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Lekala 5794

It took me a little longer to get back with this blog post than I anticipated – I spent the weekend in Hobart with my mum, aunt and cousin, and what a wonderful time we had at MONA, Salamanca Market, various restaurants…..but I digress.  May I present to you Lekala 5794.

Lekala 5794 in scuba knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

Yes, it’s a little different to my usual silhouette! The biggest difference – did you notice that I am actually wearing a BELT? Oh my goodness!

Lekala 5794 in scuba knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

The pattern illustration has this dress belted at the empire waistline, with a skinny belt through belt loops. I gave the belt loops a try, but struggled a bit to make them look neat and non-bulky in this beefy fabric. And I don’t own a skinny belt, but did already own this stretch fabric mesop belt. I tried the dress on both with the belt and without. Husband voted for no belt, so I took the belt off and popped it into my bag. When I got to work I tried it on again for my colleagues and they all voted yes to the belt. So the belt stayed.

Lekala 5794 in scuba knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

This dress is a little big across the back again in the same place as Lekala 5806, the dress in my last blog post. In both cases I cut the centre back piece with the seamline on the fold, because it was a straight line, but I possibly should have cut it in two pieces with a centre back seam to play a little more with fitting. Next time.  I need less fabric in the skirt width in that spot, and more in the front.  There is a reason why I don’t show you photos of me side on!  The skirt on this dress is a straighter cut than the one on Lekala 5806. It might be fun to mix and match the skirts between the two patterns!

Lekala 5794 in scuba knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

The bodice has darts coming from the side seams, and that lovely shaped neckline. The bottom curve is finished with bias tape, according to the instructions. I just cut a strip of the stretch fabric around an inch and a half wide, folded it in half and used it in the same way. The rest of the neckline is faced. As with Lekala 5806 I ordered the pattern according to my measurements but with high waist, increased upper arm circumference and reduced shoulder width. I just wish that they had an option for increased abdomen! Sleeve and skirt hems were finished with a twin needle.

Lekala 5794 in scuba knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

The fabric is a “scuba” knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics, polyester/spandex from memory. I was drawn to the colours and style of the print from the moment I spotted this fabric – actually, I think that the ever helpful staff at Darn Cheap may have drawn it to my attention. They know my proclivities!  So, what do you think – do I give the belt another airing?  And I really need to say a massive thank you to all those people who left me such encouraging and positive comments on my previous Lekala dress.  You do such wonderful things for my ego and my self-esteem – I really, really do appreciate it.


16 thoughts on “Lekala 5794

  1. I think this may be one of my most favorite dresses that you’ve ever shown us! I love the fabric, the neckline and the belt! While I’m quite a bit intimidated by putting in my measurements properly to order a pattern for myself, this dress has me tempted. I’ll have to keep an eye out for the perfect fabric!

  2. I’d need a belt-less picture for a proper comparison, but I think without the belt, or maybe a thinner one. Sorry to disagree with everyone else!

    I love the neckline and shape of the dress. I find that this belt + neckline, in this (beautiful) fabric, draw my eyes to your bust and make it appear quite prominent. Without a belt I guess you would miss out on the waist definition. Tricky! Maybe a thin belt in a brighter colour?

    Reminder to self – go to Darn Cheap soon!

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