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Lekala – my experience

First of all – thank you all for the thoughtful words regarding my missing dresses. I knew you´d understand. Still no sign of them, but if they show up, you´ll be the first to know.

For the last year or so, I have more and more become smitten by Lekala, the pattern company that claims to make personalized sewing patterns. I have since December last year bought quite a few patterns, and tested different pattern types, and used them both for myself and for sewing for a friend with a different size than I. I know a lot of you are curious about Lekala, so I thought I´d talk a little about my experiences with this pattern company.

MMM14: Day 5
Jacket: Lekala 4162

 

Structure

Lekala-patterns offers a wide range of options for printing: with seam allowance, without, you can get the pattern in A3, A4, legal, letter, wide PDF, PLT, LEK and tabloid. I have only tried A4 for my home printer, and it works very well. There´s not too much paper going to waste, and the patterns I have used have always been very precise and accurate. You also have to option of choosing between cm and inches, and that´s always good.

Lekala 4002
Lekala 4002

 

Sizing

Lekala has two different sizing systems, one regular one with no customization, and one quite detailed one with options for many different adjustments. I have found that the patterns I have used so far fit me very well based on the detailed adjustments I have entered, just be aware that most of the patterns come with very little ease (especially in comparison to the Big Four). So if you like your clothes to be roomy, take that into account when entering your measurements. I like fitted garments, so for me it was never a problem. I had no problems with the fitting for my friend either, although she has a different body type than I.

Construction

Some of the instructions for construction can be fairly cryptical. Just so you know. I am used to Burda, and thus also used to deciphering pattern instructions. There are no diagrams or step-by-step instructions, so if you are an absolute beginner, then maybe steer clear of the more complicated patterns. But for me, I feel you come a long way with the written instructions, and a good reference book.

Lekala 4193
Lekala 4193

 

The garments themselves are like magical creatures. Except for one dress that I made, and accidentally used a pattern made for stretch in an woven fabric, all of the garments I have made fit me perfectly. Without any adjustments. Just think about that for a second. No adjustments. Damn. For the record, I usually need to make a FBA, and trace patterns over three sizes, lengthen the length of skirts and trousers, and also at times to some adjustments in the back. So the time saved by having a pattern made for me, is like magic to me. I know that others with different body types than me have complained about the computer generated patterns not fitting their body, but for me it works really well.

Patterns I have used

I have made a Pinterest-board to keep track of the Lekala-patterns I have bought and these are the ones I have tried:

4097: This is a very cool sweatshirt, I think. The construction is so nice, and I love the details, like the thumb hole on the cuff, the asymmetrical hood closing and the actually rather fitted style.
4110:

This is the dress I made for my friend. Apart from fiddling about a little with the attachment of the collar, it went together rather smoothly.

4002:

This shirt is one of the more tight fitting garments I made. I use a beautiful chambray for this, and because it has no give, I had to take out the seams a little to get a bit more relaxed fit. But I actually think that it had more to do with my fabric choice than anything else. I also lengthened the sleeves.

4168:

This dress is for knit fabric. I didn´t realize that before I had cut it… Luckily I have taken to trace the seam line, and leave generous seam allowances, instead of cutting a 5/8″ seam allowance, so it worked out fine. I did skip the sleeves though, as they were teeny tiny in my non-stretchy fabric.

4193: This dress was so much fun to make! It has a lace insert in the back, and lots of pleats on the front bodice. Again, I skipped the sleeves, as I thought it would look better without, but I might change my mind again. The fit is impeccable.
4294:

To be honest, this dress isn´t finished, but I have basted all the pieces together and trust that it fits. I am making this from a crepe de chine, so I am taking my little time with this one, but I look forward to the finished dress.

4246:

Ironically, this very loose fit top actually have the worst fit of the lot, because I used a tissue knit without much stretch, instead of the recommended stretchy knit. So I might make this again actually, as I love the cool diagonal design.

