While the weather can't seem to make up its mind here if it wants to be winter or spring, I am starting to focus on my summer wardrobe pieces. And if anything says summer fashion, it's a floaty maxi skirt and tank top!
Kristi, the designer behind George + Ginger Pattern Co. is releasing a series of patterns for summer, which are all part of her Music Festival Collection. Think boho chic and perfect for music festivals (obviously), but also outdoor BBQs, days at the beach and generally soaking up the fun summer atmosphere.
I was able to test the first pattern bundle in the collection - The Bonnaroo Bundle - which includes 2 different skirts (gored and hi-low) with 2 interchangeable waistbands (corset and yoga foldover) and a tank with cropped and top lengths. With the variety of options, almost everyone should be able to find something that suits their needs.
I made the gored skirt with foldover yoga waistband and the tank in top length. I ordered several rayon challis prints when I knew this pattern was coming up for testing and while I never intended to use these 2 prints together, I love how they compliment one another. Both were purchased from Fabric.com.
The gored skirt has quite a bit of volume, but feels so light and floaty because it's sewn from rayon challis. Top-stitching your seams is optional, but I like how it keeps everything nice and flat. It can be tricky to cut and sew slippery fabric like this, but it was worth it for the finished skirt.
For the tank and foldover yoga band, I used my favorite bamboo lycra from Mood Fabrics in white. Seriously folks, their bamboo knit is amazing - nice and thick, washes well and feels amazing to wear. It was a great choice for this tank and the waistband.
The tank pattern comes with faux ties at the top of the shoulders that add a sweet touch, but can easily be left off if they aren't your style. The body of the tank is fitted through the bust and relaxed through the waist and hips.
I think this set will be perfect for those hot So Cal days when I want to look cute, but stay cool. And while boho chic isn't necessarily my go-to style, these pieces feel good on and something I will be happy to sport throughout the summer. Sometimes it's good to shake things up and try new styles!
I did not test the hi-low skirt or the corset waistband, but the other testers made some beautiful versions and I already have a lovely kelly green gauze picked out for the hi-low skirt and a vision for styling. Stay tuned!