Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Worth saving??

Since I already had this top cut out I decided to go ahead and make it, since I still need a few things before I can start on my Myrtlewood dress.  The pattern is available free from SewingPatterns.com.  It is a Lekala pattern, which is a Russian company that offers patterns drafted to your measurements that you can then print out.  There is an online version as well as CDs that you can purchase for your own computer.  It is an interesting concept, and I wanted to try it out, so it was nice that it was free.  This particular pattern is NOT custom sized.  It comes as a S/M/L, but without any accompanying measurements, so you are on your own to figure out the size you need.  I flat pattern measured, and discovered that the large had a 32 1/2 inch bust and a 31 inch waist.  So, she's square??  And since when is 32 1/2 inches large??  Anyway, that is the size I started with.  I added as much of an FBA as I could without distorting the lines of the pattern.  I rotated my dart into the cowl neckline and then just went for it.

Can you tell from the look on my face that I am underwhelmed with this top?  I haven't hemmed it or added the chain to the neckline - that's what the little tabs are for, and what I thought was cool about this design.

I'm not sure, but I think it might actually be worse from the side, because you can see how the "cowl" sticks out.  Not to mention that there are drag lines EVERYWHERE - across the bust, across the belly, down the back, up the sleeves - seriously, does nothing on this top fit me???
I may not be completely unbiased about this, though.  This thing has been painful from the beginning.  The pattern isn't drafted well.  I'm not sure if there are seam allowances.  The sleeves had too much ease - in a knit top for heaven's sake!  I'm not even going to go into the total lack of information in the instructions.  Poorly translated and sparse at best.  Confusing and contradictory at worst.
I think that I will put it aside for a bit, and come back to it later.  Then maybe I'll be ready to deal with the fact that I think it is too short and will need a band at the hem to lengthen it.

9 comments:

  1. I have checked the winners of PatternReview's best patterns of 2009. Your picture is with the winner!!!!!!
    Good luck figuring out what to do with this top!

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  2. Too bad. Sniff. Just trash talk to it and put it behind you!

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  3. My dear, you look good in anything!!! If I had a top that looked that good on me I'd be jumping for joy!! I would finish it. It might just become a favorite.

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  4. I'm going to have to say that I've never heard anything good about Lekala patterns and you seem to have confirmed it. I agree with Julia that this isn't horrible, but you've got better patterns already. My rule is "if you're not happy with it, dump it". I'll be curious to see if you do go back to it and what you think later, though.

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  5. Hmmm. Could you do something with the neck that would make it more avant-garde than wonky? Like a button loop to pull the cowl up and anchor it to a button that's at your collar bone? That might also straighten out the pull lines.

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  6. I agree with Julia...I think it looks good on you.

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  7. I really don't think it looks bad on you, but I totally understand feeling frustrated with a project that has caused you so much grief. I agree, set it aside and if you come back to it, great and if not, that's okay, too.

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  8. I think the top looks good on you, but if you don't love it you won't wear it, so dump it!

    Since it was the chain detail that attracted you, do you think you could draft that onto a draped cowl shirt that you like better?

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  9. That opening at the neck needs to be filled in with jewelry. May I suggest a 14-Karat Tanzanite on a platinum serpentine chain? That is why you married a Doctor, Doctor.(!)

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