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Reviewed by:Arwynne

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Posted on:8/13/14 10:46 PM
Project Photo:Lekala Patterns: 4000 by Arwynne

Lekala Patterns: 4000 by Arwynne  
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 10 people   
Fabric:Cotton suiting  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
Although it's technically a shirt, I downloaded this pattern because it's very similar to a jacket I tried on at a favorite shop. They didn't have my size and it's no longer available, so I searched for a pattern and finally decided this one was pretty close.

Pattern Sizing:
Lekala sizing is all custom so you put in your measurements, cross your fingers and hope for the best... oh, and if you want to print it with seam allowances it's $0.50 extra (worth every penny IMO). The other good thing to know about these patterns is there's NO built in ease to speak of. This is my 2nd Lekala pattern and despite some... interesting learning-curve issues, it's actually kind of awesome working from a pattern designed for your actual, exact measurements.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I made modifications, but if I hadn't it probably would have looked identical.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Ha ha! Um, no... That's part of the fun of Lekala patterns...(?) You get to enjoy periodic "breaks" from sewing as you stare in bewilderment at the instructions for long stretches of time trying to wrap your brain around sentences like these: "Lay the panel onto wrong side of front part right side downwards and overstitch middle edge. Turn panel onto right side, turn unsewn edge and topstitch onto front part on 0. 5 cm off the fold." Easy, right?? When you finally do get it, though, it's like realizing you can use up your last five letters on a triple word score (and I find vodka helps too).

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The fit is perfect, the collar was (amazingly) one of the easiest I've attempted and the little bias tape strip on the inside of the collar is a very cool (and easy) detail. The only thing I didn't like is the narrowness of the front panel where the buttons and buttonholes go (and it's only an issue because I modified it to be a jacket and I would've liked to use bigger buttons).

Fabric Used:
Cotton suiting, medium weight. Nice & crisp with a teeny bit of stretch.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I dispensed with the fabric belt thing, added bias tape around the edges of the waistband "insets" and only used two buttons in the middle instead of six.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Indeed, I may sew it again very soon with a wider button panel thingy.

Recommended! I'm really becoming a big fan of Lekala's custom sizing.
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PamRunyon said...
Beautifully done. Love the detailing you added.
9/28/14 2:38 PM
BlueSkysAhead said...
Very detailed jacket. Looks great. Your review really makes me afraid of these patterns. Some day when I'm in an adventurous mood, I just may give one try?
8/14/14 3:59 PM
maryfrana said...
I would buy this in a minute. Love the detailing. Thanks for the tip about vodka. I haven't tried these patterns but you give me encouragement.
8/14/14 11:37 AM
sewfie65 said...
Ha ha! That is commitment to sewing--or is it an excuse for vodka? Either way, fantastic job recreating the garment that you wanted in RTW! Very nice!
8/14/14 11:10 AM
MrsCharisma said...
"You get to enjoy periodic "breaks" from sewing as you stare in bewilderment at the instructions for long stretches of time trying to wrap your brain around sentences like these" HAHAHAHAHA!!!! :) Perfect description! I love your jacket - it looks amazing on you!
8/14/14 10:07 AM
nicegirl said...
Fabulous jacket! I love your decorative bias as the midriff seams.
8/14/14 10:03 AM
redside said...
Very cute top--and a fun review. I've yet to try Lekala, but when I do I'll remember the vodka.
8/14/14 8:09 AM
canei said...
8/14/14 8:08 AM
happyexpat said...
I really like what you've done with the detailing.
8/14/14 6:59 AM
SewLibra said...
Very stylish jacket!
8/14/14 0:46 AM
Carobo said...
Beautiful ! Thanks for the review !
8/13/14 10:58 PM
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