Has anyone out there ever bought a pattern from Lekala patterns? Nicole Lekala has a range of 386 patterns on her Craftsy page at the time of writing and is often adding more. But what makes Lekala patterns unique is the promise to draft you a completely personalised pattern based on your own measurements. This was too good an offer to pass up on so I thought I would give it a try.
I picked this pattern to try out – obviously because it was free so there was nothing to lose! Its a cross-over front top with long sleeves designed for knit fabrics. So how would it fit? I sent in my measurements and the pattern came back quickly in PDF to print and piece together.
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What do you get?
Lekala patterns include a line drawing of the design, and an illustration of a model wearing the finished garment, but there are no photos of the blouse to see how it might really fit on an actual person. I don't know if Nicole ever sews any of her own patterns because I have never seen a photo of any finished items. There are also basic written instructions on how to sew your pattern, but there are no illustrations. English is also not her native language so some of the wording is a little unusual and confusing, but if you have a simple pattern you should be fine. How things would go with a more complicated sew using just the basic written instructions, I'm not sure.
How did it fit?
I made this up twice to give it a fair review. I made the pattern straight from the pieces supplied with no alterations because it was supposed to be a personally designed and fitted pattern so I wanted to review how it fitted.
I made the top first in a linen blend jersey knit with a two way moderate stretch. Sadly it really was unwearable.
The arms and the arm holes were SO tight I could only really get it on by wiggling the fabric bit by bit. And you can see how badly the fabric is pulling above from the arms to the shoulders where it is far too small. It made the top gape badly and I am wearing an unpadded bra to minimise my bust where it was too small around the high bust area too. Even with the stretch in the fabric, I couldn't really move my arms.
It appears to fit Ok from the back, although I think you can probably see just how tight it is that it is actually cutting in under my arms quite painfully…
I did give this pattern another try using a different fabric – a much more stretchy knit with a 4-way stretch. But although there was a lot more stretch in the fabric and I could move my arms around a little, the fit was just the same and I won't even waste time and space by posting the photos of the second attempt.
So would I recommend Lekala patterns? Hmm, not sure. Obviously one failure does not mean the concept doesn't work and it would be great to look through some of those wonderful designs and think that I could have a pattern that is automatically graded if my bust, waist and hips don't fit in the usual one size range. It would certainly mean a lot less alterations would be needed during the sewing process, and you may never need to make a muslin again – just sew, fit and finish.
But it is of some concern that none of the patterns have any comments, star ratings or finished projects posted by the Craftsy members.
If you have some knit fabric and fancy this pattern, it is free to download, so why not get your own personalised pattern and see how you get on. There are some really great looking designs to choose from and at only $2.49 a pattern, its very reasonably priced.
If you have ever used a Lekala pattern – how did you get on?
Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy