Yes, once again I have been afflicted with another Sewaholic condition. This one I’ve nicknamed Lonsdalitis. (Sorry feeling tired and my imagination is poor today – if you come up with a better medical term for this condition please let me know and I amend).
This is the Sewaholic Lonsdale dress – purchased from Sew Squirrel (where I get my Sewaholic & Colette Pattern – she also stocks Megan Nielsen, Jalie, By Hand London, Made by Rae and now some haberdashery I noticed! I’m trying hard not to purchase any sewing patterns for a few month as I’m saving for the April/May London trip – woo hoo!
To be honest it took me awhile to succumb to this pattern. I just didn’t think it would suit me. Clearly I’m stoopid and required a bossy personal stylist (or perhaps learn to turn a deaf ear to that nasty little lady that lives inside my head – you know the one – I think she haunts us all), as I think it does quite suit me after all.
When I saw this sweet navy/red/white voile in Spotlight it was destined to be a Lonsdale – the size of the print and the whimsical style just seemed perfect for this graceful sundress.
I did make a mistake when I purchased this… I didn’t think it was directional. I just thought it was random daisies. When I laid it out to cut it – I discovered the vast majority of the daisy stems pointed in one direction. Ooooops.
What to do? I certainly didn’t want my Lonsdale to be ‘pushing up daisies’ in the wrong direction! Well one of the blessings of being a not-so-well-endowed vertically-challenged individual means that I cut a Sewaholic size 0 so I can often fit more across the width of the fabric than the pattern layout indicates. So with a bit of wiggling and jiggling I almost squeezed it out. Almost. The straps of the bodice are enormous – very very very long, nearly a metre! I could not get four complete front bodices out of the fabric – so I simply pieced the straps and used these bodice pieces as the lining. And due to the print being ‘so busy’ its hard to find the seam. Woo hoo for Lizzy!
While I cut this dress out as size 0 I cut the skirt at a size 16 length. For me, I like the flared skirts to be longer, I think it creates a nicer silohette on my frame. I think it balances the flare of the skirt and the bare shoulders, it makes it more graceful than cute. I’m not much chop in the cute department (not that I’m at all gracious either – but its more fun to pretend to be gracious than cute). Then again I could just be a ‘grandma’ about these things. Some people have commented that I look very 70s… I’m hoping they mean era and not age. 😉 I think it would make a rather fabulous maxi in the right fabric.
I also attached some simple cotton trim to the hem…
I made no muslin (naughty Lizzy *giggle*) I figured my Cambie are a nice snug fit so this would be so too. NOT TRUE. It was a little too loose in the back and given the nature of this bodice I decided it had to be fixed. I did consider pulling it all apart – instead I cheated *giggle*. I ran two darts in the back near the strap loops, tapering down to nothing above the waistband. Worked a treat and as this is such a busy print and it has the back bow, it’s not noticeable. Plus I wanted to wear it to a Christmas party the next day.
This is a seriously easy dress to make, yes even though it is lined and has a zipper.
I put in a standard dress zipper as that’s what the pattern calls for. Next time I’m going invisible (no not like the Emperor’s New Clothes! I’m talking about the zipper!) especially if I’m using a fabric like voile or lawn (which is my favorite poison in the fabric department).
I would also cut the straps slightly longer next time, rather like Boo Dogg & Me did recently.
Speaking about zippers – my Coats & Clark pack arrived which I won on Pattern Review for this dress. I was expecting a few zippers. There is a ton! They also sent me a cute as a button thread package – AND a gorgeous tin. Awwww ain’t it cute!!! Polka dots, camo, silver, gold – it’s amazing!
Pattern Review have released their 2013 competitions – I think I might try to enter some this year – for no other reason than it provides a goal – I’m a goal orientated person!
Plus I forgot to mention that I also made an apron for my MIL for Christmas. It’s SQUEE cute. She loved it (I’m pretty sure she did anyway. She phoned up ELH to tell him she did which is a good sign, don’t you think?).
Sorry not my best photos – the sun glare was awful and I had to stand in the shade so I didn’t squint like I was 70!
