Sleeveless Ginger Tutorial!

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Today, one of our talented testers, Shauna Loggins of Lucky Sew Duck, is here to share how to make an adorable sleeveless Ginger dress! Follow along with her photo tutorial so you can make Gingers year round!

 

What you will need:

Sewing Machine or Serger

Scissors

Thread

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Ginger Dress Pattern

or Ginger Snap Dress Pattern

Arm Band Cutting Chart below…

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You will construct the arm bands the same way as the neckband in the Ginger pattern.

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Tada! Now you have a summer Ginger! So fun and quick!

Happy Sewing,

Shauna

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

FREE Circle Vest Sleeve Add-On!

Hey everyone!

I hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving (and Black Friday!) with your families. The #ggstyle sewing contest was a HUGE success. I felt so inspired by everyone’s creativity that I wanted to say THANK YOU by providing all George and Ginger fans/followers with a FREE sleeve add-on for the circle vest pattern. I’m pretty sure most of you have an abundance of fleece from last week’s Joann sale, but if you don’t, I will show you how I upcycle old blankets, sheets, and thrift store finds into adorable, one of a kind pieces of clothing.

The G&G circle vest works best with fabric that is 58″-60″ wide. I’m a bargain shopper and am aware that on every other day of the year that is NOT Black Friday, knit and fleece fabric may be a bit pricey. I go to Goodwill AT LEAST twice a week after I drop the kids off at school and look for blankets, sheets, tablecloths, old clothing, and basically anything else that I can up cycle and turn into cute outfits for my kids and myself. There are many benefits to recycling old clothing and linens. Here are a few:

– Up cycling is good for the environment! These are items that would have otherwise found their way into a landfill, and you’re giving them a “second chance”.

– Most blankets and sheets are MUCH WIDER than 60 inches and longer than one yard. You can easily get 2-3 projects out of a twin size sheet, and even more with a full, queen, or king.

– Most old sheets, blankets, linens, etc. cost less than one yard of fabric at a specialty fabric store.

– When you sew a garment out of an old blanket, you are making a one of a kind outfit that NO ONE else has, versus using store bought fabric that is readily available for anyone to purchase.

Today, I’ll be showing you how to turn your circle vest into a super cute cardigan in a few simple steps. I made mine out of this BEAUTIFUL, double-sided blanket from goodwill, and $1/yard knit fabric from Walmart for the sleeves. This entire circle cardigan cost me less than $4 total to make!

First, you will need to download and sew the circle vest pattern HERE. Second, you will have to download the free sleeve add on. You can find the sleeve template HERE.

I am not adding a lining to my vest, only because the blanket was double sided and very thick. Once you cut the vest and sleeves out, your pile should look like this. Dahlia didn’t want to move off of my cutting mat, so she’s making an appearance today on the blog. (seriously…could you say no to that sweet face?)

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Anyway, once you have your pieces cut, you are going to sew or serge down the straight, raw edges of the sleeve. Make sure you have it folded with the right sides together. Repeat with the second sleeve.

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Next, pin your sleeve around the armhole of the vest, with the right sides of both the sleeve and cardigan facing each other. Start pinning at the bottom of the armhole, making sure the seam on the sleeve is in the center at the bottom of the armhole, pinning all the way up to the shoulder. Sew and repeat with the second sleeve.

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… And you’re done! How easy was that? After completion, I ended up taking the fringe from the blanket and sewing it to the outside perimeter of my circle cardigan. That step is completely optional, but very easy to do.

I already have all of my friends and family asking for circle vests and cardigans for Christmas, and yours will be too. I’m so excited to see everyone’s circle vest -turned cardigans! You guys are amazing…

Now, go to Goodwill…buy all the blankets, and #sewallthethings

-Brittany

Brittany

Keeping It Classy Collection SNEAK PEEK!

Hi everyone!

George and Ginger Pattern Company’s first collection goes live in ONE WEEK! All of the testers have been hard at work to make sure this collection is everything you’re expecting it to be and more! But today, we are officially kickin’ off the blog with some sneak peeks, a G&G Black Friday ‘Survival Guide’, and info on the HUGE release day giveaway. Let’s get started, shall we?

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Photo: September Grace Photography

Every year Joann Fabric and Craft Stores start their Black Friday specials early. This year the doorbusters start TOMORROW! They obviously know how addicted we all are to fabric. Well played, Joann… I am going to personally walk you through each of our three new releases, and how to score the best deal on fabric this week to prepare for each pattern!

