Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Sew Straight & Gather Legends Dress Review



I wanted a new dress for Easter, but I wanted it to be a dress I would want to wear a lot so knit fabric would be a bonus, but I wanted it to be more than a t-shirt dress. The recent Legends dress by Sew Straight & Gather fit the bill perfectly.

Ladies Legends Collection

What a beauty, right? You can make a dress or a top with all different sleeve options including sleeveless. This is not something I could dare try to hack myself so I happily bought the pattern, actually the bundle so Elena will be getting one soon too. I love the dropped waist dress version for kids. So for being a knit dress, this pattern brings elegance, comfort, class, and fun sewing.

Fun sewing? The clean finishes inside and that collar/neckline make this a fun sew. There is a video tutorial in case you need extra help, but the instructions are really very good. I loved everything about making this dress. I did make a crazy ugly muslin out of scraps of fabric. It was soooo ugly, but it served it's purpose in testing size and techniques. I think that the cotton lycra (the recommended fabric) I muslin-ed with was lighter weight with maybe a little less lycra content than my dress version. Not by much, but as a result, the dress is a little tighter across the shoulders/bust than I intended, but I think it's a pretty good fit (and I'm always hopeful I'll lose those 10 pounds).


I was worried that the gathered skirt wouldn't be flattering, but I like it. It hits high enough (at true waist) that it highlights the narrowest part and floats out over the not great parts below. I am 47 years old and getting so tired of holding in my stomach, but I will not give up the fight, I will not go quietly into the night... (anyone else excited for the Independence Day sequel?)

Back to the dress, I think I would add in seam pockets to the skirt next time. They aren't included, but would be a very practical addition. I look forward to a long sleeved top version for fall. And since the front of the bodice is 2 layers, I'm thinking that is the perfect canvas for some reverse applique. There was nothing bad about this pattern at all. I love it. Totally worth the money. 







Have you tried this pattern yet? I'd love to see your version if so. Leave a link in the comments. Thanks for reading and have a great week!


4 comments:

  1. Love it!! My favorite thing about the dress is the not-collar. Love the shoes you paired with it too. I really won't do woven dresses, & I like patterns that will dress up and down. My test for that is...can I wear with sandals/heels/boots. This project gets 2 thumbs up!!

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  2. You have done a wonderful job, the fit is perfect! The neckline is very interesting. And how great is that you can match your kiddo!

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  3. This is lovely, great shape and beautiful colour. The neckline is great.

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  4. When I first saw this in Instagram I was like wow!! This looks so good on you! I didn't know about this pattern company, I guess I have to take a look :).

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