cut the front neckline. You now have your front piece cut. I took that piece and cut out an identical one but narrowed the back neckline. It’s similar to the back neckline on the Ginger, which using that one could work, but I made mine a little wider to help get the off the shoulder look.

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Next I needed to figure where to put the armholes. For this I took my front fabric piece and laid it out, but kept it folded, I put the front cloak pattern and matched the top neckline point of the fabric and the pattern piece (I’m using the placement marks for the armholes). I turned the pattern piece to where it runs parallel with the new front piece we just cut and marked the top placement of the arm hole…it’s should be about 2”-3” down. Then I turned the pattern piece and marked the bottom armhole placement so the armhole is now perpendicular to the shoulder seam similar to the classic cloak.

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I cut a slit through the layers from the top point to the bottom point.

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To construct the tunic, I sewed the top shoulder seams, then hemmed all the way around the bottom of the tunic. To figure the neckband, I cut a 2” strip that was 80% length of the neck hole. To figure the arm hole, I measured the hole and cut that length by 2” and then attached both the neckband and armhole bands as usual. Tada!

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~Kaitlin

FREE Ginger Snap 18″ Doll Dress Tutorial

Hello G&G fans! Since the Ginger Dress and Ginger Snap dress has been such a fun release, one of our wonderful testers, Natashia Saurey has put together a fun and free 18” doll Ginger Dress tutorial for you! Follow along with Natashia’s steps and you will have cute matching dolly dress for your little…and a great scrap buster project too! How sweet it that? Here she is!

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This tutorial is based off the knowledge of the original Ginger Snap Dress…with just a few minor adjustments!

NOTE: Depending on the stretch of your fabric and because of the tiny size of the dress, you may need to adjust just a little bit. You may have to cut some of the trim off after you line it up.

What you will need:

The Ginger Snap Doll Pieces

3/8” Velcro, 7.5” long (or cut a 3/4″ piece in half like I did!)

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Step 1: Sew the bodice and attach the sleeves to the bodice the same as you would in the Ginger Snap pattern, except the back bodice will be split instead of all one piece!  Don’t sew the sleeve and side seams together just yet!

Step 2: Fold neck band in half. Place it with raw edges together along the neck and pin. Sew together and then topstitch if you wish!

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Step 3: You can hem or add the sleeve bands now. If hemming, hem them the same as in the pattern. If adding arm bands, fold them in half widthwise. Then align raw edges on right side of the sleeve and sew. It’s much easier to do this now then try later!

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Step 5: Sew the sleeve and side seams just like the pattern.

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Step 6: Fold back bodice piece in .5″ and then another .5″ and pin. Sew 1/8″ down on inside fold. Repeat with other back bodice piece.

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Step 7: Attach front trim just like the main Ginger pattern.

Step 8: Attach both back trim pieces to each bodice piece.

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Step 9: Attach side trim pieces.

Step 10:  Hem the trim if using woven. If using knit, you don’t have to.

Step 11: Sew Velcro strips on back bodice pieces. Sew one strip to the inside and one to the outside of the back bodice pieces. When you overlap you will be able to see where to sew each one.

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All done! Put it on your doll and give to your little girly and watch her face light up!

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~Natashia