Hola sewers. A while back I bought this jacket/cardigan pattern from Lekala Sewing Patterns. They sell a wide range of patterns, which on first glance look pretty boring. Or, for someone used to the awesome styling of indie pattern companies, they do at least! Their big selling point is that they have a nifty system whereby you create a profile, and upload your measurements, and a bunch of further ‘adjustments’, e.g. if your shoulder width is below or above average, arm length etc. So, when you buy a pattern, they send you a custom made one, based on your profile and god knows what kind of complicated algorithm.
It sounded a bit too good to be true, but as their patterns cost a pittance, I went for it. I’ve been in dire need of a cardigan for a while, so I finally decided to sew it up. And people, IT FITS SO WELL.
The cardigan is fitted in the back, and oversized with a super dipped hem in the front. It comes with a waistband pattern piece that’s supposed to be attached in the side seam. I chose to sew it as a separate waistband instead so that I can swap it out for a belt should I want to. It’s a knit pattern, so a super quick project for the serger. The instructions are very basic (about half a page) with no illustrations, so I’m quite glad I chose a simple one to sew up.
The fabric I used is an incredibly synthetic (20% viscose, 80% polyester), thin quilted jersey from Stof og Stil. You can’t really see the quilted pattern in my photo’s so check it out here.
I think I’m going to get a lot of use of this one. I’m getting better at buying more basic coloured fabric which is a bloody good thing, since that’s what I normally wear.
The cardi also looks great minus the waistband by the way.
If I find more Lekala patterns I like I might give it a go. It would be very interesting to try to make a fitted dress, as it’s something I’m not very good at making. Yet…
Have you ever tried Lekala’s patterns? Would love to know what you think of their method, and whether you think it works!
- Pattern – £2.5 (I kid you not)
- 2.2m Fabric – £27
Finally. The gorgeous Laura Mvula to brighten up your Monday…..