Sometimes it’s just as easy to sew a dress as it is to sew a top. Because really, it’s just a longer version!
This is the George and Ginger December Dress. It is described as follows: 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! Suggested fabric for this pattern is any knit fabric with at least 50% stretch. More stable knits like cotton lycra and stretch velvet will give more of a “poofy” effect. Drapier knits like rayon spandex and ITY will lay flatter.
I chose to sew the dress option in the mini length, with the added hem band. On my 158cm frame this ends up at knee length. I sewed size 12, without alterations.
The fabric came from a Facebook seller. It’s a poly/spandex blend, with a matte finish. The oversized print is highly effective in this dress!
The sleeve cuffs were super long – I could have halved the length. Instead I just fold them back. If I feel inspired I will cut them off and reattach at a shorter length. Or else I will continue to fold them back! The front of the dress is a little shorter than the back, which is part of the design.
I really like the exaggerated hip curve that gives those drapey sides. It’s a style that isn’t for everybody, but is definitely right up my alley. I didn’t bother with the pockets; the fabric is fairly light weight and I didn’t want pockets dragging the sides down. The pattern does have a pocket option.
This is a fun dress, and I’d really like to sew it again for summer, also in a dramatic bright print. I suspect that I’ll wear a summer version more. There are many versions of this dress on a variety of sizes and shapes on the George and Ginger pattern page; I think that it looks good on pretty much everyone!