Looks beautiful on you, aren’t you glad you finally succumbed and bought it. 😉 I’ve also bought that pattern but probably need to build a corset into it. One day, one day.
I am glad I bought it, it’s a perfect summer dress, nice & cool!
I got another condition, jealousities… Its fabulous and I would vote for u, go on.. enter some competitions girl.
Sewing dare accepted!
This is gorgeous on you!! That bodice fits perfectly and I really like the longer length, too! Great choice!
Thank you! I’m really pleased with it – especially considering I wasn’t so sure about it 🙂
This is such a pretty dress on you and I love the length. The fabric is really cute too! Beautiful pictures as usual- 🙂 -Laurie
The length really suits you well, and I love the way you “fixed” the loose bodice!
And of course, that zipper haul is impressive – can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with all those snazzy zips. They might come in handy for said competitions, too.
I think sometimes we over think fitting and alterations. I’ve had lots of compliments IRL about this dress (dodgy adjustments and all!)
I can see why you’d get compliments, it does look fab on you! And you’re probably right – if it works, who cares if it’s a proper fitting technique? I’ll put taking a page out of your book on my resolutions list for the new year 😀 Sadly, I’ll have to part with my sewing machine for a few weeks now … LeSigh. How will I cope?
LOL hopefully it’s a good page and helps you enjoy sewing even more!
I think my machine needs a service – I think I will send it away while I’m in London. That should solve missing it too much as I can’t sew then anyway. Travel win!
I LOVE the Lonsdale, it’s my favourite make so far. It looks really great on you, I don’t know why you were worried about it not suiting you! Not sure it’ll get much wear when you’re over here in London though, there’s not often much of the gorgeous weather you’re used to about!
I love the fact it’s so pretty but so everyday wear as well!
I’ve been thinking hard about what to sew for my London trip – ah the stress with a bloggers meet-up to dress for!!
Well, don’t be stressed, but sadly I’d not put too much hope on being able to wear a gorgeous Lonsdale in April in UK. I adore it on you and like you I thought it wouldn’t suit me either, but my main reason is that I know it wouldn’t get much use unless we move country! This is a darling make and you’ve done a beautiful job.
Ah Winnie you can wear it – you just need to knit some cardigans! LOL. I have no idea what weather to expect when I’m over in the UK. Last time I arrived at the beginning of April and it was snowing. Then I was sitting in the pub garden the day I left enjoying a sunny 24 degree day! And I’m planning to pack light… more room for fabric tourism. Your pattern pyramid is on its way – I’m sure the Queen will be driving past in the next couple of weeks.
What a fabulous condition you’re suffering with LOL. I love this dress on you and the extra length… I too prefer not to go down the track of looking cute… I think I’m a little too old for that path and much prefer the graceful look. I say you look totally very graceful in this dress 🙂
Thank you Chris! Me too, I’m getting a little old and wise for being too sweet!
Lurvely. I totally think you got the proportions perfect with the lengthening of the hem – I would have done this too. Which of course means it was the right thing to do 😉 Looking gorgeous, and nice shoes!
Great minds think alike!
And the shoes? An amazing op shop find, brand new & $6.50!
Absolutely gorgeous as per usual, I love sewaholic patterns too but the lonsdale dress just doesn’t interest me, but it looks wonderful on you 🙂
I have been enjoying spotlight’s $9 voiles at the moment too 😛
I’m thinking about popping on today and grabbing some with my $30 gift voucher!
Looks great on you! The fabric and the fit is just perfect!
I could never get the Lonsdale to fit me right but I’ve made it for my Mum and daughter numerous times and they both love it!
Thanks Suzy! Its a lovely pattern, it’s a shame it wouldn’t let you beat it into submission… I think I ‘need’ some more voile…
Oh it is gorgeous and I really love the longer length !
Thank you, I think there may be some more Lonsdales in my future!
Ooh I love this!! I bought this pattern late last summer but didn’t get around to it; I really must put it on this summer’s list!! (it’s winter here now lol)
I love the daisy print – it’s so cute without being ‘twee’ – the navy background is right up my alley! lol
You are absolutely right, the print is like daisies for grown-ups. I feel girly but not childish which is a nice compromise for a daisy print!
