Lekala 4531 – silk dress sewing

Lekala 4531 – silk dress sewing

Hey! If you haven’t dreamt about sewing a pure silk dress, check this video I made about the amazing movement (of the fabric, haha!) and flow what this unique fabric has!   If you’ve been following my sewing adventures, by now you sure know that […]

Sewing longline bra – altering bra seamlines

Sewing longline bra – altering bra seamlines

Hey You! Today I’ll show you how to change the seamlines in your bra if you are up to be a bra designer! It’s really easy and rewarding. And I’ll also show you how to make a longline bra from a regular bra pattern. Recently […]

Lekala three-seam skirt

Lekala three-seam skirt

A quick post for also today – I made another Lekala, this time a free skirt sewing pattern, the Lekala three seam skirt!

It’s a very simple skirt pattern with two darts on the front and 4 in the back (1+2 if we look at one side).

I made it two-three weeks ago, but I had no time to take photos about it, and sorry, but the photos taken are pretty bad – I wanted to manage it alone then the battery went dead… sigh.

I used a stretchy lace fabric – reminds me of guipure but a cheaper version and I completely underlined the skirt with ecru lining which gives an opalescent look to the outfit. I cut the lining shorter than the fabric itself because I wanted to give the scalloped egde some depth. I have a tiny problem with the waistband – which is not visible on the photos – it is gaping on the back! I have to hide it under a blouse.. which is being made – another Lekala blouse using ecru poplin fabric (I hope I’ll finish it soon).

It is an easy, quick project and if you haven’t tried Lekala patterns, you should try them! This one is for free! 


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Polka dot bikini sewing

Polka dot bikini sewing

Hey All, Hot summer is here and I can’t wait to go on holiday which happens to be next weekend and plus 3 days! Yay! We’re going to my godparents’ house at the lake Balaton (the biggest lake in Hungary – it’s our “sea” as […]

Budapest high waist panty sewing pattern review – the first projects have arrived!

Budapest high waist panty sewing pattern review – the first projects have arrived!

Hi, The testers of the Budapest high waist panty sewing pattern were really kind and excited to try these undies! So let me show you their versions of the panty and some reviews attached by them: the first lovely pair of Budapest high waist panty […]

Lekala 4357 – a gingham dress for my birthday

Lekala 4357 – a gingham dress for my birthday

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We made the bike trip from Prague to Dresden, it was extremely beautiful 210 km riding through 5 days (3 days spent with actual bike riding – you can imagine that we were exhausted after 80 kms!!). The river Elba and Moldva are beautiful, and as I saw this Northern part of the Czech Republic and a small piece of Germany, I thought the Czech Republic is a better, you know, updated version of my country, Hungary.

Prague is smaller than Budapest, but we saw more tourists and well, they have an utterly beautiful main square, where all the buildings are renovated! And this renovation process is true to the whole city, here in Budapest you senses that lots of old buildings from the 19th century are need to be renovated, but you know… we are kinda always in the middle, between North and East – always between fires. We have to aggree with the EU but in the meantime Russia and the East Region is pushing the country as well and you can’t go away to anywhere. And we thought: well, in the Czech Republic not so much money is stolen by the government. (Right now in my country the governement steals so many things, so much money in front of the public that everybody is desperated.)

 

Enough from politics!

I fell in love with Lekala sewing patterns, I do. I still adore, admire and I’m grateful for this company. I have never felt that a pattern company could be such a good friend to my body!

After getting to know myself about the shirts, I thought I would make a shirt dress, a cute one with a nice silhouette.

I chose for this project Lekala 4357, but I’m not that brave yet to make and experiment with color blocking, so I sticked with a plainer plan. I luckily bought gingham rayon fabric with 50% discount and I thought it would be perfect for a summer dress like Lekala 4357. Gingham is all about the 50s, am I right? Marilyn Monroe, my favourite diva of all time wore cute gingham jeans as I recall. Yepp, here it is:

 

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So gingham it is!

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What can I say about the Lekala 4357 sewing project?

It has princess seams, a cute shirt-upper part with standing neck and collar, two buttons and a yoke on the back. It is fitted, have a tie band. It was an easy sewing project, with no rush, when I felt the mojo I sat down and working on it.

What I need to note that at all the seams I could I used French seams. I love French seams. I learnt from my mistake with the previous dress and I’ll never, ever use zigzag on the Seam Allowances because French seams are cleaner, safer way to finish your seams. I just ironed very thorough the seams to make them falt and it worked like a charm.

At my right arm hole I accidentally cut the binding NOT on the bias and it gapes a little. On the left I cut it on the bias and it is much more better looking.

I hemmed the skirt part by hand, it took me 1,5 hour or so but it was worth it – I think with my machine I’ll never be able to make nice draping garments if I hem them by machine. But hand hemming gives a really good looking.

