Sewing with Lekala patterns – Part III / A simple dress
The last time that I managed to take pictures for this skirt, I also did this Lekala 5166. BUT while I was uploading them in Iphoto, something went wrong – Iphoto quit “unexpectedly” – and the pictures were GONE. Already deleted from the camera and nowhere in Iphoto. I
could have cried.
2 weeks later, I’m looking for a picture for a friend and I ended up founding the pictures of the dress in the photostream of my Iphone. My friend could not have cared less because I was trying to find for him the picture that a Haitian Government official uses as a chat profile pic where he happens to be topless with 3 rottweilers (yes it’s true… and the guy well into his 50′s). Anyway, I cared more about my dress!!
If you remember, I scared you in this post deciding to use an old school Lekala Pattern, namely Lekala 5166. IT IS scary on paper but in real life it’s just a cute fitted dress! The only change I made to the pattern (made to measure with the Lekala advanced features) was to make it shorter, waaaay shorter. I also changed the seam allowances in the back on the dress and the facings to apply my favorite invisible zipper method.
There is not much more to say apart that I LOVE THIS DRESS and I already modified the pattern to make a sleeveless version out of linen (waiting to be photographed). Next time that I will make it with sleeves I want to remove maybe 1/2″ of ease in the sleeve head as it almost puckered.
The fabric was bought in Mood NYC when I went back in June. It’s from Anna Sui, it was in the silk section but I have to admit that I never saw a silk with such a weave… As you can see on the back I paid absolutely NO attention to print matching. Should I have to? I don’t think I care (which is weird because I’m usually slightly obsessive about this kind of things)!
For the construction I mostly used my 4-thread serger as I am trying to teach myself to use it more. Since you can’t really cout on the instructions here is my order of construction :
- Sew the front and back darts
- Serge shoulder seams on the dress and the facings
- Serge side seams
- Serge underarm seam and hem the sleeves.
- Set sleeve in armhole, serge the finished seam.
- Serge Center back seams separately, attach invisible zipper, sew the back seam, attach facings to zipper and sew facing to the neck of the dress.
- Hem the dress
It really is a quick one and the result quite 90′s but nice and easy to wear. The dress form shots :
Did I convince you to use Lekala yet? Is print matching absolutely mandatory? But most importantly: How much 90′s is too much 90′s??