One of my fashion icons is (former) Princess Diana. She always wore the classics with distinction and appropriateness. This outfit is my attempt to dress in her style. This white textured cropped Chanel-type jacket has been in my closet for a year unworn and it (finally) works over this silk-cotton voile shirt. The belt does add a nice touch.
The blouse is what I actually sewed. In searching for patterns for the wonderful JCrew cotton silk voile I have been overstocking lately, I came across this pattern from Lekala.
For those unfamiliar, Lekala is an online pattern company that offers downloadable patterns to your exact measurements. Things fit when you cut them out without making a muslin. This is the second Lekala I have made. The first, well, it didn’t go too well. The main issue I have is that the directions are severely lacking! My guess is that is a translation issue – Lekala is a Russian company. A beginning sewist would have a lot of problems. This is Lekala 5572 .
The drawing for the shirt did not match the downloaded pattern. The drawing shows the shirt having some female shaping at the sides. The actual pattern curved in for the waist, but never curved back out for the hips. So I added hips.
Here you see the outfit without the belt – the shirt is sprawling!
Here it is without the jacket. Arghhh! I look much larger than I am! I guess I got carried away with the hip addition.
Belting it does help, but I am not a fan of belts and probably won’t wear this with one.
Anyway, I did make other changes to the pattern – lengthened the sleeves and the bodice, and narrowed the shoulder seams at the arm join.
There was a lot of hand sewing for the facings at the neckline and the wrists. There are no buttons at the sleeve, just cuffed at the bottom. The length needs to be spot on to look normal.
This blouse has beautiful french seams that I am seriously contemplating ditching in order to serge some off the sides into a more appealing shirt.
Has anyone ever done that? How did it go? Are you glad you did?
I’d love to hear!
Happy Creating everyone!