Sew-a-palooza? Oh yeah. It happened.
I made a knit top and pants (both made before), a pair of shorts and 2 skirts. I'll review the shorts and show off the other two in a second post. I also managed during Sew-a-palooza to make 3 dozen cookies, make two Target runs, have lunch with my daughter, take her to SR Harris and cook dinner! I did not go grocery shopping.
Now, if you recall, I was really working on shorts muslins a little while back. Well then I got it in my head that I needed casual skirts. And I needed a pattern with a yoke. I was perusing Lekala and found 5871.
I really liked it! Except I knew I wasn't going to attempt those zippered pockets without proper instructions. And then I knew I wasn't going to do all that dang top-stitching. And that band is cute from the front but the tabs? Meh.
And then, as soon as I paid for it, I realized there was a recent Burda pattern with a yoked back. Dang it! But then, I had the lightbulb moment to make them BOTH. Score!!
The Burda pattern was up first. I'd cut a 44 but after realizing how stretchy my denim was, I decided to use that difference between a 42 and 44 as part of my seam allowance and pseudo make the 42. I attempted to read the directions twice and then said forget it...it's a simple shape; I can do this!
- I was *SO* intent on my zipper not showing that I put it too far on the fly side and now it's lumpy. Boooo.
- I didn't add seam allowance to the drafted fly shield so it's a tiny one :)
- I somehow drafted my waistband too short and had to patch it. You can barely tell though!!!
- There were crazy storms today and I only have sucky pictures.
- I really like it!
- I used a jeans zipper!
- The shaping from the yoke is awesome!
- Stretch denim remnant from Mill End Textiles (purchased last year)
- Jeans zipper from stash ($.97 on clearance from JoAnn!)
- Size 14 needle for seams, size 16 needle for waistband, buttonhole
- Gingham scraps for pocket lining
- Metal button from SR Harris ($.25)
- Thread from stash
- Finished length was 23.5" or so...I didn't add any hem allowance and used a 1.5" hem
I actually top stitched the yoke (on either ride of the seam) but it is pretty invisible. It is neat though! Hahaha!
The Lekala skirt was sewn on Sunday in about 3 hours. It went REALLY fast. I tried reading those instructions four times and MEH!!!!! At the last minute, I decided to leave off the pockets. I like pockets but on women's fitted garments they just seem to get in the way. Every time I put on the denim skirt I have to "arrange" the pocket. Hmmph.
It was raining and WINDY and this is the best outside pic
Some of that bunching is due to my (granny) panties. Sorry.
- Nothing! I kicked butt sewing this skirt!
- Wait...the darts. I don't like the darts
- The cut on fly is too narrow. Next time I'll add 1/4" or 3/8" to it
- Fast. Fast. Fast.
- I did a good job topstitching the darts and ok on the yoke topstitching
- I made no adjustments and think Lekala did a pretty good job on the drafting.
- Cotton twill from SR Harris ($3.50/yd!)
- Zipper from SR Harris ($.50 in stash)
- Button from stash
- Thread from stash!! I was so amazed that I had matching thread. Yay for stashing!
- Since I eliminated the band on the bottom, I added 2" to the length and a 1.25" hem allowance. I ended up making a 1.5" hem.
They're both good patterns!!! Yay me!
The Burda is sized for stretch wovens so that affects fit.
The Lekala is great for circumferential measurements; but I think adjustments still need to be made. E.g., my "hip" measurement is 44". More of that is attributed to my butt than my "hips". I don't have enough butt room. This is true for the Burda pattern too; but the fabric stretches.
They both lose with their crappy straight waistband that's just folded in half. Booooo.
Those darts on the Lekala have to go. I don't like them. Maybe I can Frankenpattern and use the Lekala front with the Burda back! :)
In the above pics, the Lekala is on bottom, Burda on top. They are VERY similar! The Lekala is only slightly more wide on the outseam than the Burda.
More Sew-a-Palooza and SR Harris yumminess coming up! :)