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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

My Embroidered Legends Top

I consider myself to be a pretty decent pattern hacker, but the Sew Straight & Gather Legends Top is not something I would ever even try to hack. This is a beautiful pattern worth every penny, and I'm not paid in any way to say that. No free pattern, no affiliate link, nothing folks. I just love an interesting pattern that works like magic.

The biggest thing you need to know before sewing this, actually before cutting this, is that picking a size is going to be critical. Really look at the size guidelines and the finished measurement chart. You will see that there is quite a bit of negative ease since it calls for nice stretchy fabric. However, if you aren't comfortable highlighting your mid-section, you need to be careful. Last time I made this, I felt like it was just a little tighter than I'd like so I sized up this time and am much more comfy in it. The other nice thing about that mid-section is that the front is 2 layers thick so it feels good, it feels like it's hiding something and holding something in.

Another cool thing about the front being 2 layers thick, is that it makes for a blank canvas for embroidery with a clean lining or a great spot for reverse applique. I opted for a tone on tone embroidery pattern in keeping with my mostly solid but not too boring capsule wardrobe. Burgundy is a big trend this fall. I didn't know that when I ordered this fabric from Girl Charlee this summer, but it's always been one of my favorites so that was lucky.

I always have a hard time taking pictures with my crappy camera, but this color and the light outside were extra difficult today. I still wanted to share my awkward pics with you though because the main reason I blog is to share ideas. Sharing is caring, my kindergartener says.

I know you can't see that stitching at all, so here's another close up.