The Leschi Blouse is the newest sewing pattern by Kimberly Payne of Straight Stitch Designs, and I was lucky enough to test it! While I was given the final pattern in exchange for my feedback, the opinions I’m sharing today are my own. I used my own fabric for two test versions. Read on for my thoughts!
Kimberly describes the Leschi as polished meets casual, and I couldn’t agree more. I love that I can take this top from work to date night to weekend errands without a ton of effort. One thing that stands out to me about this sewing pattern is the silhouette. It’s so unique and very flattering on all body types!
For my final version (seen here) I used an old Christmas plaid tablecloth for fabric–seriously! I absolutely love how it turned out. Because I used a wonky kind of fabric my version did turn out to have a deeper neckline than some testers, but this will all depend on your fabric choice. Kimberly did a great post about fabric choices for the Leschi sewing pattern (there’s coupon code, too!) that you should definitely check out! It’s amazing to see how different the same sewing pattern can look when sewn with different fabrics.
Remember when I said this sewing pattern is unique? I don’t have anything like it in my pattern library! The shoulders have a slight gather at the front seam, and the v-neckline isn’t something I’ve seen in a woven pattern. My favorite part? The hemline! The curved hem makes it for me–it bring all the details together, and I love it.
For both of my test versions I sewed a straight size 14 with no adjustments. I love the relaxed fit especially because it doesn’t feel boxy or frumpy at all. The Leschi has the options for hemmed sleeves or cuffed. For this version I chose the cuffs and cut them on the bias which in theory was a good idea. However, this fabric gets stretched easily, and I forgot to stay stitch the cuff pieces got stretched out. I remedied the issue by just rolling the sleeves up and I think they look great that way!
I highly recommend this pattern. As you know, I’m a knit fabric girl, but this pattern is so well written and looks great that I just might work with more wovens yet! There’s still time to get the Leschi Blouse sewing pattern on sale here.
Thanks again to Kimberly for having me, and thank YOU for reading!