I applied for the opportunity to test this pattern for Kristi and I could not believe I was selected. Her patterns are famous for being well-drafted and her kindness to her huge following speaks volumes. During testing we were all surprised how may options Kristi offered, it seriously could have been 2 equally amazing patterns.
Let me allow the pattern description to give you all the details: “The RuLo is packed with amazing options! Choose from oversized dolman and regular crop, top, tunic and dress styles…and single tier bell, double tier bell, triple tier bell, full bell and basic sleeves! With added features like ties and shoulder ruffles, you can mix and match your favorites for endless possibilities! ”
I broke away from my usual shopping for this trip and hit up the National City Swap Meet for all the fabrics I used on RuLo. Check it out if you are in San Diego! It’s awesome.
For this top with 2-tiered bell sleeve, I used stretch mesh and I love it SO much. I know I am going to live in it during the hot summer months coming all too quickly.
Suggested fabric for this top/dress: 2-way sweater knit with drape and at least 50% stretch. Any knit with 50% stretch will work, but may not give the same results. Any fabric, including woven, can be used for the ties. .
..as you can see my extra stretchy mesh does pull off my shoulder a bit, next time I use the mesh I will make my neckline a tad smaller. But I love an open neckline, so I don’t mind this one.
For the detail oriented seamstresses out there: I graded between sized 14 and 16 (My
current measurements are 36 Overbust, 41 Bust, 33 High Waist, 41 hips) and did my standard height adjustments to account for my 5′-2″ frame as the pattern is drafted for 5′–6″.
Hurry and grab the RuLo on sale through 1/26/2018 ONLY (although with all the options it is still a bargain at full price)
I’d love if you would stay tuned here, or follow me on IG @clothed.in.vermillion to check-out all the Wiggles I have sewn for my closet!
And please join the community and be inspired by all the RuLo creations over in the George and Ginger Pattern Facebook Group.
THE NITTY-GRITTY for the RuLo:
Pattern Description: George and Ginger Patterns, RuLo
Pattern sizing: tween sizes 12 and 14, women’s sizes 0-26
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern when you were finished sewing? Yes
Were the instructions complete and easy to follow? Yes. Detailed information and professional line drawings of construction are provided.
Fabric used: Stretch Mesh
Did you use the recommended fabrics in the pattern: Kristi drafted this for a 2-Way Sweater Knit a I used a 4 way Stretch Mesh, so technically I did not use the recommended fabric.
Did you alter the pattern in any way? Shortened for my 5′-2″ frame
Was there anything you disliked or would change? No it is LOVE
Would you sew it again? Yes I’ve already made 3 and need to grab some more sweater knit to make some more.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Beginning Intermediate
Seam allowance used in the pattern? 1/4″ throughout
Additional Pattern Features:
–Beautifully designed layered pieces for tween sizes 12 and 14, women’s sizes 0-26
–No-trim page feature
–Pieces layout on US letter, A4 and A0 size pages
–Cutting chart AND print option for rectangular pieces
–Instructions on measuring and choosing your size
–Shorten/Lengthen adjustment instructions
–Grading between sizes instructions
–Full chart of finished measurements
–Glossary of sewing terms
–Fabric tips and tricks
–Yardage requirements and notions list
–Printing, taping and cutting instructions and layout
–Graphically designed and detailed construction photos
–Easy to understand step-by-step instructions
See you next time!