Tips to sew the Lucette pattern

Tips to sew the Lucette pattern
04/05/2020 Cami

In this post, I am sharing a few tips to help you make the perfect Lucette, from fit advice to fabric suggestions. 

Sewing level 

First of all, the pattern is for intermediate level. I would say that some details require a bit of experience like attaching the collar or gathering the sleeves. However this is not impossible for fearless beginners, especially because the instructions I provide with the pattern are very detailed and thoroughly illustrated. 

Plus, you can easily replace buttons and buttonholes by snaps if you don’t know how to do the buttonholes!

Sizes

Here is the measurements table (cm inches): 

Height: 1.65m / 5’5”

Like in all my sewing patterns, I invite you to take a step back from the ready-to-wear sizes and choose your size based on your actual measurements. This is why my sizes are called voluntarily A, B, C, etc.

And here are the finished garment measurements (cm inches): 

*Length between the shoulder neck point and hem (once sewn)

For your reference, my measurements are: bust 84cm / 33″ – waist 75cm / 29 ½“ (growing baby bump) – hips 91cm / 35 ⅞“  – 1.58m tall / 5’2”. I made all the samples in size B.

The fit

Regarding the fit, the Lucette pattern is rather loose so it won’t require a lot of fitting adjustments. There are only a few points you might want to check on the pattern before cutting your (favourite) fabric.

  • First of all, check the bust darts position in comparison to your bust and move them up or down if needed. If you move the bust darts, also revise the position of the buttons. The first button has to sit across your bust. The pattern is designed for a B-cup size, so you might want to do a full bust adjustment if your cup size is different, but check with a toile first because the fit is loose. 
  • Then, check the length of the pattern and compare it to what you want. I am saying that especially for the dress, because I know that it might feel a bit short for some of you! I design my patterns for a 1.65m / 5’5’’ height person, so this is something to bear in mind. When measuring the pattern pieces, remember that the pattern includes 1cm / 3/8’’ seam allowances and a 2cm / 3/4’’ hem. 
  • And finally, a little detail but an important one for comfort, check the width of the sleeve cuff compared to your arm circumference just above the elbow. You don’t want it too tight. Remember that 1cm / 3/8’’ seam allowances are included. 

The fabric

The pattern is for woven fabrics. Any fabric that is good for a shirt or a shirt dress would be good for the Lucette pattern. The fabric should be light to medium weight with a subtle balance of draping and structure.

Here are a few fabric suggestions: 

  • Cotton Lawn
  • Cotton Dobby (I made one of my samples in this fabric that I bought at Sew Me Sunshine) 
  • Chambray
  • Cotton poplin
  • Linen (I made the 2 other samples in linen) 
  • Cotton sateen

You could also go for some broderie anglaise fabric. However, it might be more difficult to sew because it can get bulky in some areas like the collar. 

In addition, I am not putting crêpe fabric in my recommendations: I think it will not give the sleeves the volume they deserve. But if you go for this kind of fabric, it will work and will have more drape. 

Let me know if you have any questions regarding the Lucette pattern, I will be happy to help and complete this post!