Date: March 5, 2020
Le 5002 is an enjoyable and satisfying make with great potential to be both very stylish & very comfy.
Le 5002 is simple style but the flat, robe-like neck finish, really elevates the design above a basic tunic.
As fabric I chose this checked broadcloth. It’s really light with heaps of structure. This emphasised the collar and sleeves, but still gathered down easily into the waist tie.
The Checked Broadcloth is a cotton/poly blend, which meant that when I stuffed it in my suitcase for Bali last year, it came out looking fresh.
But! If your keen to wear a natural fibre, a mid to heavyweight cotton or linen would hang similarly.
Other Fabric Recommendations:
Linens, Chambray, Light Denim, Cotton types, Twill, Tencel, Viscose & rayon types. In a chiffon or crepe de chine it could become a very luxurious kaftan.
And some specific recommendations
- Vlisco Super Wax VLS8RE0.019
- Cosmo Linen in Jean
- Black & White Floral Challis
- Double Windsor Tencel Twill in Amber
- The only bit that is a bit tricky is getting everything to line up and sit flat on the inside of the dress where the two front neckline pieces meet. But with a bit of ironing and fiddling everything comes up nice.
- The neckline is very low and can fall open, so I used 2 press studs to hold the neckline closed over my bust. And, as you can see it worked perfectly with the cut, everything in the tunic still falls just right.
- I cut the hem right on the selvage so I have a cute edge there instead of a plain turned hem. With a simple garment like this one, details like that will go far.
- Don’t be afraid to pick a fabric with volume (like I have), this pattern has simple, clean lines that benefit from a dramatic silhouette.
- The neckline is VERY deep and fell open on me. I fixed it with two strategically placed press studs.
Skill Level Recommendation: I recommend this pattern Confident Beginners. Like I said, getting everything to line up just right (especially at the base of the neckband) can be a bit tricky.
But! Get a little help from your sewing friends and this pattern is achievable for anyone.
- fabric (Black & White Yarn Dyed Check Broadcloth)
- I also used 2 press studs, as I mentioned above, to make the neckline a little more modest.
This pattern is a relatively quick & easy sew, with a really rewarding result.
I also love that in different fabrics it has the potential to go from floaty kaftan to structured winter tunic. Nice.
You can get your dp’s Le 5002 pattern here. Be quick though! We only have a limited supply.