More Lekala Testing, some undies and a little Jalie

So I am love the theory behind the Lekala patterns.  You put in your measurements….it gives you a pattern.  I’ve done a few tests.  All in all, I love it.  The bust tends to fit me dead on and I do need to do some small tweaks at the hips.  Here is last night’s test…  This is 4582, what I consider to be a woven work dress:


I decided to test this particular one because it had sleeves.   Previously I had tested some tank style dresses, but I knew I’d need to test a sleeve to get an accurate assessment of the back fit.

Here’s my test:


All in all, I can’t believe how well this fit. I did learn that I need to bump up my waist and hip inches by an inch, but the bust and the shoulders are PERFECT. It’s amazing.  The length on the skirt turned out a little too short for my liking, but that’s also an easy thing to fix.  I think these patterns are brilliant and can’t wait to make up more.

In between all that, I also made 11 pairs of undies from my favorite Kwik Sew 2908 pattern.

Here are the 5 I kept for me..the other 6 went to my sister and I forgot to take a picture before they left!


View C of Kwik Sew 2908


The best undie pattern ever

In the middle of the undie sewing, I started to have the worst time with my machine.  The fabric just wasn’t feeding correctly. Finally i realized that it was likely my walking foot, so I went to Joanns and bought another one.  It was branded as a Singer walking foot and it just did not work at all.  Based on some advice from the smart people at Pattern Review, I bought one from Sears for a Kenmore machine.   I have a Kenmore (which is really a Janome in disguise.)  This walking foot is AMAZING!    I’m glad it’s not my machine because I didn’t want to not have it while it was in for servicing! I’ll kick the can on that one a little while longer! 🙂

Next up was a quick Jalie top for my sister.  I’ve never made this pattern before so the ladies on the Jalie Facebook page helped me out with sizing.  My sister said she loves it!  This fabric is soooo gorgeous….it came from Needle Nook Fabric in Wichita.


The top sewed up perfectly.  I love Jalie patterns.  I’m on the lookout for some fabric for me to make this up in.

And that catches us up to now!  Next up is a quick bikini for my sis.  It’s another surprise gift in a cute Navy with red polka dots.

Happy Sewing!


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5 Responses to More Lekala Testing, some undies and a little Jalie

  1. Tee says:

    wow, you accomplished a lot! Did not know about that pattern line. Great fit! I get good results with my Wildginger pattern software. I like that I can design my own looks with it.

    • Tee, I’ve never tried wild ginger or any of the other ones but I’ve always been intrigued. I would love to look into it someday. For Lekala, if you’re going to try it out, be aware that there’s also bootstrap fashions that sells the same of patterns, but bootstrap has a few unique ones on their website. I think I read somewhere that the patterns are designed by a guy in Russia, and then those designs are sold by multiple companies. There can be small cost differences between the two so if you’re super cost conscious, it would pay to figure out the cheaper one. On Lekala, they have bundle pricing where you can buy so many for a set amount…I think I bought 10 patterns for $20 or so. It’s nice b/c you don’t have to buy them all at once…Right now I still have several left to buy and I love that! It’s like free patterns now. 😉 Both sites have free patterns that you can test out before you buy any. I love that feature!

  2. Hi! I am new to blogging – I just started mine last week. I love your shirt and undies! I love Kwik Sew patterns and I think making underwear is so satisfying. Your dress is looking like it will be a great fit on you! Thank you so much for sharing your sewing. I am looking forward to seeing more of what you do on your blog and on Pattern Review!

    • Hi Barbara!! Thanks for the comment! I’ll check out your blog! Catching up with everyone’s on a Saturday or Sunday is one of my favorite things to do…I wish I had more time for it (both posting on my own and reading on others!) And it’s nice to have a blog…if only to help me remember! I will never be one of those super prolific bloggers, or one with awesome pics, but that’s ok. My favorite part of it is that I can go back and check things out…my memory is really pretty minimal, so I need all the help I can get!!

  3. erinlouise says:

    What great basics to make! Love the colour fabrics you used and that top is gorgeous. Makes me want to buy that pattern!! Looking forward to seeing the final Lekala dress!

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