It’s a great summer pattern, nice and cool to wear and I love the bare shoulders but the modest coverage. It’s a nice combination.
Gorgeous! I like the longer length. It suits you so well.
Beautiful dress! I wouldn’t have thought to lengthen it, but it was the perfect choice. The fabric is a great choice too, fresh without being too cute. Can I please borrow some of your skills? I’m sitting here unpicking the side seams of my Renfrew. My muslin worked fine, but I apparently have a VERY stable knit for my fashion fabric and I’ve made a straight jacket instead of a cowl neck shirt.
Oh nos! Unpicking knits is NO FUN. I hope you sort out that strait jacket!
Wow, what a gorgeous dress! So effortlessly summery….perfect! And I love your idea of making the pattern into a maxi dress – think I’ll have to add this one to the list…
It definitely deserves it’s place on your list!
That is indeed a lovely, summery dress but dressy too. The length is just right; very graceful indeed. And I’m impressed by your making necessity the mother of invention to find a quick fix to a problem. If it works, it’s right. End of story! I’m also quite jealous of your ability to wear such lovely shoes. 🙂
I did think about pulling it apart but decided that it would probably put too much stress on the fabric – and take awya the enjoyment of the make… so I think the simple back dart were a good compromise and if the weight comes back (that dropped off after I stopped eating bread) it’s going to be an easy fix to let out!
Very summery dress! I’m loving the fabric, too. I am so summer/beach envy right now… I’ll go cut into some fleece then. 🙂
You will get plenty of beach action in Bali soon enough! 🙂
I love the dress and have been eyeing it off since I made the Minoru about 6 months ago. The only thing that I don’t like about the dress is the bow/knot in the middle of the back… I just find it uncomfortable when driving a car… do you think it would be easy enough to change that? (it’s the only reason I haven’t bought the pattern!). Either way, the dress looks amazing on you and I love the fabric choice too. I’m in WA so will head out to my local Spotlight store and see what other fabrics they have (just hate the service at that store! lol)
I think if it’s light enough fabric the knot is not too annoying. If you figured out the perfect strap length and didn’t feel the need to have the adjustable option with the strap you could perhaps just anchor them into the back of the dress, you would need to change the construction slightly but it could easily work. Much the same way the Cambie straps and be altered after the lining is attached. Just leave a gap to feed the straps through when you sew the bodice shell and lining pieces together. There was still some of this at my Spotlight a few days ago – if you want some I can purchase and send over and we can figure out payment. It’s on special for $9 a metre now!
Oh man, just what I need another case of Sewaholicitis! I am still getting over Thurlowitis and feel a bout of Cordovaitis might be looming. I have looked at the Lonsdale pattern and wondered if it would suit me and if I really need it. Your version makes it really hard to say no. It is lovely!
It’s a very comfortable dress and lovely on a hot day (oh dear I’m not helping you). I’ve got Cordova too but it’s hard to get motivated to make a jacket when it’s 30+ degrees outside!
Ahhh summer…that is the only thing stopping me making the Cordova. It is on my autumn/winter wish list though. Maybe I could show some restraint with this dress though. I have way too many dresses for regular rotation and they are starting to feel neglected. Do dresses have feelings! I am getting too emotionally involved with my sewing I think!
I cracked and got some fabric for my Watson jacket… well it was half price. In my books there is no such thing as too many dresses 🙂
I love this dress and love the longer length and how you trimmed with the cotton lace. Hmmm…I think I need to make this this year. Thanks for the inspiration!
Thank you! I”m so glad I took a leap of faith and made this one, I think I ‘need’ at least one more in my wardrobe – great pattern!
Omg I think this is the nicest Lonsdale I have seen so far! I def wasn’t as taken with the Lonsdale as much as I was with the Cambie from the very beginning but your dress is just wow! I especially love the longer maxi style length. ONCE AGAIN Lizzy you have made me change my mind about a pattern – you’re like a dog whisperer for sewists!!
Your comment made me laugh out loud – if only I was so good with my crazy whippet! I ‘really’ like this pattern. It’s simple enough to put together but looks fabulous.
