Monday, May 19, 2014

Trust Your Judgement

I was so mad when I realized I didn't change the settings for my Lekala patterns. This one I REALLY wanted and pleaded with them to resend it as letter and they did. 

I taped it while I was cooking dinner and knew I could sew up the bulk of the seams quickly on the serger, and do the hems tomorrow. 

Fail. Fail. Fail. 

I entered my measurements correctly. 
I know lekala has little ease. 

Top I saw:

"Oh cute! A fancy tshirt! Should wear easily and those pleats are sweet!"

Instincts:
That neckline looks impossibly small. 
It looks kinda short...
"Mom is that going to go around your boobs??"

Well...this is the top I got
(Sorry for the mirror!)

(I'm CHOKING)

(Yeah. Not gonna cover my entire torso)

1) I reversed the markings and the pleats are wrong BUT that's the least of the problems. 

2) I added 2" to the sleeve circumference and they're still JUST right. 

3) The bust is too small 

4) The neckline is stupid, ridiculously high. 

5) The top is just too short. This is with 1 1/4" added for hem allowance and it's not hemmed!

Fail. Fail. Fail. 


I can take a fail or two. Now and again. Sometimes ;)

Now I have to make something totally awesome.  

I like this fabric. Luckily I have 2+ more yards of it. Maybe I'll stash this to use as fabric for undies when I get around to buying lace. It's SUPER soft. 

27 comments:

  1. OMG, that neckline is super small! I wonder what they were thinking.

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  2. Do not swallow. Do not. Do. Not.

    You're still awesome. :-)

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    1. If I swallow I will be sucked into the vortex of this neckline!!!!

      NO! YOU ARE!!! :-*

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  3. Oooh, painful! My attempt at a Lekala t-shirt also resulted in a super-tiny neckline, too short torso, and an negative ease. I wonder if it's a general problem with their fit?

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    1. I knew there was very little ease in their garments...the neckline though...holy cow! And I'm not sure what's up with the length. I was trying to figure out if I told them I'm 5 feet tall...

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  4. I don't think it's too small around the bust, and if you lengthen it a couple inches and flare out a bit it will fit nicely. But yeah, the neckline is ridiculous.

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    1. Thanks Masha! :) It was definitely uncomfortably snug about the bust...and I like a little negative ease in knit tops!

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  5. I feel your pain. The free dress pattern 8000 came out way too small when I entered my actual measurements. I tried adding extra inches...then more inches...after 2 muslins I stopped trying to figure out how to enter measurements to get it to fit. I had better luck with their knit tops - but I still had to inflate my bust and hip measurements by about 2 inches and lengthen the t-shirt a LOT. Asking "Natalia" how to order the right size was not useful (she basically said, it seems to be too complex for me so don't waste my money) (nice customer service!)

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    1. Ooooh Ouch! Sorry you got bad customer service...

      Now that you mention it, I posted my pencil skirt on their FB page and mentioned making an adjustment for my hips next time and got a response that I "probably used the wrong measurement". Uhmm...no. I didn't...

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  6. That is made for a super small midget. There must be something not right about the scaling to have come out so small.

    I agree, whenever your instincts say something is not right, guess what? It's not. I've often overridden that gut feeling with logic, only to find, the instinct was right all along. I really empathise with you on this one, especially with using a fabric you really liked. So, yes, save this for undies.

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    1. LOL!!! Yes. A super, super small one!

      I knew that neckline was wrong. It was hard to cut it out because it was such tight curve.

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  7. "Now I have to make something totally awesome." LOL! Perfect! I do the same exact thing! "I'll show you, you stupid sewing fail!"

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    1. EXACTLY! "You will not beat me crazy white tee!"

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  8. Oh and the picture is so cute! I love the pleats. But that's what sewing is about...some things you like ,some things you don't and once in a while something that turns out great!

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  9. Lekala doesn't work for me either. They run small and have almost no ease. Having a good sloper helps--this helps me to know if the pattern is going to fit. I have knit and woven slopers for pants and bodices. Don't fret, Nakisha. Epic fails (though costly and time consuming) have a way of bringing us closer to our 'A' game.

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    1. So true Robin!

      I think I will work this year on developing bodice slopers.

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  10. Oh -- we learn from our mistakes! Now make something that rocks!

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  11. LOL - It's really too bad about the fail because the pattern is super cute :)

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    1. Thanks Kristin! It is a promising pattern!

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  12. I've tried Lekala once with no luck. The pattern I ordered was HUGE! It was a dress with like 5 inches of ease! I know I gave them my right measurements too because I double checked them like a million times.

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  13. The only Lekala that I've tried (a knit tunic) was also a fail for me. In my case, it had an appropriate amount of ease (although I fudged my measurements up slightly in fear of it being too tight), but it had a ruching detail that looked HORRIBLE on me. Totally unflattering. I know that Lekala works really well for some women, but for me, I suspect that it might be a case of "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

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  14. Sorry it didn't work out :( But maybe it can be a tee for your daughter? I haven't tried Lekala - I probably won't.

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  15. I haven't gotten a Lekala pattern to work for me yet, either. But I know you have made something from them previously and it came out great. I know your next garment will be amazing, once again.

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  16. I'm with you on that neck opening--how is a head supposed to fit through that?!? =/ The pattern is really cute, too, and I'm sorry that it didn't turn out like you'd hoped. That said, I can't wait to see your awesome "rebound" make!

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