Friday, May 30, 2014

Lekala T-shirt pattern 4284

There is a lot of coincidence and overlap in the sewing world, particularly when we are all shopping for fabrics on the same websites or stalking the newly released patterns. This week I saw my friend Shams write about her experiences with Lekala patterns, a Russian-based pattern company that creates an email pattern based on your specific measurements. Shams didn't have success with the jacket pattern she chose however she did use a pants pattern previously and it worked for her.

I have made one other Lekala pattern (a dress, blogged here) which I thought was very good and last month I saw a review of this top so decided to give them a try again.  They have a lot of very cute tops plus printing a pdf pattern for a top is fairly minimal so it's not too bothersome. So I happened to finish sewing this just a few days before I saw Shams' post.

Not very exciting, but a very nice fit in the shoulders and neckline, which is the number one place I have to alter. Most patterns are too big for me there.   Scroll down, because as they say on TV, "But wait, there's more!"

Lekala Tee front on me

Lekala tee back on meLekala Tee back side

Kind of cute, huh?  Do you recognize this fabric? It is what I used for my shingle dress, Vogue 8904.  A cotton/spandex knit jersey from Girl Charlee. Great for t-shirt testing.  By the way, the skirt is Simplicity 2152, blogged here, although it was an a-line style and one day I thought it was sticking out a bit too wing-y on the side seams so I made it much more of a straight style. Now I think it is much better plus it has great pockets. Also I removed the lining because it was too hot in the summer, and then I resewed it back in this winter so I could wear tights. And now it is out again :) Next winter I just have to remember where I stash it!
Eek, who likes to look at their backside? not me. Not the back of my head, as I have a crazy cowlick which normally makes the back of my hair resemble a 5 year old boy who just awoke from a nap. Serious stick-out parts. And yet I have short hair...Not the most distressing dilemma in the world but it is the goofy little things that can really bug, right?

This pattern is Lekala 4284 which they call "Blouson with Decorative Back" and it does call for a knit. Notice those darts? That was the only change I made, eliminated the darts by easing that section into the back. Which worked out fine. This stripe is optical illusion-y enough without another seam in that area.


Lekala t-shirt drawing
So all in all, I am quite happy with the fit. In her post Shams discusses the size options she chose and how they worked out. I input only the basic measurements (bust, underbust, waist and hip) and did not add any specs on the 3rd section (adjustments where you can specify things like shoulder width, bust length etc) I didn't use any of those other specs which I made the dress either. I am just happy that I can start with a pattern where the circumference is right from the beginning. For Vogue or other patterns I usually start with a size 12, and possible narrow the neckline and then widen a the hip. 
The price for Lekala can't be beat, around $ 2.50 and you can use PayPal which I like for small purchases. I ordered the pattern on a Saturday afternoon and it was in my email in less than 2 hours. Amazing for a customized pattern. 
This top is a bit big at the hip but that is an easy adjustment and I don't like things to be too form fitting so it is fine with me. 
This one really is a test version, I think in a more interesting fabric, or a two-color version it would be really cute. The opening in the back hits at just the right place, no straps showing. 

Lekala T front seamLekala Tee back

This is going in the repeat file, there will be another one. The Girl Charlee website is calling to me (always!)

One more for the road.  This is my TGIF pose.  Although the camera did strange things here so kind of washed out. How do you like my new coral clogs, which I ordered in the midst of winter after a who knows why late-night search session on Ebay looking for clog sandals. And these were $ 30 instead of the usual $ 130 for Troentorps, they are a bit wonky, the wood color and strap width are not matching exactly but who will notice?
The hydrangea in the corner is the first to bloom, next to the pathetic grape that has never produced anything but leaves. However I have decided it is very pretty so it is staying for now.

Happy end of May sewing,  Beth

Tgif Lekala tee

22 comments:

  1. Love it, and the back surprise is great ... J

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  2. Lovely, result, I have a Lekala pattern on my to try list, printed just waiting to tape it together....

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  3. That's a gorgeous make! Love that pattern. I've just commenced an adventure in knit sewing so this pattern is making it to the top of the list!

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  4. Very cute - the whole outfit makes you look like you have a "spring in your step" - a good thing. Thanks for the input about Lekala patterns.

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  5. Great looking tee - love the back detail.

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  6. It is interesting about Lekala! Popping up everywhere on blogs lately, some with good experiences and some not so good.
    It is cute!!

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  7. Looks great! I've avoided Lekala as yet, but may take a mosey on over...

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  8. Cute! I have downloaded a couple of Lekala but haven't got much further. I did all sorts of adjustments. I think it is time I tested them out. If they fit nicely then they really are a bargain.

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  9. How interesting! I really appreciate the info on these patterns, had assumed the process was both slow and expensive. I'll take another look! Your top is really cute and fits your very well.

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  10. Cute top. I am glad your experience was good with this pattern company. The price is definitely right!

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  11. Interesting, but wearable back details on that T shirt. Based on my own experience with Lekala pattern and what I have read of other bloggers, the closer your body proportions to the assumptions/coded rules in their pattern drafting software, the greater chance of a good pattern made to your measurements. My longer than normal back measurement ( curvature) resulted in pattern with an unsewable back neckline shoulder area.

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  12. I really like this tee shirt Beth! and I like Lekala patterns too! I've made a few and now looks like have to buy another! I can see having a few of these! Nice work and thanks for the review!

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  13. Love it! So unique without being to revealing. I think you need a few more of these. I even like the front if you want to use it with a plain back for several versions that aren't identical.

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  14. I like the tee you picked Beth. It's a lovely colour and you've done the right thing by getting rid of the bust dart too.
    I like working with Lekala just like I enjoy working with every other sewing pattern.

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  15. I really like this top, great details for a fun knit top. I can't believe $2.50, wow. Now to the flowers, love your hydrangea, all of mine are 6 to 18" tall right now.

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  16. Very nice tee!! I used a number of Lekala patterns and I was wondering wether the knits fit as well as the wovens. I'm glad to know that they do!! (IMO this dart did not make a lot of sense in the first place...)

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  17. Oh, so cute!!! I should give this one a try! Love it!

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  18. Very cute t, love that back detail. I really must give Lekala a try one of these days.

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  19. I was all set to order a Lekala pattern until I read Shams from Communing with Fabric's comment on their fit for the uber busty, among which I count myself, They can't get the shape right and they are hard to alter to fit at the bust. Since Sharon is an expert at fitting her bust I decided to pass on them. This looks great on you but your bust is nowhere near being large.

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  20. I'm a little late to the party but am thinking about this top. If you needed the dart, couldn't a wedge be cut from the section above the bust that is seamed? I'm guessing it would take rotating the dart to that seam? (and I think yours looks great and fits you well). I'm asking for those of us who have to make FBAs ...

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  21. Hey Beth, your T shirt pattern is very cool and awesome and the back side design is also super.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

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