That little dress does remind me of the ’70’s, but looks totally hip in that fresh fabric. I love mixing vintage vibe with up to date. It’s really flattering. How nice to wear a sundress to a Christmas party, I’m having beach envy again.
I am such a mean blogger aren’t I? Should I be banned from all northern hemisphere readers during your winter? At least I can bring a bit of virtual sunshine into your lives!
LOL, don’t you dare ban us…that virtual sunshine makes my day 🙂
Lovely dress. I like the longer length on you
Thank you – me too!
This is gorgeous! And what a great fix on the straps. I can also see what you mean about how it would look great as maxi length.
That’s tempting me to make another…..
Oh, that is stunning, Lizzy…really it is. I hadn’t seen that voile in Perth yet…will keep an eye out. I am seriously DROOLING over that lace trim at the hem and the PERFECT length!!! You look gawgeous dahling! Good on you for MacGyvering the straps too. Awe, love everything about it.
Thank you so much! There is still a little left at my Spotlight is you need… Just email if you can’t resist!
That’s so nice of you, Lizzy! I’m heading down to Spotlight this week, so I’ll see if they’ve gotten it in here yet…Perth is a bit slooooooooow 😛 Will let you know.
Super rad print! This is 70s-tastic for sure- love it 😀
I’m dressing much better than I did in the 70s – my ‘tiny person’ shots are rather tragic!
I just love this dress. It’s perfect!
this dress is perfect on you! it looks fabulous! 😀 love the colour the shape and that you lenghtened the skirt! it looks so classy but fun and summery! amazing outfit!
I think it’s going to be my basic summer dress pattern for a while!
Yeah! it looks so good! you could experiment with skirts for it too! so exciting to find a pattern that fits so great!
The skirt of the Lonsdale is very similar to one of the views of the new Hollyburn pattern that Sewaholic has just released!
so absolutely pretty & what a fit!
This looks wonderful on you. The exposed shoulders really suit you and I like the longer length. Looking forward to seeing your competition plans!
Thank you Lizzie, I’m going to pick maybe two things off the list and plan ahead – too stressful for last minute sewing!
I’m considering this pattern & your version is totally selling it!!! I’m glad to hear “real” sewers I admire resort to the sort of dodgy sounding fitting practices I do – frequently I’m afraid, naughty me… and really, if it ends up this gorgeous, why not!?!
Well I once had a formal dress that was too big in the bodice and that’s all they did. I thought I was dodgy but I unpicked them years later and the dress fitted perfectly. We all change sizes at different point in our life.
It’s like you were born to wear this dress! It looks absolutely beautiful on you and showcases your gorgeous shoulders. I’d look like a bag of spanners in this dress!
Thank you Karen – I think it is a good showcase of my clavicles. A bag of spanners? I had a giggle imagining what that looks like, although some men would find a bag of spanners highly alluring – I’m just a bag of bones!
It’s gorgeous and yes, it suits you very well!
I don’t think I’ll be around when you come to London ::sad face:: Would have loved to meet you.
That is sad… although I’m sure Japan is going to be amazing!!
This looks gorgeous on you! It really is the perfect shape and style for you! What a nice summer dress!
Oh, and those zippers are SO CUTE!
You know when I was researching whether or not I wanted to buy the pattern (I do a google image search) and found yours I thought ‘yep if GingerMakes looks great in it I think I do this!’.
Hahahaha! I love that we’re fit models for each other! 🙂
That’s why you have to make the Vogue 1247 skirt – would be perfect for you!
You know, we’re built similar, and I haven’t bought the Lonsdale because I thought it wouldn’t look good on my build… but after seeing yours, I going to serious consider getting the pattern. Love this version.
Question–do you find the tied straps annoying? I just can’t imagine liking that. I think I would sew them in permanently without a bow.
I do a google image search and see how a pattern looks on people of a similar build – it’s quick and you get a gallery of images to look over.
I think this does suit lean builds, it’s not a curve creating dress but it does showcase shoulders, lean arms etc.
