Remember those rust pants from a previous post that I was trying to find tops for? Well here is the second instalment : a casual summer blouse using Lekala 4420
A rayon print in a Jacobean style print. The red is a little brighter than the colour of the pants but blends well. Colours also include denim blue, black, sage on a cream background. Should also be able to pair this with jeans, cream linen pants and khaki green pants.
Lekala 4420. It had most of the features of the inspiration top but with the bonus of pleats at the neckline rather than gathers. I had original bought this pattern to make in a sand-washed silk but, as always, feared messing it up. This was a good chance to make a test garment before committing the silk.
Lekala pattern instructions are fairly limited but it was fairly easy to put together. There is a facing for the front slit which is applied after the centre front seam. I cut a double yoke and used the burrito method to sew it to the front and back pieces.
For the ties, I extended the length of the bias strip for the collar and attached tassels to the tie endings. I could only get black or white tassels locally, so I’ve made my own using a weaving cotton thread which was a closest match to the red in the fabric that I had on hand.
The fit is a little on the big side though the shoulder and neckline, even though I used the same custom measurements that I usually do. The shoulder seam drops off the shoulder a bit too much and will need to be adjusted for the silk version.
I love the positioning of the back tucks at the yoke – there are two each side, set wide apart. It gives the shirt a very nice fall. The back hem is quite long and I’ve been tossing up whether I like it or not. It covers the bum nicely, but cuts me in half from the back view. What do you think – should I shorten it?
Another area of concern was the front neckline tucks. The outer one points to the armhole notch and just pools fabric there. I’ve unpicked the neckline ( fun 😦 ) and changed that tuck to face the other way, ie the upper edge is facing the shoulder rather than the CF, and it sits much better.
For a casual summer top, I think this is OK. I was wearing it around the house during a couple of 30-35oC days at it was quite comfortable. For the silk version, I’ll need to adjust the width of the neckline and shoulders for a better fit. And adjust the back length so it can be tucked in.
At a Glance:
|Pattern: Lekala 4420
Fabric: Rayon woven print
Rating: 3/5 It’s OK but would need some more modifications
Difficulty: 2/5 Fairly simple to put together. Bias binding on neckline.
|30 wears: Possibly
Fad factor: Medium
Flexibility: Medium( 3-5 outfits)
Expected life: 4-5 years