Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Losing with Lekala

Hello everyone! 

I finally finished Lekala 8004; however, it did not turn out as great as I would have hoped.  The main goal in making this pattern was because it is custom.  You put in four of your measurements, and Lekala sends you the pattern of your choice tailored to fit you.

Well, my shirt looks a lot like the FREE pattern I tried online:

The problem is, it doesn't fit like it!!!

As you can see, I am very much over-exposed in this top.  I played around with it, and realize that pinching another 1-2 cm at the shoulder seams would make the top lay where it is "supposed" to. Also, the sleeves are a little tight, and could use just a bit more ease.  I really didn't think the fit would be this far off, but I guess I have now learned my lesson.

That's not to say that all of the Lekala patterns are like this.  Maybe I just got a dud.  However, custom is custom, and this is NOT custom to my liking.

Overall, this was a fun top to sew.  Had it fit well, I could easily see this style being something I would sew again and again. 

 My hubby suggested I use it as a lingerie top, and I think I am going to follow his advice. 

I am not sure yet what I want to sew next.  I had every intention on sewing the Fuchsia skirt (see right) for myself, but I really don't want another dud.  I think using all of my "favorite fabric" on two wadders might have something to do with it.

Well, no matter, I will pick myself up and try again!!! 

Stay sew-filled!


  1. Sorry this was wadder Vanessa, I agree with your hubby about trying to use it as a lingerie top..

  2. What if you wore it with a different tank underneath, one that was more like a crew-neck? I think that could save this top. Also, is that the fabric from our meetup? :)

  3. What a bummer the custom pattern didn't work out. I think the fabric is super cute. Hoping the next project works out better. Also, great job organizing your sewing space. It feels so good to have an orderly area to work in.

  4. I know a lot of people have had issues with this free pattern. I myself have not tried Lekala but I don't think I will be trying this pattern when I eventually get around to it.


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