Category: Pattern Reviews

Lekala 4162: Linen Blazer

A couple of months back, I found some gorgeous natural linen fabric from my local indie fabric shop.  I bought enough for a pair of pants and shorts.  After making the pants, I decided to make a matching jacket instead of the shorts.   I chose the Lekala 4162 pattern as I’ve had good fitting results ...

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The swimsuit 2016: Part 2

My togs are finished and road- swim- tested!   Armed with the English instructions the pieces went together like a breeze.  I’m really happy with how they have turned out.  You can see part 1 here. Construction The instructions are concise but very clear.  You are guided as to what stitch to use on each step.  ...

The swimsuit 2016: Part 1

Finally, I'm summoned up the courage to tackle this swimsuit (a.k.a. togs).  It has only taken 4 years, but I think it will be worth the wait.  The pattern is Merckwaerdigh BAD 24.  I fell in love with it the first time I saw it.  It is very distinctive and I was particularly attracted to ...

Lekala 4305 (Jacket With Stand Collar) in Denim

Last year I made the pattern last year "as-is" in leather and have worn it a lot. I have used the pattern as a base to knock-off of the Kuhl Burr jacket. This post covers the design changes that I made. Please see the original post for more detail on the original pattern / instructions ...

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Pattern Review: McCall 7199 in Printed Mesh

When this pattern was first released I was really excited.  I had seen a similar style in RTW on Anthropology and more recently, the Style Arc Marie Jacket pattern.  The different closures were appealing, especially view C with the toggle closure. I made it up in a lightweight printed mesh.   The fabric is gorgeous but ...

Pattern Review: Patrones Magazine 339 #3 (Pantalon Lasserre) in heavy cotton twill

I made these pants in a very heavy, tightly woven cotton twill. The fabric is still a little stiff but should soften (I hope).  The style lines of this pattern a great - a bit more detailed than most pant patterns. The princess seams make fitting much easier too. I may sew this again in ...

Pattern Review: KnipMode Magazine 03-2014 #108 (Blouse) in Raw Silk

Ever since this edition in the mail, I’ve had this pattern high on my wishlist.  Love the deep V neckline and partial standup collar!  Last year I made a test garment up, in long sleeves.  For this version I, I made a few changes, especially to the neckline depth, and added bust darts. The fabric ...

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Pattern Review :Lekala 4177 ( Peplum blouse) in black silk

This pattern is a 1 yard wonder!  The peplum takes up most of the fabric, but it is possible to lay the bodice and sleeve pieces around it. With a number of peplum patterns coming out lately, I decided to give this a go.   I love the way the peplum sits.  It doesn't have as ...

Lekala 4167 (Jacket in Military Style) in Textured Wool

I love it! It feels so nice to put it on and I know I'm going to wear it a lot!To my amazement, there are no wrinkles, the sleeve hangs perfectly, and doesn't bind when I lift my arm up. I've also really surprised myself with the construction. 12 months ago, I could only dream ...

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Lekala 4425 (Blouse with ruche) in raw silk

I found a photo of this top somewhere on Polyvore last year. It can't remember the designer, but I loved the top. I was going to try drafting it, but on a whim I submitted the photo into Lekala's "Suggest new style". It got the most number of votes that week and a couple of ...