Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Lekala 4177: Peplum top

I've been eyeing off the peplum top currently in City Chic and this pattern was nearly identical except for the mullet hem which I think looks better than a straight hem anyway!

I've sewn lekala before so I knew I'd need to add seam allowances and that the instructions are pretty scant (think Burda magazine, lol). I still had credit on the original site but it looks like you can now buy Lekala patterns on Craftsy and on this new site and you can request they are sent with seam allowances (I forgot, D'oh!)

I used a ponte knit so didn't have to use a zipper but I did end up taking it up at the shoulders a lot, I think it was the stretch in the fabric made it sit way too low, plus the shoulders were too wide so they got narrowed as well. When you order from lekala you give them height, bust, under bust, waist and hip measurements, but no shoulder or upper bust. Next time I'll order by my upper bust measurements and do a FBA, so much easier than adjusting the shoulders and armscye.

The proportions look a bit off now, the midriff needs to be wider and the peplum longer too, its my own fault from raising it at the shoulders so much! I need to lower the neckline next time as well, looking a these pics its a bit too high.
I'm wearing it with a RTW shrug and my Juniper pants that I didn't think I'd wear much and have been living in them!


  1. I love this shape- I think I need the whole outfit! Great color on you-

  2. What a cute top! I'm loving the peplums!

  3. Lovely top - I haven't tried Lekala. Looks good on you. Loving peplums and am going to sew up the Vogue one. I like your shrug with it.

  4. Yes I prefer your hemline to the straight versions I am seeing around the shops. Another great top ready for summer.

  5. This is fantastic! Loving the colour and the mullet hemline.

  6. Awesome! I've been eying Lekala patterns, but wondering if the cheap price meant that the patterns wouldn't be up to parr! Your top looks great on you. Between this and your Tiramisu, you've convinced me to try a peplum top! THis one reminds me a lot of the pattern used in the Craftsy Plus-Size Pattern Fitting course, which I really enjoyed. http://www.craftsy.com/class/plus-size-pattern-fitting-and-design/133 SImilar, eh?

    1. I've made a couple Lekala patterns so far and they seem pretty good, the instructions aren't fantastic but the patetrsn themselves go together beautifully.
      The patterns are nearly the same, I just prefer the princess seams on this compared to the darts in the Vogue pattern :)