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|Lekala Patterns: 4275 (Dress with pleats on the skirt) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Rating:||Pattern OK, but did NOT work for Me |
|Fabric:||Stretch Sateen [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
Dress with crossover lapels, shaped funnel-type collar and asymmetric skirt with pleats detail.
Custom sized using extended options available on the Russian site.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It looks exactly like the technical drawing, which does not look half as sexy on me as on the model.
Another picture here.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
No. They are badly translate by Google from Russian to English. I would rate the difficulty of this dress at a least intermediate. Beginners might get stuck.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the style. I think they should have added a little bit of extra ease in the bust on this one. It fit really well, but as I moved about the bodice popped just a tiny bit off-boob, which caused stress lines to appear in the corner of the lapel and waistband.
The lapels (not top stitched) also started to roll after wear and eventually stretched out and started to gape a bit. I think my choice of fabric is mostly to blame for this, but if I make it again I will under stitch, if not top stitch them.
The lapels have many layers of thickness that go into and is held by the waistband, which is much thinner. There is much opportunity for messy work and mistakes there.
Wall-of-text of general comments on my Lekala sewing experience.
I chose the wrong fabric for this dress. I used a shiny stretch cotton, which does not drape well enough to show off the sunburst pleat in the skirt, yet would not press a sharp crease. The stretchiness gave the kiss of death to the shape of the lapels after I had put in on a few times. It would not press to a crisp enough edge. The shininess also shows up puckered stitches where I swear there aren't any.
I am not sure what the best fabric would be for this pattern, something thin and soft with loads of body and that holds a sharp crease when pressed.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added knit under sleeves.
You can see the excess armpit fabric I mention in my other Lekala reviews. In my other Lekala patterns I eliminated it, either with a dart or by amending the princess seams.
It is interesting to note that I find the cap sleeve a tad tight - as if they do not apply the "big arm" adjustment to sleeves that are not proper sleeves. I can't say for sure from just one pattern, though.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This is a nice pattern. There is nothing wrong with it, but it demands a perfect pattern/fabric match and I have no idea what that fabric is. Until I figure that out, I will not attempt it again. A more experienced sewist might have more luck with this pattern than I did.
Sadly, a wadder.
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