So Jess Sew - The George and Ginger With Care Dress

Every year George and Ginger releases a pattern to fund raise and use the proceeds to donate to a good cause. This year the pattern is called the With Care Dress. The money raised from this pattern through Sunday 7/14/19 was donated to an organization called NAMI which is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This organization supports people with mental health illnesses as well as the families involved. Here's the blurb straight from Kristi of George and Ginger, "Now through Sunday, all of the proceeds from the weekend release will be donated to the non-profit National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is the foundation for hundreds of NAMI State Organizations, NAMI Affiliates and volunteer leaders who work in local communities to raise awareness and provide essential and free education, advocacy and support group programs."

*UPDATE - George and Ginger was able to donate over $2000 from the proceeds of the pattern!

The With Care dress is a tank dress with an elastic casing at the natural waist. The skirt hem is a curved side hi-lo, so the longest part in front and back hit right above the knee and the sides curve up and down. It's super comfortable and really cute. I love having casual tank dresses for the summer.

The top is actually supposed to blouse as you can see from the tester photos on the GG website HERE. I have a long side waist that I didn't adjust for on this dress, but I love the look of that blousing! So I'll be adjusting for my side waist on the next one. (btw, the side waist on GG patterns is about 8.5 inches). I will also mention that I tested this dress for George and Ginger, so this is the first version. The second version is better! There is more blousing up top and the casing is flipped down instead of up, so the skirt ends up being an inch shorter. I gotta make another!!

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If you wanted to add sleeves, you could extend the sides out to a dolman or look at the With Love dress from last year. The armscye feels the same as other GG bodices, so I would guess you could add sleeves from say the Mix it Up  or any of the other newer patterns. The pattern comes in sizes tween 12 through ladies 5x.

You can find the pattern HERE on the GG website. And by the way, you can still donate to NAMI on their website HERE if you are interested.

Happy Sewing!

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