And this dress was completed just before my birthday (I turned 26 yesterday, on the 29th of May), so it is a birthday gift for myself. My birthday was really good, we travelled to my parents where my sister and her family came too, she has a newborn, a 2 months old baby and a 3 year old girl, so it was calm and peaceful and full of love 🙂

OH and another thing: back in Dresden I got an e-mail that I won a Lekala Gift Certificate for 5 sewing patterns, I won the 1st prize with my previous dress at the contest :)) I was so surprised and happy and instantly chose my 5 free sewing pattern from Lekala. So, more Lekala to come!!!

 

 

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‘Budapest’ FREE high waist panty sewing pattern XS-XXL

‘Budapest’ FREE high waist panty sewing pattern XS-XXL

Hi All, I was thinking about giving something back to the sewing blogsphere – because I learnt so much from you, I learnt the most from bloggers, tutorials, little videos and you gave me so much inspiration I can’t tell! So here is my little […]

White lace longline bra sewing – pure magic!

White lace longline bra sewing – pure magic!

Hey All, Hope you’re having a great time, we have a 3 days long weekend because of national holiday and next week we’re off to ride bike from Prague to Dresden (we’re traveling with train to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic and then […]

Lekala 4365 – turquoise rayon dress with pleats

Lekala 4365 – turquoise rayon dress with pleats

The story of me and my new dress is… you, know, complicated. I instantly fell in love with Lekala 4365 pattern when I saw another member’s creation, THIS one. I mean, not the neon green color but the fit! The fit is amazing, it’s so on spot, and I wanted to make a fitted, beautiful garment for myself as well.

Previously I bought rayon/viscose flokon (flokon is in Hunagrian, I really don’t know how others call it – flokon means the softest woven type), around 2 meters and I wanted to make a maxi dress from it. Flokon drapes amazingly, it’s so bland, like a huge pile of feathers. I loved it!

But I was afraid it’s not gonna be enough, so instead I went for Lekala 4365.

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Lekala 4365 is a basic dress, with zipper on the back, and two pleats on the front, wrap-style.

The instructions are… not the best, okay? Basically it says just fold over the front (to create a 1,5 cm facing?!) and that’s it. No fusible interfacing, no facing, nothing! I knew this would not work, so I put fusible interfacing on the neckline, on the zipper, too.

I haven’t modified anything on the pattern, but I asked for reduced back measurement. It has a little gaping on the top of the back, anyways the fit is really good!

It wasn’t easy to match the front left and right sides together, because it’s hard to tell the middle point on the chest, but I managed to find it.

Anyway, it’s not a hard project, I liked it, and when I LOVED it was the time when I tried it on!

I handbasted the hem, although I don’t like it, it’s too visible, the little dots… And I made a mistake on the hem, it is not even, but this diagonal line harmonizes with the pleats’ line, so, I don’t mind. This was my first time to make a sleeveless dress and I screwed up the armhole. And I screwed up the neckline facing too! I faced the shoulder parts and the front parts seperately, so when they meet above my breasts, it has these tiny threads…

Okay, I finished it last weekend (at the end of April). I was satisfied with it and this weekend we were going for a party and to the museum – to the Hungarian Natural History Museum. This time there is the exhibiton of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year – it was amazing! And two Hungarian photgraphers were also nominated, these are the two photos of their work:

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Amazing, right?

And this one, too, which was taken near the lake Balaton:

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So I’m really proud of my Hungarian fellas! 🙂

Back to the dress.. we were preparing on Saturday and I forgot that my dress still has stains, chalk marks and stuff! NOOO! I instantly put it in the washing machine, on hand wash then I just turned it off, tried to make it quicker… and when I took it out, there were the marks!

Then it rained and we decided to go to the museum on Sunday. Okay, no rush, I put it again to the washing machine but I accidentally changed the program to normal wash! :((((( I’m so stupid. This kind of rayon can’t be centrifuging, and when it was done it was a HAIRY MONSTER! Frays everywhere! (yes, I forgot to use French seams, I just zigzagged some seam allowances and it was a total failure.)

I guess Coco Chanel invented her famous jacket this way, she accidentally washed something which frayed like hell! LOL 🙂

So on Sunday morning I went to the sewing machine and tried to fix it. Oh, did I tell that the washing machine ripped one of my seams?! How dare! So in the end, my lovely dress was a little… silly. Like someone who has a hungover.

But I put it one and wore it with grace.

Sorry for these photos, I hate posing for photos in public….

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Black lace bra with power bar!

Black lace bra with power bar!

Finally I managed to make a bra with power bar, particulary a black lace bra with power bar. Sofía’s tutorial helped me so much and gave the main inspiration: I wanted to make something similar to this Calvin Klein bra she posted about: Look how […]