4162:Finally, this jacket is the piece de resistance. If I may say so myself: it´s perfect. I have struggled with the fit on earlier jackets, but this one – no adjustments what so ever. I made it like a wearable muslin, and so my fabric choice isn´t the best, as it attracts dust and lint like nobody´s business, but I have some more versions of this one planned for autumn!

 

The verdict

Well, no surprises here, I´ve become very smitten with Lekala. I really think that if you are interested in sewing fresh, new designs and also wouldn´t mind skipping some of the fitting issues, I´d say go for it!

Pro´s:

  • For me, fit issues are almost eliminated
  • The choices are endless – the pattern catalogue is huge
  • There are new patterns all the time
  • The designs are original and fresh
  • The patterns are printable in different formats
  • You can choose with or without seam allowance
  • There are patterns both for knits and wovens
  • They are cheap!

Con´s:

  • Instructions tends to be a little complicated.
  • There are no yardage suggestions.
  • I prefer printed patterns over PDF´s, but that´s just me.
  • The search functions on the web page are a little bit limiting. I would like to see options for knits/non-knits, specific search terms etc.

All in all, as you can see I really do recommend trying patterns from Lekala, please be aware that I have not received anything to do this review, I just wanted to help out others who have been curious about Lekala. Have fun!

2 Responses to Lekala – my experience

  1. Wow! I have not heard of this company and I’m very, very curious! No fit issues?! I can’t even imagine! I’m off to check them out!

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6 Responses to FO: Marcy Tilton Vogue 8934 Coat

  1. This is wonderful! I think this shape is so flattering, and as you say, it’s super practical for layering with winter jumpers whilst still being comfortable. I’ve been putting off sewing a coat because I bought one almost identical to yours three years ago and couldn’t imagine any better coat! You’ll get a lot of wear from this!

    • Thank you! I love the fact that I can put on anything underneath, it´s so new still, that I catch myself smiling evrytime I reach for one of my thicker sweaters and put this coat on top. 🙂

  2. Your coat is so stylish! The darted hem is really interesting. I can see why you were drawn to it. And I had to laugh when I read what you wrote about the design that was meant to appeal to Marcy Tilton fans!

    • Thank you! I really love the darts, such an easy way to make something a little bit different. I love Marcy Tilton’s craftmanship, but her design choices aren’t always on the top of my list. Although I do appreciate the effort and energy that goes into that kind of work as well.:-)

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Tamanegi-Kobo!

One of the best things about the me-made-may flickr pool, is all the new inspiration. This year quite a few members of the Japanese sewing community joined in, and brought an extra flair to the group. One pattern company that seemed to reoccur quite frequently was Tamanegi-Kobo. Tamanegi-Kobo sells PDF patterns, some have English instructions,… Continue Reading…

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10 Responses to Sølvi and the Summer Dresses: BurdaStyle 12-2006-113

  1. What a gorgeous dress. I love the colours of the floral print,and it looks great on you. Funnily I have been thinking about styles I never wear or make snd strappy tops or dresses are one thing I never ever wear. Maybe I need to try one just for a change? xx

    • Thank you. I am all about trying new stuff som why no try out some strappy tops and dresses? I am sure you would look great in it! 🙂

  2. A wonderful summery dress! I’m totally in love with the fabric. 🙂 Hope you’ll have lots of occasions to wear it this year!

  3. Super pretty!!! I really hope it’s sunny enough for you to wear it, or at least layer it into an outfit during MMM’13 xxx

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12 Responses to Sølvi & the Summer Dresses: New Look 6377

  1. LOVE that hat!! sundress looks great, the length is unusual to me, i’m not adventurous with lengths, knee or above for me! looking forward to seeing what other unblogged gems you have in your wardrobe.

  2. Seeing this dress really makes me believe in summer again. It’s so fresh and lovely! You style it so well also, looks fab with the hat and shoes 🙂

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10 Responses to FO: Fairtrade pencil skirt.

  1. Oh wow! The yellow belt makes it look so “fashion” and yet it has a vintage air to it too. I would never have known the fabric was from Offset – I passed over this print assuming it was for upholstery – but you look NOTHING like an armchair in it! 😉

  2. I love the skirt and the print. Did you use a special type of interfacing to avoid the waistline rolling over? I read a review on Burdastyle from Frabjous Couture that said she use boning.

