I love all things Russian. And I love all things custom. And I love the idea of sewing patterns that are inexpensive and customized to me. Who wouldn’t like that?
So when I read on Artisan Square about Lekala, I was intrigued. They are a Russian company that offers a dizzying array of patterns (especially of dresses) for sale, each for between $2 and 3. What makes them unusual is that instead of selling multi-size patterns, they customize each order according to your measurements. That way, ideally, you have fewer adjustments to make.
Even better, they offer a package of fifteen customized patterns for free. The bundle includes a knit top, a blouse, two dresses, and a whole bunch of skirts. I went ahead and ordered it last night . . . greatly increasing my current pattern stash. Within an hour, I had received printable PDFs of all fifteen patterns.
Apparently, the non-Russian version of the site–which I linked above–offers a smaller range of customization than the Russian version. The latter site, which is much less fancy looking but also in English, allows you to place a “string order” which includes a massive number of customizations, including high and low waistedness and the “distance between the protruding points of the breast.”
If I find I like the free Lekala patterns, I’ll make sure to purchase using the string order in the future. I think that having custom patterns for a few dollars a pop sounds like a fantastic time-and-headache-saver.