Legend of a Girl Child Linda

by Sewingthe60s on August 18, 2013 · 9 comments

in 1960s,1970s,Dresses,Pattern Drafting,Vintage Sewing

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 when I spotted this image from Carnaby Girl I decided to change it.

Mini dress in yellow satin from Carnaby Girl from Sweet Jane
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
Shiny on the inside
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
Pinning in the organza for basting
The bust darts are uneven! Not sure how I screwed that up
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 with just a simple elastic casing
The name of this dress comes from the Donovan song of the same name. I am 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.
Thanks for popping in and enjoy your week ahead!
Cat xo

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Foamofdays August 18, 2013 at 9:05 am

Sweet dress!


Konstanze August 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm

It’s so cute! I love the colour. :)


mariebayarea August 18, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Totes love this


Honora August 19, 2013 at 1:18 am



Lazy Seamstress August 19, 2013 at 5:48 am

Very cute dress, love the collar and pussy bow detail.


Sewingthe60s August 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Thank you for all your kind words everyone! xo


Cal August 25, 2013 at 7:43 am

Love, love this dress! Would wear it in heartbeat. Nice job.


Alice August 26, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Oh, it’s so lovely! I am really tempted to make something like this now, it’s so simple and 70s. And of the course the Donovan reference only makes it better.


mod girl November 14, 2013 at 5:46 am

Very vintage and modern too. I love this.


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