Navy Nautical Sewaholic Lonsdale Dress

I have been imagining sewing this Lonsdale dress for such a long time and finally got around to it. It is my second Sewaholic pattern that I have sewn yet is one of four that I own, I will get around to the others eventually. I really like their patterns, the fit and the clear diagrams and instructions and of course the blog, which is how I got to know about them years ago.

Lonsdale dress front 2

                        Lonsdale dress back 2 Lonsdale side

I made view A using some navy nautical voile #2 abstract (100% cotton). The bodice requires it to be self lined as the ties are an extension off the bodice and the underside is visible when tied up. I probably should have lined the skirt however, as it is a light fabric and a bit transparent in the sunlight.

Unfortunately with the busy fabric it is hard to see some of the features of the pattern, like the nice sized pockets. I inserted a 16″ (40cm) black invisible zip (ooops! that’s all I had) at the back but first ironed on some interfacing on the seam allowance for strength. My seams were neatened with the overlocker and I did a narrow machine hem.

Lonsdale dress back

I think this is a very flattering silhouette and fit well all over generally, however I did have some gaping at the underarm area near the bust line, particularly noticeable in the first photo, although depending on how I stand it seems to correct itself. After wearing the dress for the day I decided to take out about 2 cm from each side by making 2 darts at the neckline, fortunately this is when the busy print did come in handy as they are barely noticeable. I ended up making them about 10cm long. Next time I will correct for this in the pattern.

fix up front

Fix up side

The only thing is that once the dress is on it is near impossible to tie the bow in the back but I can get it on and off without having to undo and re tie the bow. I think others have mentioned this too. Next time I make this I will either use a plain fabric or one with a bigger print to highlight the design details. I am also envisioning making this into a skirt as I really like the pocket construction and fit of the bottom half. Until next time.

Daisy Chain Top with a Splash of Fluoro, a Bird Fest and Stripes

Debbie from Lily Sage & Co is amazing. A wife, a mother of 3, and an awesome pattern designer, and who knows what else she accomplishes in her daily life. She is really coming up with unique and fun designs and with such efficiency. I once again volunteered to test* her newest pattern. Some people don’t like the testing process but I have found it’s something I really enjoy doing. Possibly due to the fact there is a deadline so I know things need to get done and I would be letting someone down otherwise.

This pattern is the Daisy Chain Top. As all the other patterns I have made from Lily Sage & Co, the pattern fits together well and instructions are really clear and thorough. Version 1 is my tester version. This fabric was chosen by my oldest, she wanted both a skirt and dress but as it’s a little sheer, it would have required a lining, but for this project it’s the perfect weight to allow the gathers to flow freely. The only thing was that it was so light weight and I forgot to interface my button and buttonhole packets so hopefully they don’t give in to any strain. I had made a mental note of this at the time but should have actually written it down somewhere.

I made view A with the ruffle sleeves. Being a tester version I followed the instructions however  deviated when it came to seam finishes. Due to the nature of the fabric I chose french seams for the side seams for extra reinforcement.

daisy chain top front

                     daisy chain top side daisy chain top back

The instructions have you bias finish the neckline and the armholes after sleeve attachment so that all seams are enclosed and the inside is really neat.

The hem is quite long and I chose to do a rolled hem which was a little tricky as some of the gathered “skirt” portion ends up being on the bias although instructions recommend bias finishing.

daisy chain top twirl

Version 2 and 3 are using the final pattern. I believe that only aesthetic changes were made from the tester version, ie button placement on the back.

Version 2 is using some newly acquired fabric, printed voile honeysuckle SPV9292 in coral (100% cotton). Nothing to say except another nice addition to her wardrobe.

daisy chain birds front

                       daisy chain birds back daisy chain birds twirl

Version 3 was for my baby. I used fabric from a maternity top sitting in the cupboard waiting to be refashioned and some white top pop poplin (80%poly/20% cotton) for the ruffles. Due to my fabric limitations the width of the gathered skirt portion was 6cm less in this version but not overly noticeable. I was able to use the hem of the existing top for the hem of this top with just a bit of fussing to get the pieces aligned. I tried to match the stripes at the back and side seams best as I could. Otherwise I stitched it up exactly as instructed.

daisy chain top stripes front

 daisy chain top stripes side daisy chain top stripes back

I will mention I cut a size up for both girls than their measurements so the tops last longer but as you can see this is less obvious for my taller model. This is actually designed to be a loose fitting top anyway.

Both girls love their new tops and I can see some playing around with this pattern in the future to make some different versions. The pattern is probably for an advanced beginner due to techniques such as bias binding finishes, making buttonholes and attaching buttons, but there’s no reason why anyone couldn’t tackle such a great pattern especially with great instructions and diagrams.

PS. We always need to add in the token twirling shots!

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part. Debbie also offered the choice of one of her other patterns for free for being involved in this round of pattern testing.