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|Lekala Patterns: 5788 (Chemise) - Type:Lingerie |
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|Pattern Description: Basically a very short and sexy nightdress/lingerie item. I modified it to be a slightly less racy slip. |
Pattern Sizing: Any, Lekala patterns are customized to your measurements.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Overall, yes. I made mine longer and did not do the side slit.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The English website version is like Burda, only more cryptic . The Russian website version is, well, interesting. Here's a sample from the Russian site:
"Sweep off the lower section of the upper left side of the ledge. Apply the upper-right side shelves on the upper left side and topstitch along the festoons."
Here's my construction order:
1. Sew the side front and center front pieces to the cups.
2. Overlay the right front over the left front cup, and zig-zag in place.
3. Sew the front darts and princess seams in one step.
4. Sew the center back seam.
5. Sew the side seams.
6. Attach the elastic to the upper back and side edges, stretching slightly more by the underarm so this section cups inward. Leave a 1" tail at the neckline edge. If necessary stabilize the lace neckline with 1/8 or 1/4" elastic or clear elastic. (My lace had minimal stretch at the edge so this last step wasn't necessary.)
7. Attach rings to elastic tail. Trim elastic after stitching.
8. Attach strap elastic to rings. Pin and check length and position in back before stitching in place.
9. Sew the hem.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love this slip. It required some tweaks but overall the fit was fantastic. It cupped perfectly around my bust, which is usually an issue with slips that have darted cups, and the straps were the perfect placement for my shoulders - they definitely stay in place and do not slip off. I also like the unique look. I thought this pattern was pretty accurately drafted, but there was a slight mistake made with the side front skirt piece at the underarm edge. It looks like part of the angle got cut off. I fixed it by adding 1/2" width at the top.
Fabric Used: Fabric recommendations are stretch lace and microfiber. I used an embroidered stretch lace and nylon satin spandex. The stretch lace and strap elastic was from Elingeria and the nylon satin spandex was from Sy Fabrics. The white elastic around the back and armholes and rings were from Fabric Depot Co.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I lengthened it 5" and closed the front slit. I also added a CB seam for shaping. When I lengthened the skirt I made it A-line but then I decided that I preferred a straight skirt instead, so I had to take in the side seams quite a bit below the hip.
As drafted for a 34.5" bust I would have needed about 7" wide stretch lace I tweaked the front pieces so I removed 3/8" from the width of the lace overlay at the bottom (where it meets the skirt edge and side seam) and added it back to the width of the bottom front skirt piece. This let me use a 6" lace instead.
For fitting I took in the CB seam a couple of inches at my waist. I also added a 1" wedge to the CB of the skirt and removed a 1/4" wedge from the CF of the skirt.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I definitely plan on making more. I would recommend it to others if they are looking for either an interesting slip or, as drafted, a racy nightgown. I highly, highly recommend the spandex satin. Clothing skims over it beautifully, it is easy to care for, and has enough heft to conceal lumps and bumps and not ride up during movement.
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