First up, we have the Downtown Overcoat. For this stylish coat, wool and heavier fabrics are ideal, however, you can use ANY woven fabric you’d like! The snuggle flannel prints at Joann are seriously to die for. What’s even better is that starting tomorrow at 6 am, flannel will only be $1.49 – $1.74 a yard. You can line it with another equally as cute flannel print or solid, OR you can pick up some quilter’s showcase cotton fabric for only $3.99 a yard Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. If you wait until Saturday, you can score the quilters showcase prints for 60 percent off, making them around $2.39 a yard (I can’t guarantee there will be any left though)! If you’re looking to make the coat with heavier fabric, ALL apparel fabric will be 60 percent off starting Saturday morning. You can get away with making a COAT for under $10.00! How cool is that?

 

Second, we have the Darling Dress. This one is probably the quickest sew of them all, with the most options! With options for knit, woven, stretch lace, chiffon…you can’t go wrong with this dress! Depending on the look you’re trying to achieve, there are MANY Black Friday deals that will help you get the most for your money. When your friends ask “How much was that dress?” you can literally tell them it was between $5.00-$15.00 (maybe even less)! If your taste is “crazy” like mine, you may opt for the 50 percent off licensed character prints for your dress!

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Lastly, we have the Classic Cloak. This super simple yet elegant design can be made and lined with any woven fabric, even though 60 inch wide fabric is ideal. Flannel and fleece make it warm and cozy for the cold winter days ahead. You’re definitely going to want to hit up the flannel sale for this one! As I mentioned earlier, apparel fabric will be 60 percent off on Saturday. For extra savings, purchase your buttons for 40 percent off, valid Tuesday-Saturday. Since buttons are not a doorbuster deal, use the 25% off your total purchase coupon for extra savings!

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Some other ways to save this week at Joann’s:

-ALL cutting tools will be 60 percent off starting Tuesday (ending Friday)

– Thread and quilting notions will be 40 percent off from Tuesday-Saturday

– Dress forms and mannequins will be 60 percent off Saturday only

– Their ENTIRE STOCK of Christmas Fabric will be 70 percent off starting TOMORROW (Tuesday).

– There are two 50 percent off coupons and two 25 percent off coupons, each valid Friday and Saturday. You may use as many 50 percent off coupons as you’d like, just as long as the item IS NOT on sale, and each coupon has a different bar code number.

If you do not have a Joann store in close proximity, don’t worry–the sale is valid online as well!

I will be wrapping up my first official blog entry with a G&G launch party giveaway! One lucky winner will win ALL 3 patterns from the debut Keeping It Classy Collection, along with 3 corresponding fabric bundles for each pattern.  To enter, all you need to do is make a G&G free pattern (download them all HERE) and post a photo in the George and Ginger Facebook Group and hashtag your picture with #ggstyle!  You may enter as many times as you’d like!  Winner will be chosen randomly at 10 am CST on Monday, November 30!

Good luck, and #sewallthethings

~Brittany

Brittany

Everyday Circle Vest FREE PATTERN!

It’s here! The George & Ginger Everyday Circle Vest is now available for download! And the best part? It’s FREE!

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What better way to give G&G a try than with a new pattern with actual pieces? This darling knit vest has a no-sew option—just cut and go! Or create a reversible vest with two fun fabric layers! Add trim, buttons…or even colorblock it!

Link to download:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4tzqmh485vffe88/GG%20Everyday%20Circle%20Vest.pdf?dl=0

Download this adorable pattern for fall and winter today…and let us know what you think of the pieces! And make sure you check back in this week as we count down to the Keeping It Classy Pattern Collection launch! There will be sneak peeks, contests and giveaways…so stick around!

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Stay classy,

Kristi

Hello and welcome to the official kick off of George & Ginger Pattern Company!

G&G PDF patterns are the sketches of my personal flair and style!  Get ready to explore new techniques, fabrics and expression while you sew sophisticated and stunning designs written just for women!  We are here to help guide and inspire your creativity along the way…

Every pattern coming your way will be thoroughly tested and classy-women approved!  With beautifully designed layered pieces, and graphic and color photos, each pattern will take you from store-bought to a whole new handmade wardrobe!  Selfish sewing at its finest!

While preparing for the December 1st launch of the premiere pattern collection, we have two FREE fall/winter patterns to start your G&G library!  Both are quick, easy sews with no pieces…and so classic and sleek, you can’t be without them!

The Effortless Cowl Poncho and The All Wrapped Up Sweater are the perfect accessories to any ensemble!  These relaxed and cozy designs can be made with knit, sweater knit and even fleece!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ammxdavvme4dz6y/AAAnomNoX9uHGFO6O_PMuJIPa?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9jf6goq1gakw6eu/gg%20effortless%20cowl%20poncho.pdf?dl=0

If you are looking to try a new class of patterns, you can’t go wrong with G&G style!  Head over to the Facebook pattern group for support and inspiration!

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1486285618343038?ref=bookmarks

Thank you for visiting!

~Kristi