A Review of The Crimson Dress PDF Pattern by George + Ginger Patterns.
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The Crimson Dress from George and Ginger Patterns really caught my eye with its fluttery detail at the princess seams and I'm delighted with the finished item.
The designer describes The Crimson Dress as:
... the perfect dress for any occasion! With a beautiful flutter bodice and flattering circle skirt, this design is a stunner! Choose from sleeveless, short, 3/4 and long sleeves - and a bonus peplum length is included for a top option!
I chose to make the sleeveless dress version. Suggested fabric for this pattern is knit fabric with 50% stretch and I already had this fabric washed in my stash which was a perfect match. I didn't have quite enough of the black fabric for the ruffles so made the under ruffles out of some left over print.
I cut out and pinned the ruffles per the instructions but chose not to hem - this fabric doesn't fray and because I'd used my rotary cutter the raw edge was very neat. Also, the black fabric, while not thick, would have looked a bit chunky if I'd hemmed it. I also decided not to hem the skirt either - I wasn't being lazy, I promise, but the finish with the sharp cut edge was so nice that I didn't want to spoil it with a wavy hem!
I usually take one inch out of bodice patterns so decided to just omit the waistband piece of the Crimson Dress altogether and attach the bodice directly to the skirt. I'm really pleased I did this as I think that I've ended up with a very nice flattering fit.
The bodice of The Crimson Dress is lined and because I had chosen to make the sleeveless version I thought that I would sew it together using the "burrito method". This leaves a beautifully neat finish inside without any raw edges. This worked very well but I had to be careful not to trap any of the ruffles in the seams.
The circle skirt was very quick and easy to attach and I think it gives a very flattering fit over the stomach area.
Final Thoughts: I love my Crimson Dress!