Let's start with the pattern. Yesterday, Sew Straight & Gather released the Legend dress and top pattern both in girl and women sizes. I was one of the lucky ones to test the women's version, but you will have to wait for my tester dress (the PRP link up is only open for two more days). The tester group was flooded with beautiful pictures and I just had to have the girl's version of the pattern as well.
This is not a tester dress, which means I could immediately hack the pattern. The bodice part is the original Legend but the skirt is an upcycled piece. Two years ago I got a super cute (second hand) garment, but my girls never wore it, the glitters were itchy under their arms and the length was off for my skinny girls. The garment has been on my upcycle pile for a while, but I never dared to use it. For this dress I only used the skirt part, but the top glitter will be used as well for sure.
The bodice of the Legend is geniusly designed. The collar is actually a part of the front bodice and the pattern has a beautiful finish on the inside. Almost all seams are hidden between the two front bodice layers. I slightly adjusted the hemming method of the sleeves. I feared that a traditional hem would be itchy (the sequins would be on the inside). I cut two strips from the side of the fabric, the wide selvedge does not have sequins, and removed the rest of the sequins from the strip. I folded the strip and used my serger to sew it to the sleeves.
The bodice fabric was gifted to me by Droomstoffen. A while ago Droomstoffen was searching for bloggers who wanted to promote her store. I presume you can imagine my enthusiasm, getting free fabric is every sewists dream. I was over the moon when I was selected and therefore I also added a logo to my blog. My first sponsor, yeh! We were allowed to pick our favorite fabrics from among a huge selection and when I saw this sequin fabric, I immediatly saw possibilities for this week's Run and Play theme. I did not own real glittery fabric and am trying to not buy fabric, so Droomstoffen really was a life saver! Make sure you check out the store, she sends internationally and just received a huge amount of black and white fabrics!
Let's tell you a bit more over this fabric. It is a blended grey jersey and it is covered in two different sized sequins. I never sewed this type of fabric and I heard horror stories about breaking needles. I was a bit nervous when I started sewing, but there was no need to fear. Both my serger and sewing machine could handle the fabric without problems. It is hard to make good pictures, I hope you see how nice it looks.
The Legend pattern is on sale for two more days for just 5 Canadian Dollars, which is a bit over 3 Euros. It is a great bargain, and you should consider buying both the women and girl version. Check out the pattern in the Sew Straight & Gather webshop!
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