Ilga Leja


California Dreamin'

"Reflecting the colour of California poppies, this summer top makes for a dreamy piece. Worked in a net-like stitch pattern, accented with rows of decorative Grand Eyelet Lace, it can be worn at the beach or to an evening party," says Leja. It's a remarkable piece, fascinating and fun to work (you purl 4 together once in a while, and the shoulders are shaped with wrapped short rows, but you can do that). It's a modified drop or peasant sleeve for a more refined fit than usual. Shoulders are cast off together: always a joy. Underarm and side seams are sewn after blocking. Leja writes a magnificent pattern, the better to make a magnificent garment (summer doesn't usually have this much glamour).

Pattern Detail

  • grand eyelet lace charted
  • no schematics
  • sewing required
  • spring/summer
  • straight (flat)
  • 6 sizes, finished 32" - 48"; see data page
  • digital PDF has 8 pages (letter size)
  • intermediate
    • 4 x 4 in
    • 5.0 mm
    • US 8
    • 16.0 over pattern
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