Dark Lolita – Lekala 4552

Dark Lolita – Lekala 4552

I love Peter Pan collars and I love princess seams. And knits. And those together? Hmm, sounds delicious!

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This Lekala 4552 dress seemed to be perfect – but the weather is too hot for sleeves, so I decided I’ll leave them out. (Although I did cut the fabric pieces for the sleeeves and tried it on one side, it looked too Matrix-Trinity and I still struggle with sleeves… when they compound of 2 pieces. They looked too backward and I was lazy to niggling with it, so OFF YOU GO, you bastard sleeves! And voilรก, a sleeveless dress!

I was in a quite bad mood when I went for buying fabric, I had a serious argue with someone from my family, and I felt so low – originally I wanted to buy dark navy puplin for my hubby’s shirt (first man shirt, still untouched fabric), and who am I, to buy only 1,5 m fabric to my beloved one? And I was looking for the perfect fabric for a while, but no luck. I only found not-pretty jerseys and they were expensive and then…. I found this black, latex-like, badass fabric. Why not? It stretches, I’ll take it! Even if it was made for cosplayers!

I think there is nothing much to tell about it. I carefully documented the process on IG, here.

It has princess seams, I used zig-zag stitches to let the fabric stretch. Then I had the body part – I used bias binding on the armhole (I cut strips of fabric, sewed them to the right side of the fabric and folded them to inside and stitched again).

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Bias binding on armhole

Then came the horrible brainstorming, which one of my magnificent lingerie lace should I use for the collar? Originally I was thinking about white lace – it would push the limits, would be extraordinary but maybe too DIY? I love black dresses with white collars, like these:

 

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And then I sticked to a grey+black lace, this:

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For the upper collar piece I used the lace and for the other piece the jersey fabric. I attached bias binding to the inside of the collar piece and neckline. And here came the trouble: the neck wasn’t that sretchy anymore – my head barely fits in! At least fits. Zipper would look pretty strange on the stretch fabric on the back, so, I don’t know how should I have done it. Any tips? Bigger neckline maybe?

I also made the whole dress more fitted, it was quite loose on me – maybe Lekala is not the strongest when it comes to stretchy patterns. It was loose around the bust and waist, too.

 

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The collar turned out a little big, and one side laps the other.

 

Final thoughts about Lekala 4552?

This dress is definitely has a killer look but I’m not too satisfied with its fit. And I’ll never leave the house alone in this dress, that’s for sure, haha!

 

 

 

 

 



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