Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sewing for my mothers - Butterick 6457 for my mom and Lekala 4177+5155 for my mother in law

My mother in law is one one my of bigger supporter when it comes to sewing. I love her for that. She also has a really hard time finding clothes that fit her. She is tall with really long legs and broad shoulders. It is one of my personal goals to try and make an outfit for her each year for her birthday that is in early June. I started this around that time but I only finished it last night. I thought that if I use the custom fit Lekala it will be a walk in the park... I picked up 4177 that I already made it successful for myself a few times:
 And a new one 5155 pants that were supposed to be quite fitted and high waist....

After cutting the pieces and started to put them together I really didn't thought I can save anything from it. The pants are absolutely huge I have no idea what happens I never got so far off with Lekala before.. and the to seemed to short. I didn't even what to mention the project for a while to my mother in law. Then about 2 weeks ago when I had a bit more free time I thought that maybe I can save something out of it and got them with me when we met and had her try it on.
   Luckily the top was not that short and after using the smallest possible seam allowance at the shoulder and waist I got  a decent top out of it.
   The pants on the other hand were really off. They were so large that she could easily fit in them without any zipper. were way to long on either side so I took  quite a few centimeters out of the waist and then put and elastic waistband there. Then shortened a few times down to finally get them to a point where my mother in law felt comfortable walking in them without tripping.
    This was supposed to be a test drive for the pattern with an option to make a new set if all went well. I think I saved it quite nicely in a jumpsuit look. But the pants pattern is long gone; trashed right away. The top might worth a 2nd version but I am not really all that impressed with this one.
 And since I worked on my mother in law outfit and my mom was helping me get away to sew it I thought it would be a nice time to make something for her as well.
She really liked my last cold shoulder tunic and I thought it might be a good fit for her too. I had to show her half my stash before she picked her fabric. None of my recent purchases worked for her and in the end she choose one quite difficult fabric I had my my stash for more then 3 years and was going nowhere with me. So I was quite happy to have it gone. I was a border print chiffon fabric and I think it looks quite nice on her. I had cut my Butterick 6457 directly on size 6 for me so I had to add some extra width for her by myself. I am not sure if I done it right.  My size 6 was fitting her decently but the arms were to tight so I had to do the changes.
I added quite some extra length in my mom's top as well. I think this one definitely benefits from it and I adjusted the gathers to cover more on the back then intended.
I think they both were happy with their new garments or if they weren't they didn't dare say it :).


  1. Of course they would be happy...they look great!

    1. Thank you so much! I love sewing for my family! Though it is always a lot more difficult then for myself.

  2. This is so cute. Your models are adorable and they look wonderful in their new clothes.

  3. Nice job. Really love the fabric for your mom's top.