Mendocino Spring Dress
The perfect fit every time! I am so pleased with the fit of this dress for my daughter, Leah. Since I have her measurements stored in my Lekala account, I can make her a dress, top, skirt, or any style, and know that it will fit perfectly without her even being here for a fitting. This time I made her a sleeveless dress with a design element in the front bodice. I changed the pattern slightly, and made a gathered skirt instead of putting in the pleats because I only had enough fabric to do it that way. I also added red piping around the waist. I’d like to try a pleated version and cut it on the cross-grain of striped fabric, like the styling in the picture, before summer is over. Maybe I’ll make it for me.
Fabric: 100% cotton print
Pattern: Lekala.co: –Dress #4282
Notions: invisible zipper, thread, piping
Time to complete: 6 hours
First worn: April 20, 2014 – Easter Holiday
Wear again? My daughter loves it!
Total price: 3 yards $15.00, Pattern $2.24
All patterns are only $1.49 Friday April 18-to Monday 21. If you haven’t tried these patterns, this would be a great time to take advantage of the sale price. All patterns are made to your exact measurements and ready to download within minutes! I love the new wide format PDF option, for just a few dollars you can have the pattern printed out on one piece of paper at your local copy house.
Again, as I did for my own sparkly bow back top around Christmas, I used Lekala Sewing Pattern Company pattern # 4284.
I input the measurements of the girls I made them for, and then printed the patterns out and taped them together. I always opt for the seam-allowance, which is smaller than 5/8 in, because it works great for the serger and saves on fabric. You can get the pattern without seam-allowence, if you prefer to add your own. I’m busy editing the hundreds of patterns that Lekala Sewing Pattern Company offers, so I’m happy to say that an ever-increasing number of patterns are more user friendly.
This is one pattern, that I never tire of sewing up. It’s fun to try it in different colors and patterns. I’ve even made it out of extra large men’s tee-shirts, done some stash busting with it, experimented with shibori dying, and most recently, a cute teal and white striped bow back top for my youngest daughter, Leah.
Fabric: Medium Stretch Jersey Knit from Beverly’s
Pattern: Lekala.co: Tee-shirt Top – Sewing Pattern #5922
Notions: matching thread for top-stitching
Time to complete: A few hours
First worn: March 26, 2014
Wear again? Yes, it’s comfortable, and looks good with jeans.
Total price: 1 yard stretch knit jersey $4.00, Pattern $2.24
I’m editing a batch of Lekala’s Stretch Knit Tops at the moment. They have interesting design details on many of the tops, as well as the typical tee-shirt styles. I like to go through the construction of some of the patterns, just to see how they look.
On this particular pattern, I enlarged the neckline, and shortened the sleeves for a more flattering look on me. Jersey knit tops are easy to alter as you go. I just marked a new neck and serged it.
I made the pleats on the left, following the marks on the pattern. They were a little tricky, so I suggested that Lekala.co add some arrows to the pleat marks for clarity.
I’ll be making up more of Lekala’s unique Jersey Knit Tops over the next several months.
If you have any particular style, you’d like to see made up, just leave me a comment, or email me at baechtel12atgmaildotcom.
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For this post I’m sharing a video tutorial on the quick and easy steps for putting together Lekala pattern #4324. I used a novelty quilting fabric from Beverly’s to test the pattern. It’s quite charming with black fashion magazine text in the background and fashion related quotes, surrounded by high heels in the foreground. I usually break up instructions with pictures, but this time I thought I’d try a short video production using imovie. It was fairly simple for me to jump right in and be successful, but I must admit that I’ve always enjoyed the movie making process. Youtube lets you do a bit of editing, allowing you to add copyright free music, and annotations. The music selections were not quite long enough for my video, but it will do for this one.
Anyway, back to this very pretty look! I just love how it turned out. I received several compliments from strangers, while out with my hubby for the photoshoot. The fit is perfect too! I like the method of making the entire front, and the entire back separately, this allows you to quickly make any adjustments to the the sides seams. If you haven’t tried Lekala.co for patterns yet, this would be a perfect one to start with.
Here are a few tips: If you don’t have a serger, just use a zigzag stitch or pinking sheers to finish your edges. On this particular pattern, I cut facings for the waistband, and installed them, like you would a pillow case border. If you are not sure how to do this, it’s easy to research on the internet. It’s a little tricky to explain. But…. you don’t have to do that part, I just prefer a little more stability there. In the video, you won’t see me include the waistband facing. I wanted to stay true to the pattern instructions.
I’d appreciate any feedback you would like to leave in the comments. I’m always ready to improve my tutorials and instructions for dressmaking. Thanks for looking and happy sewing!