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In need of a confidence boost? Look no further than this new collection from George & Ginger pattern Company!

In my time spent testing patterns, I have found that there are some designers who seem to have the midas touch, because every pattern they design turns out  golden. This is the case with Kristi Fitzpatrick of George & Ginger Patterns.

If you arent familiar with the George and Ginger Pattern Company, you can visit the Etsy shop here, the blog here, facebook page here, and the facebook group here

***psssst: the Facebook group linked above may even have a few free patterns (such as the one below) that you can download after joining***


G&G is one of my favorite pattern companies because they have a real knack for turning the everyday article of clothing into something unique that you find yourself reaching for again and again. All the pieces are beautiful and classy, but also modern and sexy. 

One of my past G&G pieces, a swagger sweater

This was my first time testing for Kristi. It was also my first time doing a collection of pieces. I assumed it would be crazy, tons of work and stressful. I could not have been more wrong. This whole process was fun,  seamless and gave me the most amazing new wardrobe for summer!

The Confidence Collection is 3 individual pieces, meant to be worn by themselves, with ready to wear clothing from your closet, or mixed and matched with each other. I love this collection for many reasons, but mostly because it offers so many options.  You can do each piece in coordinating prints & wear them all together. You can also make them as stand alone pieces, to be paired with ready to wear pieces already in your closet. Or, you can do as I have, and create a mix of both and have a complete new wardrobe!

So, without further ado, here is the Confidence Collection!

(Click on the item name in bold to be taken to the listings. You can also click the below photo to be taken to the collection listing)

George & Ginger Confidence collection

The Day Trip Skirt 

Day trip skirt in turquoise ponte from stylish fabrics. Bodysuit in outcast stripes by RP Custom prints


This skirt is a totally new take on a classic wardrobe piece. There are 2 pockets, situated on the hip bone. The fabric surrounding the pockets has been pleated to create a unique twisted look. The skirt comes to right above the knee and has a yoga waistband that hits perfectly at the natural waist, drawing you in at your smallest point & making you appear super tiny.

Day trip skirt made from one of the newest designs, Nebula, in cotton lycra from RP Custom Fabrics.

The skirt can be made from any knit fabric, but we found that it usually looks best when made from more structured fabrics,  such as ponte, scuba or cotton lycra.

The pattern is available in sizes XXS – 3XL and offers a full color photo tutorial.  You can purchase this pattern individually by clicking here.

■ The Roadtrip bodysuit

Road trip bodysuit in Striped Emi fabric from Aurora Design Fabrics (click picture to visit shop)

I have had a bodysuit on my to do list for awhile now. I was a child of the 80s/90s and bodysuits were my jam. The ones I’ve found recently in stores, however, did little except serve to remind me that my body has changed since then. They were all either too high cut,  too low cut or just didn’t fit correctly.  (Can you say “all day wedgie? ” No, thank you!)

So when Kristy put out the tester call, I jumped on it! Again, I expected it to be lots of trial and error and working on fit issues,  but again, I was wrong. There was exactly ONE version of this pattern. (If you’re in testing, then you will recognize what a feat this is!)

Sleeveless, lace up bodysuit in Outcast stripe fabric by RP Custom fabrics, coming soon! (Click photo to be taken to Facebook group)

The bodysuit is fitted and is one piece.  It can be made with or without (short, 3/4 or long) sleeves. The front can be a standard curved neckline or you can create this fabulous lace up neckline.  It features a lower cut back and has a full coverage booty (no riding up!). There is even a snap placket option for those who aren’t fan’s of trips to the bathroom in one piece ensembles. You can purchase this individual pattern by clicking here.

Heat Wave Hot Pants 

Sleeveless, lace up cotton lycra bodysuit with hot pants in a ponte fabric

If there was one piece of the collection that I was on the fence about, it was these shorts.  I have a hard time shopping for or creating shorts usually.  It seems they are either super long board shorts (and make me look like a 12 year old boy) or they have a -1″ inseam and I find myself constantly questioning whether I should be wearing them out and about.

These shorts are in that perfect middle ground. They’re short enough to be sexy, without being so short that you worry about wardrobe malfunctions. They even double as a great swim short, when done in swim fabric!

Heat wave hot pants made from back swim fabric, paired with a dolce and gabana swim top from my wardrobe

The shorts are a super quick, easy sew. There are optional pockets and a wide or thinner waistband.

You can purchase this individual pattern here.

Heat wave hot pants in polyester /spandex – sporty style

I love the mix and match capability of this collection. I love each individual piece and have already made many more version’s of each since testing.  Keep an eye out for my next post about how to turn 2 of the pieces into swimwear! 

Heat wave hot pants made out of swim fabric, paired with a RTW swim top

A little birdy told me there was also a dress in the works that will be released sometime soon! I can’t wait to see what else is next for a George & Ginger!

Once again, here is the collection link:

The Roadtrip bodysuit link :

The day trip skirt link:

The heat wave hot pants link:


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