Friday, June 10, 2016

Make Laundry, Don't Do Laundry Blog Tour- Featuring George and Ginger Co.

Posted by Heather at Friday, June 10, 2016


While I don't necessarily enjoy housework, I don't usually mind doing it. Everything ends up neat and orderly in the end.... perfect for my type A, OCD self. However, there is one chore that my whole family will agree that we all dislike... laundry!!! We all hate the whole process- washing, drying, folding and putting away...!! It is most definitely a chore!

So, when I had the opportunity to join the Make Laundry, Don't Do Laundry Blog tour, I was like, "Sign me up!" I'd much rather sew up something new to wear than do the laundry! Hee, hee!

For the Make Laundry, Don't Do Laundry Blog tour, I did a bit of sewing just for me. I made two tops from a new-to-me PDF pattern designer, George and Ginger Co. I made the George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top and the Sweater Set.

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First, lets talk about the George and Ginger Co. Sweater Set PDF pattern.

-The George and Ginger Co. Sweater Set is sized for XXS-2X.
-The George and Ginger Co. Sweater Set is based off the average 5'-6" tall woman.
-The George and Ginger Co. Sweater Set includes two different options- Accent sweater or Caftan Sweater. These are two totally different looks included in the same pattern- I like when a pattern can multitask!
-The George and Ginger Co. Sweater Set PDF sewing pattern features layer pattern pieces. This means that you can print only the size that you need/want.
-The George and Ginger Co. Sweater Set PDF sewing pattern features step-by-step shaded diagrams and written instructions.
-The George and Ginger Co. Sweater Set PDF sewing pattern includes a sizing guide, glossary of terms, finished size chart, stretch guide, fabric yardage chart, cutting chart and pattern piece layout diagram.


I sewed up a size 8 George and Ginger Co. Sweater Set, view Accent sweater. Because summer temps are definitely upon us here in the Carolinas, I shortened the sleeves to be 3/4 length (not the included long sleeve). I used 4 way stretch cotton lycra from my stash (originally purchased online from Purpleseamstress Fabrics) for the main part of the sweater and remnants of some border print eyelet left over from another project. I  took 1" out of the middle of the bodice piece to account for my height (5'-0"). Also, after sewing everything up, I found the bottom hem to be a bit too voluminous. So, I tapered the bottom 1/2" on both sides.



I have to say that the George and Ginger Co. Sweater Set was a breeze to sew up- definitely shorter than a wash/dry cycle of laundry! Ha!
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Next, I sewed up the George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top. Out of the two, this one was my personal favorite! The fit is flattering and fun to wear! While I had some operator errors sewing this one up (no fault of the pattern!), I still found the instructions easy to read and follow.

-The George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top is sized for XXS-2X.
-The George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top is based off the average 5'-6" tall woman.
-The George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top PDF sewing pattern includes three sleeve lengths- short, 3/4 and long.
-The George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top PDF sewing pattern includes optional back ties.
-The George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top PDF sewing pattern features layer pattern pieces. This means that you can print only the size that you need/want.
-The George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top  PDF sewing pattern features step-by-step shaded diagrams and written instructions.
-The George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top  PDF sewing pattern includes a sizing guide, glossary of terms, finished size chart, stretch guide, fabric yardage chart, cutting chart and pattern piece layout diagram.



I sewed up a size 8 -The George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top, short sleeve, no back ties. I used some lightweight jersey knit from my stash for the body of the top and 4 way cotton lycra purchased online from Purpleseamstress Fabrics for the neck band. I made no modifications to the pattern and sewed as instructed.



I love how the George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top is form-fitting without being too revealing. Since I didn't modify the pattern to account for height, I believe that my version may hit a touch lower (below the seat), than the intended pattern. However, I personally prefer a longer top and found it to be more flattering (and elongating!) this way. I know I'll be wearing the George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top, often!


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Now, onto some fun! As part of the Make Laundry, Don't Do Laundry Blog tour, you can enter below to win several prize packs. A chance at free patterns and free fabric- I'm there!


Thanks to all of our amazing sponsors for being a part of this tour.
A few of the designers are having sales for the duration of the tour, so here's the codes! George & Ginger use code MAKELAUNDRY25 for 25% off her patterns Blaverry use code MAKELAUNDRY for 25% off her patterns Stitch Art use code MAKELAUNDRY for 30% off patterns Paisley Roots use code MAKELAUNDRY for 25% off patterns These codes are good through June 12th! Then Laela Jeyne's Emily Womens T-shirt & the Deluxe Charlotte Kids Leggings are on sale through the 11th! No code needed! I know everyone loves a good giveaway so here's the prize packages:
Link-up Prize Package
Prize Package 1
Prize Package 2
   
After you are done entering the giveaway, go ahead and check out all of the other talented bloggers participating in the Make Laundry, Don't Do Laundry Blog tour!


4 comments:

Eleri Handmade on June 10, 2016 at 10:20 AM said...

What fun tops! I especially love the back scoop on the ruched top. Thanks fair sharing!

Meriel Aho on June 10, 2016 at 11:21 AM said...

Love that ruched top!

Paisley Roots on June 10, 2016 at 11:47 AM said...

The tops are awesome! I love the ruched one! It looks soooo comfy!

Cassy Gobin on June 10, 2016 at 7:04 PM said...

Heather, you did a great review of both tops. I also love the ruched top. I think it is very flattering to the figure as well. Thanks for joining!

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