Happy new month beautiful people! Can you believe the year is almost over, however there is a whole 29 days left. Make the most of it, enjoy everyday and spend quality time with your loved ones. Today is an exciting day for me as I’m attending a Womenswear Pattern Cutting course at the London College of Fashion for the next three weeks, I couldn’t be more thrilled. Will definitely keep you posted.

Pattern Description: Fitted dress has front band and button fly, front princess seams that release into pleats.

Pattern sizing: I cut out a size 12.

Did it look like the photo once you were done with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes pretty much until the button fly. It was confusing for me, maybe because it was my first time sewing a shirt kind of bodice. I ended up putting buttons on top of the band, yeah.

What did you particularly like about the pattern? I love the simplicity of the design.

Fabric used: 100% cotton wax print.

Pattern alterations or any designs you made? Made view B which suggests a detachable collar, but I opted to sew collar to the garment.

Would you sew it again? Most definitely.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I think so.

 

Thanks for stopping by…

xo, L

Hi Guys! How are you? Can you believe its October? It’s officially Autumn, and I’m pretty much loving it at the moment. The weather is not so warm and not cold either. I would say it’s at the stage where you don’t have to bring out the coats and jackets yet, a blazer is completely fine at least in London.

On to today’s  post. So basically when McCall came out with their fall patterns, I had to get the McCalls – 7802. I loved all the variations. In my mind I imagined making view C in a brown polka dot or an animal print, unfortunately I could not find these fabrics anywhere. And considering I committed to taking part in a sew along for September with @PrettyGirlsSew, I had to a make choice asap. In the end I went with this brown crepe abstract print, it has some weight to it. Honestly the camera did not pick up this print so well, its so beautiful in person.

Alterations:

-View C, cut the full length skirt but decided to take 5 inches off to achieve a midi length. Took in 2 inches from the knee downward.

I think pairing midi skirts and dresses with boots in Autumn/Winter is so flattering. I can not wait to make the other views for spring and summer.

What do have planned for the last quarter of year? Start where you are. Start with what you have. Wishing you a good start in the week. Xo, Lekeleli.

Hi guys!! How have you been? Hope your summer has been great and that you enjoyed spending time with your loved ones. I feel like I have been away for an entire season, lol but seriously though sometimes its good to take a break. I am writing with blog post on a Sunday afternoon cuddled up in comfy lounge wear, it is pouring outside the entire day. Over the past few weeks, I have been sewing up some things, this off the shoulder top is self drafted. Combined with this high waist Zara vintage jeans, it gave me seventies vibes and clearly I was feeling myself haha. Are wide leg jeans/ trousers the new skinny jeans?

Have a blessed week. X, Lekeleli

Hi guys! Hope you are all doing well. Apologies I haven’t been able to shoot and post outfits on here, as London has been rainy and grey, hopefully will that done over the weekend. Today Iam sharing how to draft a skirt pattern. This is basically the foundation, from this you can branch out to make different designs.

You will need:

-Fabric

-Scissors

-Chalk or fabric marker

-Tape measure

-Pins  or washers

-Matching Zip and thread

-Zip foot

-Ruler

-Fusible interfacing

And of course your sewing machine and steam iron.

Note: I am working in inches

Measurements: Waist and hip measurement + waist to hip, hip to hem

Always fold your fabric right sides facing and draft on the wrong side of the fabric.

Front part:

Fold fabric in half, smoothening any wrinkles to ensure the fabric is flat. Mark a straight line 1 inch along the fabric as shown in the picture, this is your waist line. From the waist line, insert your hip measurement and mark a straight line along as shown. Determine your desired length of skirt and mark a straight line as well.

So waist measurement is the smallest part of your waist, to make it easy bend your upper body to the side at the point where the waist curves in is  your line. The figure you get, divide that by 4 + 1″

E.g  34/4=8.5+2. 1″ is for seam allowance, 1″ is for the dart.

Mark the waist figure from the fold.

With your tape measure at the hip line, measure the fullest part around the hips. The figure you get divide by 4 + 1″ seam allowance. Join waist to hip to hem (from the hip-line substract 1.5″ at the hem to make it tapered). Use the curve ruler if you are very curvy, as you see on the above picture. As I am not curvy I had to bring the skirt in. It didn’t fit well on the hips.

Back part:

Follow the same step as the front piece. Except!(cut along the fold to create 2 separate pieces). Add 1″ for the zip allowance. So your back piece should have 3″allowance (side seam, dart and zip allowance)

Darts; Mark  4″from the fold and half an inch on both sides. To determine the length of the dart, mark 2″ above the hip-line and join the lines as in the picture. Cut, pin darts and sew.

From here, place the zip on the back pieces and notch where you want to zip to end and sew from this point downwards, don’t forget to back stitch. Pin the two sides, check fitting and adjust! If you happy, sew the sides, add waist band(optional), attach zip and zig-zag or serg the edges. Remember, always press the seams. I added a peplum to mine.

Hope you found these steps helpful! Xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi guys! Wishing you all a wonderful wednesday. A maxi skirt is one of those pieces that  should be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. Its been on my sewing list before I even started sewing (is that actually a thing?). Its simple, fuss free and I see myself pairing it with a classic white T or shirt stacked in for the warmer months. For autumn, I will be layering to keep warm if you know me, I can not stand the cold. Honestly there’s endless ways to style a maxi skirt, experiment basically. I used the freehand cutting method for make this. Hope you all have a lovely week.

Jumper – Primark

Boots – Zara (old)

 

God bless xx