So, I am super excited about the first pattern testing session that I have gotten to participate in! I had the opportunity to test the Leschi from Straight Stitch Designs. I love it! When I first saw the original picture from Kimberly, I knew I needed one. I have recently decided, through my slow fashion planning, that shirt tail hems look better on me than straight hems. Also, I have a deep love for leggings and am always looking for shirts that allow me to wear leggings as pants. To top it off, I also think that v-neck tops are way more flattering on me than crew neck.
So, this is the perfect pattern! I have never participated in the testing process before, so I was sort of in awe at how good the other testers were and how good theirs looked on the first go around. I still am working on what my “regular modifications” are, so anyone that can just tell from a picture what they need to modify to make it fit the better is akin to a super hero in my book.
This pattern has a deep v-neck, it fits tunic length, and it has a fabulous shirt tail hem that is longer in the back and shows off your legs! It also has super comfortable sleeves and tons of potentials for modifications. I have already used the hem for mashing up with other patterns.
The vision I had when I saw Kimberly’s was for this green shimmery, mermaid fabric I bought on a whim from Jo-Anns. I used the “wrong” side of the fabric because the shimmer was a little too intense for daily wear. This fabric was HORRIBLE to sew. It frays, it moves around, and it is pretty itchy. I serged all the edges before I started and I did French hems on the sides. I do love the finished product, but I will never sew with this fabric again!
I also invisioned it with my leather leggings and over the knee boots. Which I totally love!
Here is more of this look:
Then I realized that if I had one in black rayon challis, I would literally wear it EVERYDAY. This fabric is so soft! However, it is also a cautionary tale. I accidentally forgot the stay stitching on this one, and the neckline is definetly a lot longer than the others, so I would recommend not skipping that step, because it definetly makes the finished product much cleaner. I would also recommend using some tricot interfacing for the collar and possibly lots of starch. I did not do either of these things, but I intend to the next time.
Finally, several of the other testers used flannel, and they just looked so comfy cosy, I knew I needed one. That is one of the things I love about my Bryant Dolman Tee from Straight Stitch Designs, how comfortable it is. I always say it is like wearing a hug, and this flannel shirt is too!!! The flannel sewed up so much better, however, it doesn’t drape as well as the others. (Or at all really.)
The only thing that I don’t like about this one, is because it doesn’t drape as well and the pattern is designed to be boxy, it is not particularly flattering from the side, as my waist gets a little lost. I might try to size down the next time and do a fba. But this shirt is perfect for drinking coffee by the fire all winter long!
The Leschi was a super fast make, it took about 1.5 hours from cutting out to finishing. I love the gath in the back! This pattern has so much potential, I will definetly make some in thinner fabric for the spring, and am also invisioning a swim suit cover-up. I really do love this pattern. The Leschi is available now, and is currently on sale for 20% off, so go get yours now!