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Lekala 5957

Once again I am incredibly behind with blogging.  I blame Instagram.  It’s easy to find an excuse isn’t it – but if I didn’t blog I wouldn’t be able to search information about prior projects – and I wouldn’t be able to contribute to the sewing blogging conversation!  So I figure better late than never.

Thankfully photos are date-stamped.  I made Lekala 5957 on April 18th.  The pattern is described as “Classical Dress”.  The fashion illustration shows a fitted princess seamed dress, above the knee, with three quarter sleeves.

Lekala 5957 technical drawing

Interestingly, this is how it looked on me.

Lekala 5957 dress in stretch sateen from deep stash - pre-alteration

Not above the knee, not three quarter sleeves, not fitted. I have no idea what happened. Lekala are drafted to measure. There could have been a printing problem – I have to admit that I hardly ever measure the box to check that things are printing out to the correct size, although I do take special care to ensure that I tick all the printing boxes to print at 100% – but this dress turned out WAY larger than expected.

Lekala 5957 dress in stretch sateen from deep stash - pre-alteration

The photos give it a bit of a retro shift appearance, but it really did feel like a too big sheath dress. So I took it in. I took it in around the armscye and the side seams. And took it up. And shortened the sleeves. I didn’t adjust the princess seams, but it would have been a good idea if I had. I really should have just unpicked the whole thing and recut it smaller. Anyway, this is what I ended up with – much more like the fashion illustration.

Lekala 5957 dress in stretch sateen from deep stash

The fit is much better overall.

Lekala 5957 dress in stretch sateen from deep stash

The fabric is a stretch cotton sateen from deep, deep stash. I think that once upon a time it came from Spotlight.

Lekala 5957 dress in stretch sateen from deep stash

There is a lapped centre back zip, and the neckline is finished with bias binding used as a facing. Construction was very straightforward, and much of it on the overlocker. There is a centre back vent, and overall it is, as Lekala say, a classical dress. And that may be it’s problem, as far as I am concerned. I wore it once, to a work committee meeting, and by the end of the day the sateen was extremely creased and crumpled. I suppose that is to be expected in an unlined dress, but I really wasn’t happy with the creases. And despite it being a lovely fabric, and looking okay in the photos, it’s really not my style. It went out in the wardrobe purge. Bye bye dress – but I’m glad that I gave you a try.

Lekala 5957 dress in stretch sateen from deep stash

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6 thoughts on “Lekala 5957

  1. Maybe a boat neckline is not your thing … But please keep blogging. I haven’t seen for years and I’m hoping to get back to it soon. It’s inspiring seeing what you’ve sewn. I do wonder if that style might have been better in a plain fabric with colour blocking … just a thought.

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