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Date: 10/18/13 9:40 AM

Hola a Todos!
I have completed and reviewed my first Lekala blouse 4017 the ruched blouse.
It was a challenge, and yet simple at times.
I'll show you mine:
My Lekala 4017 Review
Now you show me yours...
I would like to hear from others about their experiences with Lekala . Let's help each other with these patterns.

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Date: 10/18/13 11:15 AM

I LOVE these patterns - once I got my measurements/adjustments right! I have to order from the English site - I still have issues ordering from the Russian one. Maybe one day..... Anyway, it is fabulous being able to sew something right off the press without hacking it to death to adjust for my long waist, full bust, narrow shoulders, and tilted pelvis. I highly recommend them!

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Date: 10/20/13 11:26 PM

I am looking forward to trying a few more patterns. You cannot beat the price.
Here is a blog where a woman made several Lekala garmentsSteppenpuppy blog
I hope more people join this forum and share their experiences and ideas.

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Date: 10/21/13 1:13 AM

I am looking forward to trying a few more patterns. You cannot beat the price.
Here is a blog where a woman made several Lekala garmentsSteppenpuppy blog
I hope more people join this forum and share their experiences and ideas.

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Date: 10/21/13 9:37 AM

I'm so happy for you the top looks great. I have a question. How are the instructions? Are they clear and easy to follow or do you have to have enough experience to fill in missing or unclear steps?

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Date: 10/21/13 5:08 PM

Instructions are not very useful - text only, some translation difficulty.

You can view the instructions before buying the pattern on the American site.

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Date: 10/21/13 7:07 PM

Do NOT buy these patterns for the instructions! Do, however, buy them for the joy of sewing something up and having it fit. I sometimes order a Lekala pattern that is similar to a Big4, and use the Lekala to make adjustments to the Big4 pattern.

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Date: 10/22/13 2:58 AM

I haven't used these patterns, but have questions for those who have. How do you find the process of printing a lot of sheets of paper, then cutting and taping them together to get a pattern impacts on your sewing time? What about storing the pattern afterwards, do you find the bits come unstuck when you have put them away folded for a while?

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Date: 10/22/13 5:03 AM

I cut my patterns form the big 4 when I watch tv with the family as I get them, so it's not uncommon for me to cut for a week.

Lekala, and any print at home, takes about the same time to put together as cutting one out, if not a little longer. It is fairer for me to compare to Burda or Mannequim with tracing and then resizing. Even then, the more you do the easier and faster it goes.

As to storage, I store all pdf ones and magazine ones on pattern hook at my cuting area on a hook at the bottom of a pegboard, or on an old stick set in the corner like a closet rod. When I decide I'll never make them again, I give them away to a friend of mine. Since they hang, coming apart isn't an issue, but I use wide packing tape vs scotch tape.

I will also point out that I buy a case of paper at the first of the year when they are on sale from some company for around $20 and I have a laser printer that its stuff goes on sale all the time which helps to keep the cost down a whole lot compared to the ink jet we have.

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Date: 10/22/13 5:54 AM

The taping process is fast and easy. Storing is a pain, though, and I don't like using such thick paper as a pattern, so usually, after it's taped, I trace the design onto soil separator cloth, adding the seam allowance while I'm tracing. The soil separator cloth can be basted together as a muslin to check the fit, but the basting threads pull out easily so the pattern pieces can be used for cutting, then folded and stored.

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“Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig.” -Robert Heinlein and Ann's father. Thanks for the reminder, Ann.

Where are we going, and what am I doing in this handbasket?

Matthew 25:40 (New International Version)
The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'



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