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Design your own dress

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M0nica Sat 07-Sep-19 16:00:33

DD bought me some dress fabric. I wasn't sure quite what style I wanted and also, as like most people, I am not a standard shape any pattern we bought would need lots of alterations.

Then she found this company/site Lekala. It is a 'design your own garment to your specifications' site and is quite incredible. We went through all the pattern options chose sleeve length/style, neckline, skirt type and length etc etc. Measured me up and put in the measurements.

Within minutes, the pattern came through (23 pages of A4). DD stuck it together, cut the pieces out and made the dress. The dress isn't quite complete, so no photos, but the fit is impecable and, as DD said, I am not going to meet anyone else wearing the same dress!

So if any of you are dressmakers, this site is really worth looking it. The pattern is priced in swiss francs but at current exchange rates the patterns cost well below £5.

This post is not a spam post. My name pops up enough on GN for most to know it. It is just I was so taken by this site, that I thought I would pass the details on to any dressmakers on GN.

PamelaJ1 Sat 07-Sep-19 16:28:17

Is this the site MOnica?
Funny I’ve just been into the charity shop and bought a brand new skirt pattern. Don’t have a clue when I think I will be able to make one but now I can look for fabric. I seem to be a standard size but will look at your site.

PamelaJ1 Sat 07-Sep-19 16:33:06

The prices seem to be in US$

M0nica Sat 07-Sep-19 17:01:47

I bought mine when on holiday in France,perhaps the currency used is different in the euro zone. grin

GagaJo Sat 07-Sep-19 17:10:01

Oooooo exciting!!!! I love sewing and can never find stuff I like in the shops.

whywhywhy Sun 08-Sep-19 16:17:40

I've never made anything in sewing but I bought a pattern for a straight forward top. I'll have a go.

M0nica Sun 08-Sep-19 16:21:55

Yes, DD was like that a few years ago. But after the Raina Plaze fire, she decided to try making her own clothes, now she has found this site she is away as the patterns are sized round her shape and she doesn't have to buy patterns and then make adjustments to match ehr shape.

Bathsheba Sun 08-Sep-19 16:28:08

It looks good, I wouldn't mind trying the site. But..... the first pattern I looked at was a knit top with a shawl collar; the information at the top says: "Fabrics: knit" then "Is stretchy: no". I don't know of any knit fabrics that aren't stretchy! Some are more stretchy than others, but all are stretchy hmm

M0nica Sun 08-Sep-19 18:29:06

Bathseheba Yes, that is an anomaly, but the main reason I recommended this site is for its capacity for you to design your own garment, and have the pattern adjusted for your exact size.

DD and I were able to decide all the features of my dress from skirt length to sleeve shape and length and neck design. We were able to put in my precise measurements and get a pattern that precisely fitted me.

As you identified, they do have some ready designs you can buy and but if you give them the details thay will print out pattern pieces adjusted to your precise shape.

Thinking about it, stretchy/not stretchy probably means fabric designed to stretch, like lycra, compared with standard jersey fabrics that have a certain amount of give, but handle like stable fabrics when sewing with them.

Bathsheba Sun 08-Sep-19 20:13:46

M0nica I think it's a small point. On the whole the site seems an amazing idea, and perfect for people who have body measurements that are way off the standard scale. Women who have to do a full bust adjustment every single time they make themselves a top, because their bust measurement is a double G for example, would love this idea - it does all the work for you!

I don't really know what you mean by 'standard jersey'. I sew a lot with cotton lycra, usually 95/5, and it is very stretchy, usually in all directions. Even 100% cotton jersey, with no lycra, has a good deal of stretch in it. So, no, I think they've got that bit wrong - rather misleading if you ask me.

M0nica Sun 08-Sep-19 20:23:22

It is a small point. My problem is I do not have a waist. My ribs end only inches above my hip bone. I also have a narrow back and small bust.

The pattern we got back to my measurements was spot on. I went for a slightly raised waist and the bodice. which was princess line fits perfectly. The dress still lacks a zip but DD bought one today and I will collect the finished dress when I see her at the end of the month.

Reading all the clothes threads on GN at present at the moment, this is the year of the patterned dress, which has left me feeling very smug because this project started over a year ago but stalled because I could not find the right pattern. Now with this site I have exactly the dress I want in the fabric I chose.

GracesGranMK3 Sun 08-Sep-19 20:25:29

That's a very good price for a pattern M0nica and amazing for one made just for you. I belong to a pattern exchange group on Facebook which helps keep costs down although some of them are quite dated. There are a lot of independent pattern designers around now too.