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The Cold Shoulder – Lekala 5669

I was browsing through the Lekala website a couple of weeks ago and stumbled across this little on-trend beauty!  Lekala 5669…..

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I just fell for it straight away – the cold shoulder detail was bang on trend but subtle enough for a someone approaching middle age to wear – not that I feel it.

So it was downloaded and stuck it together before you could say boo to a goose.  Then came the hard bit.

I have quite a few jersey’s in my stash.  32 to be exact if I check my Cora App!!!  And true to form I fancied making a muslin of this pattern.  Mainly because it looks a bit confusing how it’s put together, not because of the fit – when I’m sewing with jersey and using Lekala I generally find the fit to be spot on.

So I had a rummage through the app on my phone and decided upon this very stretchy see through mesh fabric.

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I had bought 5 panels, each being 1.2m, for less than £6 inc P&P from an ebay seller last year.  So I thought i could make the top, and if it worked out all well and good, and if id didn’t I had loads of this fabric so it wouldn’t matter.

I gave a little thought to the pattern placement, but not much.  Just to mention, you can see below the seam allowances.  I bought this pattern without SA (you have the option of them being added for about 50p).  As I intended to sew this up on the overlocker I thought I would need different allowances on the neck, side seams and hem so opted to add my own.  And I traced too.

Traced a single sized PDF?” I hear you cry.  Errm yes, I just can’t help it – sorry!

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So this was a speedy make – it came together without any major hiccups, except I didn’t add the notches to the cold shoulder armsceye so added the shoulder too high.  I’d sewn it on with a chain stitch so it was easily unpicked and rectified.

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I’ll write another post later of how I hacked it into a dress, and also a few construction pics in case you’re thinking of making this – it might help visualise things as it is a little unusual.

But I’m too excited to do it now – I just want to show you my dress!!

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I look pleased to be wearing it too don’t I!?  I don’t think I could do a cheesier grin if I tried!

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Remember I said I didn’t give a lot of thought to the pattern placement.  Well, looking at the photo above I’m kinda regretted that now!

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I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out!  Can you see how it’s see-through at the top, but for the skirt I cut 3 layers of fabric and pattern matched them all to reduce the opacity and save any embarrassment – I didn’t want my silhouette illuminated with the disco lights!!

Here’s a close up of the 3 layers of the skirt.  I spaced them equally apart – this doesn’t quite show the pattern matching – I was leaning forward to take the photo, but it does match up, honest!

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The highlight of the evening wasn’t my dress unfortunately.  It was the tribute act – George Michael – sorry not sure of his real name!  But he was soooo much like him – the moves and the voice and the mannerisms!  Everything!

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So there we go.  Would I recommend it?  I sure would!!

And not just in the mesh, I imagine it would look fab in all sorts of stretchy fabric.  The mesh was really easy to sew with – I sewed all the seams up using the rolled hem on my overlocker.  I even used the rolled hem stitch to add the binding to the neckline which worked a treat.  I’ll share all the photos once #sewdowndewsbury is over, it’s kinda taken over my life at the minute so it’s good to talk about something else!

Talking of sewdowndewsbury, when i was in lucky fashions the other day I showed Sanjit this dress and she proceeded to unearth loads of different mesh fabric!  So if you’re heading there tomorrow and fancy making a stretch mesh colour shoulder number you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Happy sewing guys, and if you’re going tomorrow – only 1 more sleep and I’ll see you soon!!  Now best get back to finishing off my name badge!

Thimbers x

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32 Comments

  1. Looks fab on you, love the fabric choice. Have fun tomorrow, gutted I can’t be there but have a lot on at the moment. Nee x

  2. Saw this on your IG & couldn’t see all the detail, so am delighted to read your post. Looks fab, m’lady! Know everyone will have a grand time Saturday. 💋 Mwah to all!

      • If I only had the dosh, Dear One, I’d be over in a hot minute. Cannot wait to start reading everyone’s #DownDewsbury ‘ventures. Hope you have the rest of the weekend off to get caught up. And start working through any newly acquired bits & bobs. xx

  3. Very glam!
    Have a brilliant time today and I hope the weather is kind to you over there for your dashes between shops.

    • thanks! I need a bit if funky in my life! And it was even better as those who know I saw my own clothes thought I’d bought this dress 😃

  4. Read this listening to George (the real one) Big fan, so sad he’s gone😢such a great talent. So happy I manage to see home live twice😀
    Anyway back to your dress, it’s soooo fab. Love the fabric & the style. Looks great on you, perfect for a night on the dance floor.
    As for age, well it’s only a number! We should be as old as we feel….even if some days are younger than others!

    • You’re right, it’s just an she, and at the minute I’m feeling great with the healthy eating, let’s hope the feeling continues! 😃

  5. seweverythingblog says

    Fabulous job on the dress! You look great in it. You mean, that is not the real George Michael???

  6. Awesome work. And no, I can’t believe you traced a PDF – for me, the whole point of a PDF is that you can just print it again next time..!

    • I don’t like the paper when it’s stuck together and I was fairly sure this pattern was going to be a keeper, I couldn’t face sticking it together again :-0

  7. hahahaha!! Sorry I can’t believe either you traced the PDF of just your size, I hate tracing, but the dress looks so cool, I love how the print on the mesh looks as if it’s a lot of different pieces sewn together. You look utterly delighted with this dress, as you should.

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