The December Dress, George + Ginger Patterns

A Review of The December Dress Pdf Pattern by George + Ginger Patterns.

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The December Dress has quite an unusual shape; when laid out flat it has 'flaps' at the hip but when worn it gives an interesting and unique draped shape. I had some drapey knit fabric in my stash that I thought would make a perfect December Dress - it's an odd animal print/camouflage combi from Forever Fabrics (no longer selling online unfortunately) .

December Dress Pdf Pattern Review George and Ginger Patterns

The December Dress comes in three lengths and four sleeve versions. I chose to make the long-sleeved mini length with band at the hem. I decided to omit the pockets because my fabric is quite a loose knit - also when the 'flaps' are inverted you can use them as pockets anyway (for putting your hands in, not secure enough for a phone or keys).

The December Dress is the unique and flattering style you've been looking for! This drop-pocket design features tunic, mini and dress lengths as well as sleeveless, cap, 3/4 and long sleeve options!

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Suggested fabric for The December Dress is any knit fabric with at least 50% stretch. More stable knits will give a puffy effect while drapier knits will lay flatter. The December Dress is available in sizes Tween - 5X which is a full bust range of 28.5" - 55.5". The pdf is layered and comes in sizes A4, US Letter, A0 and Projector versions.

December Dress Pdf Pattern Review George and Ginger Patterns

The December Dress is very quick to make (especially when you omit the pockets like I did!) and the instructions are very clear. There are instructions for grading different bust, waist and hip sizes as well lengthening and shortening tips. This pattern is drafted for a height of 5'6" so I shortened my dress at the designated line on the front and back by 1".

December Dress Pdf Pattern Review George and Ginger Patterns

There isn't a separate pattern piece for the long sleeves, instead you add a cuff to the 3/4 length pattern piece. When I tried my dress on the sleeves were a good 4" too long so I removed the cuffs, cut them in half and reattached. I'm not sure if I'd put the cuffs on the wrong way round as I don't usually have to shorten the sleeves by so much on George + Ginger patterns. If I make another long sleeved version I'll probably just lengthen the 3/4 length piece rather than adding a cuff. I also noticed that the neckline is wider than usual - this may be because I didn't do any grading or a FBA.

I'm really happy with my finished December Dress and it's perfect to wear with opaque tights or leggings. I like the band at the hem: it's a small design element that makes it a little edgier..

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