Ginger Made: Lady Lonsdale

ERTUIJGDFIGDIRHGOARHGOJGS!!!!!  I just typed up a lovely post detailing the construction of my Lonsdale dress, added photos and links, clicked “publish”, and… a six-word post appeared with no sign of the glorious original anywhere.  Sigh. Alright.  Take 2.

On the plus side, I’m finally finished with something!  Meet Lady Lonsdale!

She's a little loud, no?

She’s a saucy little number from Sewaholic Patterns, and I think we’re in love!  As I’m sure I’ve mentioned, I’m not a fan of prints and I definitely never wear florals, but I really like this dress.  Even if I feel really… conspicuous… in it.

Seriously, I look like I escaped from the set of "Hawaii Five-0"!

Construction was smooth sailing thanks to Tasia’s mega-helpful sew-along posts.  Seriously, if you’re a beginner or you’re at all on the fence about this dress, just look through these posts.  It couldn’t be easier to put together a dress (well, maybe if I had a sewing fairy to whisper helpful advice about every project)!

I'm a fancy lady! I can curtsy and everything!

I added bust padding using Sunni’s tutorial (it was a bit tedious, but mostly due to my idiocy), and I used an invisible zipper instead of a regular one.  I followed Tasia’s advice and used the fabric selvages as a substitute for Stay-Tape to help stop the bodice from stretching out.  I also did a swayback adjustment, so my waistband is nice and straight all the way around– yay!  The only issue I had was that the waistband was about an inch and a half shorter than the bodice and the skirt pieces.  I’m still not sure how this happened, but I shaved off 5/8″ on either side and the whole thing fits perfectly now.  Whew!  I’m pretty sure I got lucky.

All tied up with a bow, like a gift to myself!

I’m not going to show you the inside of the dress as it turned out a bit sloppier than I had hoped.  I used French seams on the skirt’s side seams, but due to my tinkering to make the waistband fit, I ended up just zigzagging the center and back seams.  Also, I made an annoying mistake– instead of stitching just the outer waistband to the skirt, I sewed both waistbands to it together, and I trimmed the seam allowance before I noticed that I was supposed to slipstitch the inner waistband down.  This would have been super neat and tidy, but alas!  I had to zigzag the raw edges instead.

Overall, though, I feel like I learned a lot from the project and from the sew-along!  I definitely recommend this pattern– I just wish there was more summer weather left for me to wear it!

What are you guys working on?  How are your projects coming along?

39 responses

    • Ugh, just did! Somehow my original post didn’t go up correctly and only the first sentence was published! So I just re-did it… blerg. This dress would look super cute on you! We better add it to the queue!


  1. ‘I look like I escaped from the set of “Hawaii Five-0″‘ . . . you say that like it’s a bad thing . . .

    Your dress looks FABULOUS, and if you’re conspicuous, it’s only because of the awesomeness of your new dress!


  2. Thanks, everyone! If you haven’t tried this dress yet, you should really think about it! I’ve found that it looks super flattering on all kinds of shapes and it’s such a nice dress to construct!


  3. Gorgeous dress! I definitely second your opinion of the pattern. It’s so fun and flattering. I love your fabric, too. Sometimes it’s fun to do something a bit different when you’re making it for yourself. A bit of Hawaii is a good thing!


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  5. I’ve just bought the pattern and can’t tell if seam allowances are included within the size of the pattern pieces or do I have to add them on myself? What did you do?


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