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Posted on:5/10/14 0:12 AM
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 6 people   
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Fabric:Rayon Challis  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:

This dress pattern has narrow straps with a flounce across one shoulder, a lowered, asymmetrical waistline and a over-lapping split front hi-low hemline.

I wanted to make this for the "It's new to me" contest, as I had always wanted to try Lekala, but, alas, I didn't get started in time. At least I still got to try one and found I like the concept

Pattern Sizing:

This pattern is from Lekala. You take your measurements and fill in the blanks (you can toggle metric or Imperial system). Then you receive a pattern to print out via email. So this is truly a custom-fit pattern.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

I think so.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Lekala instructions are very sketchy. I recommend a person be pretty comfortable in their knowledge of construction before attempting anything other than a very basic Lekala pattern.

There really weren't instructions on how to make the neck binding and straps, so I just made 1/2" double fold bias tape by cutting 2" bias strips and pressing through a Clover bias tape maker. I sewed one right side edge of bias to back of ff, then edge-stitched the front of ff. I bound under the arms first, then figured out how much I needed to make a continuous loop around the center back edge, over the shoulder, around the front edge, around the other shoulder, then, finally back to the center back. I left the back open to insert an invisible zipper. (After wearing it today, I found I could get the dress off without opening the zipper.)

That aside, the dress went together easily enough.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I loved the flirty, breezy look of the flounces and all the asymmetrical lines.

I disliked that while wearing it the first time while it was very breezy, the overlap would fly open! I pinned the front edge when I went to my daughter's graduation No more embarrassing "peep shows"!

Another dislike was all the paper it used in printing the pattern, almost 60 sheets. Then taping together. I have a large table in my work room which was helpful here. BE SURE TO PRINT THE PAGE WITH THE SCALE FIRST BEFORE PRINTING PATTERN TO MAKE SURE THE GO-BY SQUARE IS THE RIGHT SIZE!!! Then, I wanted a softer pattern, so I traced onto light-weight interfacing to have a soft pattern, easier storing.

With this pattern being asymmetrical, be warned to carefully cut each piece with the pattern piece facing up so you don't end up with some of the pieces backwards.

One more thing...with the scanty directions, I wasn't sure of construction of the shoulder flounce. It was marked on the pattern to cut 4 pieces. I basically stitched two circles together, 2 x's. Then I faced them together and stitched the ends and outside and, turned out and pressed so the flounce was actually self-lined. You had to be pretty careful to get the shoulder strap length correct before attaching flounce. I found my strap was too long the first time. It was kind of a pain to redo, but better than constantly pushing strap up.

Fabric Used:

I wanted to make a dress to go to my daughter's graduation from Clemson, incorporating the team colors of orange and red. I fell in love with the tie-dye looking batik challis from Hancock's.

There is only a general fabric recommendation of fabric type on the pattern page. This one only recommended non-stretchy dress fabric, rather a broad recommendation. I liked the effect of the challis, but I think crepe or chiffon would work well, too. Think soft and flowy.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

None. My purpose in using Lekala was seeing how it really fit and how the pattern went together. The next one I make, I will bring the straps more towards the center. They're a bit wide-set for a bra. I kept my bolero jacket on so you couldn't see my bra straps. But, then, you couldn't see the cute shoulder flounce

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I probably will make another one, probably longer. I really liked how nicely this custom-fit pattern looks made up. I really like the European styling of some of the patterns, so different from the big four.

I recommend to others, but it is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Another view of dress, showing wide-set straps and shoulder flounce

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Baja Susana said...
I have become a Lekala devotee as well. The fit is superb. Your dress is darling, I like the picture without the bolero,. The lines are fun and teamed with your fabric, it is a lively dress.i I love it in you.
5/10/14 0:19 AM
annie1129 said...
Your dress is beautiful and very flattering. I think I will give it a try also!
5/10/14 1:50 AM
artysam said...
Beautiful dress
5/10/14 2:56 AM
supizoo said...
Oh yes the shoulder flounce is very pretty!
5/10/14 3:57 AM
MrsCharisma said...
Gorgeous and congrats to your graduate!!
5/10/14 7:33 AM
Danmar said...
This is cute and very feminine
5/10/14 8:39 AM
annakeeton said...
This is a beautiful dress and the fabric seems to work really well with this style.
5/10/14 8:41 AM
Laurasews said...
I have recently been sewing a few Lekala as well. The fit on you is great and I love your happy choice of fabric for a happy occasion!
5/10/14 1:14 PM
ASiverson said...
Lekala does a very nice job, as did you. You look fabulous and so does the dress! Congrats to you and your daughter, btw! TFS!
5/11/14 7:40 PM
KarlaB said...
What a beautiful dress! Your fabric is lovely!
5/12/14 6:26 PM
 
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