What should you do with a lovely fabric that is one of your faves in your stash?
You should use it for a Blog Tour featuring the Gingersnap Dress Pattern from MCM Studio Designs!
So that is what I did….. when this blog tour opportunity came along, I pulled my cherished fabric from the shelf and created this dress to represent the 4 seasons as shown in the trees on the fabric print.
The Gingersnap Pattern is an a-line shaped kimono dress with a square neckline and a simple closure in the back. I added side pockets, piping between the bodice and skirt, shortened the sleeves a bit, and added a ribbon tie as the back closure. While the pattern can be made as a dress or a tunic, I opted for the dress length – although it is a bit short on my tall 5 year old.
The fabric is from a quilt store in Portland, OR that I visited last summer during my daughter’s dance competition. I fell in love with it instantly! It is Stof fabric from Denmark, that I see very little of here in Pacific Northwest US or even online. The fabric is perfect for this dress, and then I added hand embroidery of the 4 little trees to the white bodice. It is her 4 Seasons in Trees dress… a definite keepsake.
The kimono style was new for me. The bodice and sleeves are one piece with simple seams at the top of the shoulder across the top of the arms – so no sleeves to set in (sweet!). And instead of the 3/4 length sleeves, I cut 2 inches off to hem the sleeves just above the elbow.
The back of the dress pattern is closed with a button and loop, but I changed that out for a hot pink ribbon to tie in a bow. And, instead of 2 pieces on the back skirt, I combined the pattern pieces into a single skirt panel cut on the fold. This makes it a bit tight going over her head, so I will have to add a slit into the skirt and finish the insides – but I like the single panel for the skirt.
The Gingersnap is a fun pattern! easy to follow and well-written.
During the Blog Tour, there is SALE… yay! and a giveaway!!! Pattern prices are reduced by 25% HERE & use SPRINGSALE25 code on Etsy HERE. And add a comment to the MCM blog tour post HERE & to one of the blogs on the tour (like mine!) to be entered to win one of 5 patterns.
Visit all of the blog stops to see the MCM Studio Design Patterns created by such talented ladies!