I don’t find the bow annoying but my fabric is very lightweight. I do get my husband to do it up for me. I think you could sandwich the straps between the bodice layers where the strap loops are, you just need to figure out exactly how long you want them during construction (a bit like the Cambie construction). That would get rid of the bow.
this dress is so beautiful and looks great on you! the trim is adorable, the length perfect, great work!
Thanks Lisa x
I love this dress on you and I think it’s fine if it’s a little 70s. I can’t call it retro because then I’ll start telling everyone to get off my lawn and shake my fist and some such.
I do wish I had your zeal for competitions. I get nervous and bail. Maybe I just need hand holding and what better place to find that than Twitter. 🙂
LOL are you going to shake your fist at me when I blog my MacCalls 6611 jacket? It’s hanging up waiting for some blog photos. It’s sooo pretty, I’m actually impressed with myself (fat head moment).
I think 70s fashion would have suited me… Alas why not 50s which is so much pretttier!
Grass is always greener. I like 70s but 50s are easier for me to wear. I will not shake my fist at your 6611. I can’t wait to see it. Sounds like you’re having the same reaction I had. I was pretty impressed with myself, too. 🙂
It’s a wicked little pattern 🙂
What a lovely dress, it is a perfect match of fabric and pattern!
Thank you, I want to make it again but it’s going to be tough to find something just as lovely!
Definitely looking graceful! Another gorgeous dress and I envy the sunshine as it was dark and foggy here by 3ish, although I know the heat has been responsible for some not so lovely things too. Anyway, you look stunning and the print is gorgeous!
Our summers are lovely but we do get some horrific bush fires. I’m off to Tasmania next weekend and it’s having a dreadful time at the moment.
If this is what Lonsdalitis looks like, I want it please! What a beautiful dress…I hope you get addicted and make loads more! I made this pattern up last year but it ended up being too small in the bodice, which was soooo sad…this summer I’m going to nail the fit ;o) By the way, I hope I get to meet you when you visit London!!!
I hope I get to meet you too – then I can give you a bout of Lonsdalitis in person!
We have a date for a meet up 20th April, starting at the V&A.
Oooh 20th of April eh…I’ll have to get that in the diary asap! I look forward to contracting Lonsdalitis from you ;o)
No cure either for that condition!
Those straps are very fabric hungry aren’t they. But what a winner of a dress, it looks stunning on you – love it. The trim is a lovely touch. Win.
I couldn’t believe how much length the fabric needed! But it was worth it, I love this one… Thanks Zo
i’m a bit late but that dress looks absolutely wonderful on you! i think that and the darling cambie are my favorite! hopefully my dress will look half as good as yours! 🙂 x
Thank you 🙂 that’s a lovely thing to say.
Absolutely lovely! And I think you’re right–the longer skirt does suit you. Not everyone can wear that length, but it works on you!
And I’m fairly certain no one mistook you for a septuagenarian 😉
Funnily enough we have a much older than average population where I live!
I’m rather fond of long casual skirts and dresses… there could be more in my future!
You know I didn’t think this shape would suit me either but I’m changing my mind after seeing it on you. Its lovely and the halter strap top is really flattering. Lovely indeed.
Yes I was happily surprised too. Sometimes it’s good to get out of the comfort zone and try something new!
I love the style of this dress! The fabric is just lovely, and with such a busy print, I could not even tell you had to join pieces together for the ties. It’s beautiful with the extra length and trim!
Thanks Meg, I was pretty happy that I didn’t have to go back for a metre of fabric to fix it!
I always love your fabric choices! Another brilliant one. 🙂
It looks like it would be gorgeous as a maxi dress too!
Thank you – I try never to make a fabric suit a pattern. I just wait until the perfect fabric comes along. 🙂
Totally stunning and totally convinced me to buy this pattern! Just need a summer holiday somewhere beachy (pity it’s heading into autumn!!).
Thank you! Yes, the temperature has really dropped in the last couple of days – so sad. I love this dress, I feel a million dollars in it. Oh well. Time for winter sewing – maybe a Renfrew or two!
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I love the sash/belt with this! And the fabric is absolutely amazing – I want!!!
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