Friday, December 7, 2012

Lekala 4042. I'm a fan.

This was the second of my aforementioned sewing projects that I was able to burn through, and my first ever Lekala pattern.

Review of Lekala 4042:

Pattern Description: 
Blouse with decorative neckline from knit fabric.

Pattern Sizing:
You give them a set of 5 or 6 measurements and they give you a size-accurate pattern.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, but I lengthened the sleeves.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
There are a couple of places to find the instructions. One translation is better than the other. Look on this website:
The instructions were pretty good for this one. It's a bit tricky, but if you've sewn for a while it should be not problem.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved that it was exactly my size and had seam allowances already added. This doesn't take a lot of fabric either and it's a quick make.

Fabric Used:
A very fluid jersey knit in a vibrant raspberry.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
My muslin, made out of a much sturdier knit was much too small in the shoulder width. I added 3/4" to the shoulder width and it ended up being a bit too wide in this drapey fabric (see arrows and circle in pictures). I'm not very familiar with negative ease, so I'll chalk this mistake up to ignorance. It's easy enough to fix if I ever get around to it.
I also made the sleeves long. All I did was measure myself from my shoulder to my wrist, then I added the hem and an additional 4" for rouching:

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, and absolutely. I was very happy with my first experience with Lekala and I recommend them to everyone (well, maybe not beginners since the instructions are not the greatest). I may make this again in another colour in a slightly heavier knit. I just saw someone else made this with a striped knit which gives a neat effect:

I'm so impressed with Lekala patterns. I've made the other knit top and will review it soon. So far the fit is really great. I've yet to try anything more complicated so my opinion may change.


  1. Oh, this is sharp!! Nicely done.

  2. I've never tried using their sizing service, but I downloaded way more than I'll ever need in a standard size during one of their "free pattern" deals. How many measurements do you put in to get the pattern? Because I know that if I go by just bust/waist, that won't work at all....

    1. They ask you for height, full bust, underbust (where your bra band sits), waist, tummy/hip, full hip. The patterns are so inexpensive that I didn't mind giving it a try.

  3. Love the neckline and sleeve details on this one. I can see why you are a fan of this pattern...

  4. Very nice! I am looking into sewing a few of their items. I hope to have results as nice as yours.