Aspiring Designer: MCM Studio Designs

I'm so very excited to be posting here today on Pattern Revolution! I am truly honored to be able to participate in the Aspiring Designers series.

My name is Linda and my blog is The Merry Church Mouse.  I have been making and selling boutique children's clothing for over 10 years and have over 30 years of sewing experience under my belt.  My mother taught me the basics of sewing when I was a young teenager.  Those years of experience are something that I want to share with others. One of my greatest desires is to inspire the creative genius that lies in all of us.  My pattern line is designed to do just that by providing basic patterns to which it is easy to add your own details such as pockets, appliqué, embroidery, ruffles and trims. If you put your imagination into it, the sky is the limit!  

Today I am happy to be introducing my second pattern, The Gingersnap Dress and Tunic.

Cover photo credit: Pawinee Dodson

Let's take a look at it in a bit more detail. 

Photo credits left to right: Pawinee Dodson,  Sally Barker (sallifersews) and Nita Reynolds (Sew Many Projects by Nita)

This pattern is for a simple a-line kimono dress with a square neckline, 3/4 length sleeves and a single button and loop closure in the back.  The sizes run from 2t-6.  This pattern is easy enough for an adventurous beginner to complete in one afternoon. It has clean lines that are great for color blocking or adding your own trims.  A single small inverted box pleat in the front adds just the right amount of fullness.

All of my patterns come with little surprise bonus add ons.  In this pattern there are simple shapes that can be used for patch pockets or appliqué.  This pattern contains a candy cane shape, a gingerbread man shape and a basic pocket shape.

Photo credit: Laura Manning (Manning the Machine)

The loose fitting nature of this pattern ensures that not only will it be comfortable to wear,  it will also be something that your girl can wear for a long time.  As she becomes taller, you can simply pair it with leggings or pants and it becomes a tunic top.  You may even get 2-3 years of wear from one single garment. Laura Manning of Manning the Machine was one of the testers for this pattern.  Laura has three daughters and tried her size 2 on each of them.  It was just as cute on her 5 year old as a top as it was on her two year old as a dress.

There are options for two lengths, one is a dress length, the other is tunic top length. You can choose which one you prefer, or better yet, make one of each.  

Photo credits left to right: Rachel Maxwell, Debbie Groves (Sewing From Scrap) and Alyssa Sorenson (Hems2dolls)

The wonderful ladies who tested the pattern for me had a lot of really great things to say about it.  Here are some of their comments. 

This is such a well thought out pattern. You've obviously put a lot of care and consideration in to it. It is nice to see a designer who remembers to finish seams. And to press after every step. And top stitch. This pattern test was a breath of fresh air. - Laura Manning

Sewing Gingersnap was a breeze - quick and easy, thanks to a "clean"
pattern.  I definitely will give this pattern another go! - Nita Reynolds

The pattern was great and I would make it again. - Rachel Maxwell

I love the ease of the pattern and plan to make again. - Alyssa Sorenson

The pattern will be on on sale for an introductory price of only $4.00 USD (regular price $7.00) from now through Sunday November 16th at Craftsy, Etsy, DIY Crush and in my Big Cartel shop.

I sincerely hope you will give it a try and if you do, I'd love to see what you have made. You can share your photos on my Facebook page as well as on Instagram using the hashtags #mcmstudiodesigns and #mcmgingersnap.

You can also register to win a copy below.  
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