Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lekala skirt and what do you do with that extra little bit of fabric?

This skirt was made with a lovely animal print (sold out) from Roz ( The pattern was a free pencil skirt from Lekala, which is a Russian pattern company.  You give them your measurements and very quickly a pdf with your pattern arrives in your email.  Follow the instructions to print, tape together and away you go.  This skirt needed minimal adjustment other than lengthening it significantly and then adding an additional 3 inches as noted with the black piping at the bottom, which to me is a nice design element to the skirt.  

To give the skirt a little more body it is interlined with cotton batiste and lined with silk haboti.  Just love the feel of silk on my legs. There is a center back invisible zipper with a hook and eye fastening for the waistband.  

Roz always has a nice animal print in stock so go check out what she has available, grab a free Lekala pattern and give them a whirl. Hope you have as good a fit as I did.

So what do you do with that extra little bit of fabric?  
You make your great niece, Soraya, a pair of shorts.  

I modified Simplicity 2668 to make a pair of paper bag shorts using the size L in 18 months.  The legs were not gathered but were lengthened to make them culottes.  Wide bias tape was used for the waist elastic and black bias tape was used to hem the shorts and add a design interest. They are also large enough to fit nicely over her diaper.

Gotta love an animal print pencil skirt-its always a classic!  I really like the piping detail.  And how adorable is Miss Soraya!!!! She's a fashionista is the making. Thank you for sharing your experience with Lekala patterns and for reminding us how we can use our "little bit of fabric"!  

Friday, January 17, 2014

Burda Style February 2014

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Love the bias band at the hem.

As shown, this dress is great for the weekends.  Add a belt and pumps this becomes a great dress for work!
Dress #102-Orange Tweed

This jacket is sized for petites.
Jacket #115-Splattered

Kicking your classic T-shirt up a notch!
T-Shirt #135B-Ladders

Plus Size
Good jacket for transitioning from winter into early spring.

Interesting lapels that turn into ruffles with a faux wrap skirt.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Fabric in the Spotlight: Scarlet Red Lace

Need a LRD (Little Red Dress) for Valentine's Day?  This red lace will definitely get the job done!  The lace motif is a densely embroidered floral and leaf pattern (about 1-1/2" long) on a deeper red netting.  Both sides are scalloped.  

Sewl Mate

Construction in Progress
Button: Red Eye, YKK Zipper #519, Gutermann Thread #420

Sweet Inspiration

 Burda Style 01/2014 #121

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5812, 5920, Marfy F3070, McCalls 6893, Simplicity 1755, Style Arc Alisha DressVogue 8849Vogue 8943

Sewing Tip:  Silk organza or tulle make great interfacing.