Saturday, February 13, 2016

Sewing Lekala

I have been itching to try these patterns.
And for a first go I think I did okay.
Elsa chose this blazer but rather then a linen (as recommended) she was super keen for wool+suede.
I agreed on the proviso we left off the welt pockets. Too hard with those thick fabrics.
When you purchase your PDF pattern you enter your measurements  and the pattern is made to suit you!
I was pretty excited to try this concept out.
I won't lie, this was a challenging sew.
Elsa has a tiny waist and there was some seriously clipping, pressing and shaping going on.
The suede jacket I recycled wasn't 'proper' suede, just reversed leather and it was pretty rotten to sew and impossible to press, even with a Goddess sheet.
I ended up topstitching everything and it sat okay, not great but okay.
Then, disaster.
The lining pattern is traced from the main minus the facings and I think I may have subtracted the seam allowance instead of adding it?
Or the wool stretched?
Or I just have sleep deprivation?
What ever I did the pretty spotty georgette lining was too skimpy and the jacket wrinkled across the back.
To fix this, I dampened the wool and rolled the bottom up so the outside jacket was slightly to the inside.
I pinned it in place and steamed it and then left it for the weekend before edge stitching the whole lot in place.
It is not perfect but it is wearable.
Elsa also requested elbow patches.... which I didn't position quite right.
Le sigh.
I am wondering if I should have pinched a bit more out of the shoulders?
Or are my shoulder pads a bit big?
It looked very 'blah' without them.....
I am very happy with my first Lekala pattern.
Not a lot of hand holding, I am pleased I had sewn Lidia and Elsa's coats last year as I used all the skills I learned sewing them.
The lining is bagged and I went back to the Lisette blog to double check the method.
Next time I will leave the sleeve lining longer so I can press an ease hem at the sleeve end, or I will use a stretch satin for the lining.

I can definitely see myself sewing these patterns a lot for my girls.

Special thanks to Lara for recommending them to me.
*Elsa's Verdict*
I like the way it shows off my waist. I like that the lining is firmer then the outside fabric because it feels warm and like I am wearing two blankets. ( This surprised me as I felt this was an error but she actually likes it NMK)
Its pretty.
I like the contrast panels. 
I wish we had got the elbow patches closer to my elbows. I may get Mum to unpick them.
If I had it made again I would choose a soft linen. Not because that is what it is meant to be made with, I like my wool one but because I don't need two wool blazers.

Thanks for reading!
xx N


  1. Oh Elsa, I love, love love your jacket. You chose the fabrics perfectly. It's looks absolutely smashing on you.

    1. Thank you Deb (and thank you Nana Deb from Elsa)
      I did struggle with this, long projects can be hard when you have limited sewing time, but, that said, I really enjoyed it.
      xx N

  2. This is so pretty on you, Elsa. Well done, Nicole. Even though you had a few issues, it looks fab.

    1. Thank you Sandi.
      I made so many mistakes, so, so many but she can wear it so it is all okay.
      xx N

  3. That is such a sophisticated garment and also so versatile. I could very easily see this dressed up to the nines for corporate attire but equally as a lovely going out jacket with jeans and heels. Elsa has chosen so well.

  4. Thank you Aynsley.
    I hope it is versatile for her. It has a bit of growth yet so, hopefully, it doesn't get culled in her next wardrobe clear out.
    I wouldn't mind one myself....
    xx N

  5. I'd call that a win! I think you're being a bit critical of yourself, it looks fabulous. Those girls certainly push your skills and learning don't they? :)

    1. Thank you Jane.
      Don't worry, I blog my mistakes as I usually revisit my posts before I sew a garment again, this way I will know what to look out for.
      And, yes, they have far more confidence in me then I have in myself.
      xx N

  6. It looks great Nicole. I wouldn't have noticed a thing, had you not pointed them out (and I'm still not sure that I see!). Your girls have such sophisticated taste. And Elsa is right - it looks lovely on her (and her teeny waist).

  7. Thank you Masha.
    I was so nervous but the Twins have so much faith in me it gives me the boost to have a go.
    I will pass on your compliments, thank you!
    xx N

  8. well done! I have a jacket and a short coat on my list to do this year and I don't even know where to start!

  9. Colette, I am sure it will be gorgeous.
    I love your dresses, your fitting is sublime.
    xx N

  10. I was intrigued by their patterns too. I bought one awhile back to try but haven't made it up yet. This jacket looks great on her despite the issues you had :) I bet it would look so nice in a linen!

  11. I was really pleased Kristin, as you say, despite my issues ;)\
    Thank you
    xx N