This August I’m sewing along with Tasia at Sewaholic.net. A bunch of talented seamsters and I are all making her just-released Lonsdale dress, which happens to also be a summer essential – happy day! This post marks its completion.
I was walloped at work this week. Though I’d made great progress on my Lonsdale last weekend, Tasia’s baby steps seemed like mountains to me this week. She whizzed through stitching the skirt, inserting the zipper, and hemming the skirt in what seemed like the blink of an eye as I found myself under a pile of papers with unexpected deadlines looming.
At a moment of weakness (and procrastination, I’ll admit), I turned on my sewing machine last night. Every stitch was surrounded by a stream of scientific ideas as my mind raced, preoccupied with my work. But, thanks to Tasia’s detailed instructions and Sew-Along posts, my sewing went as quickly as hers seemed to. Before I knew it, my dress was ready, and I truly had to get back to my proposal writing.
I just love this dress. The gold in the flowers gives a wonderful sheen to the fabric; there’s just enough swoosh in the skirt for a bit of fun; and the fitted bodice has such a neat twist to it.
As I described earlier, I decided to make the straps a bit shorter so that I could tie the dress as a halter. The back is supported by spiral steel boning, which is surprisingly unnoticeable during wear. In going over the self-portraits I took for this post, I did notice that the boning was weighing down on the grosgrain ribbon waistband, so I will likely go in and add a row of hand stitches to the lining at the bottom of the boning channel an eighth of an inch or so above the waistband in the hopes that that will help the boning fight gravity. I also ended up doing a lapped zipper because I wanted to practice another one of the techniques that I learned in Gertie’s online class. I do like Tasia’s method, but I thought the lapped zipper would better disguise my huge metal zipper (that was the perfect color and mere pennies, so I disregarded the size of its zipper pull).
Not only is this dress is one of my Summer Essentials, but I’m also entering it into this week’s Sew Weekly challenge, “Peer Review,” in which we were supposed to use inspiration from a previous Sew Weekly garment. Just the week prior, Sarah Gabbart, one of the weekly contributors, made her very own Lonsdale for the “Go West” challenge. Perfect timing, I say!
Here are my facts à la Sew Weekly.