  3. Thanks everyone!
    @Sewing Princess: I didn´t use any special type of interfacing, just the regular one I usually use, a woven cotton one, not especially thin nor thick. I just understitched the facing and tacked it in place. 🙂

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That´s Sew Cinematic: Hudsucker Proxy

I can’t believe it’s June already, and I haven’t shown you any of my Sew Cinematic creations! Just a little recap, my inspiration for this sew-along looks a little something like this:  So far, I have made the cropped jacket from Hudsucker Proxy and the shirt and trousers from The Last Time I Saw Paris. All… Continue Reading…

12 Responses to That´s Sew Cinematic: Hudsucker Proxy

  1. Such a beautiful jacket! I would have imagined this jacket was boxy based on the pattern drawing, but yours looks very flattering and feminine. Lovely!

  2. Brilliant jacket ! It looks the perfect cover up & I think I too am swooning for the back pleat. It’s a great shape on you – really suits you – how great that it’s so practical yet stylish!

  3. I just love this on you! I’ve been eyeing this pattern — probably not a great choice for my shape but such great details, the length, the back, etc. Modern but retro (and versatile to boot!), just lovely.

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12 Responses to Fun! – The Header Dress – Pattern Review: BurdaStyle 01-2010-130

  1. Definitely fun! You are certainly full of pizzazz today! 😀
    Question: is this a new length for you? I only just discovered higher hemlines for myself and while I like them I am a bit wary of wearing them to work. Do you?

  2. […] posted a question on my last post regarding the length of the header dress: She wondered wether this was a new length for me. An excellent question, and I know she has […]

  3. I love days like this and in THIS I means days I find adorable blogs like yours. I simple love your dress. I can’t wait to see all the things you make and read your past posts.

  4. I LOVE that dress of yours! It’s funny that you found inspiration in my dress, because I find THIS inspirational! Oh no, are we going to go round in an inspiration-circle?! xxx

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FESA: The corduroy pants

Edit: I had no idea, but a post over at the Coletterie stated that it is Corduroy Appreciation Day today! Fitting, no? So, I finally finished my corduroy pants! I´ve been wanting to make a rust colored pair since seeing Carolyn´s version. I have already told you about the beginnings of these pants, so here comes the finished… Continue Reading…

15 Responses to FESA: The corduroy pants

  1. They look good Solvi. I love the rust colour and it goes well with the turquoise top. A splash of brightness for winter!

    • Good point, Alana. Another argument for always sew side zips (or back zips are alright too, I guess…)

  2. They look fab! I love the rust corduroy. I especially like the seaming at the bottom– looks great with your lace up boots. I’m going to have to try out a Burda trouser pattern. I hear people say that they are drafted well.

  3. They seem to fit perfectly, and I love how you styled them with ankle boots and the bright top.

  4. They look lovely on you! I really like the rest of that outfit, too. Teal really is your color and the scarf and shoes are pretty!

  5. They must be the most stylish pair of cords ever. The shape really suits you and they look perfect cosy winter wear. Im enjoying the fruity colour too! Great vision- totally worked.

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11 Responses to FESA update: The jersey dress

  1. This is one of those dresses that looks so much better on than in the technical drawing. I love how you styled it so many different ways!

  2. The dress looks nice in all the different styles and I agree with Sigrid that it looks better than in the drawing.The colour looks gorgeous!
    So pleased that you found a copy of the Perry Ellis skirt too!

  3. The dress looks great – I love the colour on you and the versatility. I like the collage too. I can see this being a winter wardrobe staple.

  4. Knit dress love – and the color is great! I’ve had in mind something similar for a polka dot jersey I recently got. I’ll have to check if I own the Burda issue…

  5. Wow! This dress is definitely a winner. I love all the “versions” of your collage, it was a great idea. Fabulous!

  6. Knit dresses are one of my fav things and yours looks great. I love the different ways you’ve styled your dress, looks like you’ll get plenty of wear out of it.

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