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Legend of a Girl Child Linda

Added Aug 18, 2013

by alekat

Sydney, Australia






It’s been a rather nice weekend – warm and sunny 23 degrees which is lovely for Winter and hopefully and indicator of the next few months to come
This new dress will be perfect for when the warmer weather arrives and I’m very excited to show it to you.

I had planned to make this dress exactly as the illustration on the envelope for McCalls 2197, but I decided to change it.

I still used the bodice and sleeves from the original, but I changed the neck to a V-neck and I also dratted up a collar. I sometimes call these Chelsea collars – have you ever heard them called this?
I tried to do a little research on Chelsea collars and where they came from but I could only find that they popular in the 60’s and 70s and that was it! Oh well.

The fabric is used is a teal silk which I got for $10 at Fabric-a-brac The correct side was very shiny and would have been good for a formal gown or similar, but I decided to use the dull side so that it wasn’t too dressy

When I was sewing the collar I realised that it needed interfacing but I didn’t want to use normal iron-on interfacing as it would have ruined the softness of the silk. You can use sew-in interfacing but I was keen to try out a technique I’ve read about on Gertie’s blog and also in Couture Sewing Techniques. I used organza as the stabiliser and it worked really well! It moves with the silk and doesn’t appear too stiff. I just used polyester organza but you could get silk if you wanted

The dress is now very different to the illustration, but my favourite part is the bishop sleeves. They’re so billowy and I feel a little like Baryshnikov! The sleeves are closed simply with elastic encased in the sleeve hem.

The name of this dress comes from the Donovan song of the same name. I’m currently reading Donovan’s Hurdy Gurdy Man and naturally I have been listening to a lot more of his music. Legend of a Girl Child Linda is about his love Linda Lawrence. They married in 1970 (which is the same year of this pattern). I’m not sure if Linda would have ever worn this style of dress, but it is in her honour I name it.

There is lots more 60s sewing over here on my blog

Material Notes

Teal Silk




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Mod, Romantic, Vintage

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    Aug 20, 2013, 07.53 PMby jobirdie

    I love your adaptation. Looks fabulous!!

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      Aug 20, 2013, 09.36 PMby alekat

      thank you so much!

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    Aug 19, 2013, 09.43 AMby Debbie Alli

    Gorgeous – I love the neckline and collar – great modification!

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      Aug 20, 2013, 09.36 PMby alekat

      Thank you!

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    Aug 19, 2013, 12.51 AMby bethmaryharley

    This looks lovely and airy! Beautiful colour too!

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      Aug 19, 2013, 05.32 AMby alekat

      Thank you! yes its very light!

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    Aug 18, 2013, 08.59 PMby Ulrika Grevin

    Collar is spot on – well done you!

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      Aug 19, 2013, 05.32 AMby alekat

      thank you!

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    Aug 18, 2013, 08.53 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Lovely! Looks great on you! :)

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      Aug 19, 2013, 05.34 AMby alekat

      thanks! :)

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    Aug 18, 2013, 03.10 PMby flowergirl22

    lovely design,, great fabric choice,, love the tapemeasure label>>>>

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      Aug 19, 2013, 05.33 AMby alekat

      thanks! I started using it on skirts when i used to mix up front and back! and now i put it on everything

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    Aug 18, 2013, 01.12 PMby Mary Athey

    gorgeous dress. the fabric and colour plus style suit you so well x

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      Aug 19, 2013, 05.33 AMby alekat

      Thanks Mary! I really like this style of dress

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