A White Sewaholic Lonsdale

Very quick and dirty photos for this particular post, because it was starting to rain!

I first made the Sewaholic Lonsdale a few years ago. This is my all-time favorite sundress; for my very pear-shaped body I’ve found the cut and design is difficult to beat. My Lonsdales get lots of love when I wear them to work (ahh, the beauty of no dress code in the summer!) It is a GREAT style if you want to let your shoulders shine.

Since the shoulders are open and the skirt full, I was able to get away with hardly any alterations to my size 6 pattern:

  • Removed 3/4″ width from the back waist, and added 3/4″ to the front waist
  • Added 1/2″ width to the waistband; the actual finished measurement is slightly shorter than what is stated on the pattern.
  • Took in the center back seam 3/4″ between the tie tabs, tapering to nothing at the waist.
  • 1/2″ swayback tuck

I measure closer to a size 8 than a size 6, but I feel more comfortable sizing down to a 6.

The bodice does have a slight flattening effect on the bust, depending on how high/low you wear the knot, but I’m willing to overlook that. You can easily wear a strapless bra under this dress, but if you’re smaller and still self-supporting (like me) it isn’t necessary due to the fact that the bodice is fully lined. (The skirt is not lined out of the envelope.)

The fabric I used was a white diamond weave cotton shirting fabric from Fabric Mart. It had been sitting in my stash for over three years now, and I decided I needed to just go ahead and do something with it. The Fabric Mart description was spot-on – the drape has some body without being totally crisp. For the sake of modesty I lined the skirt as well as the bodice with the same fabric.


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Can’t wait to show you my other two Lonsdales!

10 thoughts on “A White Sewaholic Lonsdale

  1. I made a Lonsdale for my daughter a couple of years ago – now I’m inclined to make another one! She, however, isn’t able to tie that bow in the back by herself. Enjoyed your pictures, always enjoy your posts! Looking forward to seeing the others. Do you wear them all bra-less? As she was quite.. ahem… flat-chested back then she wanted all the padding a bra could give and I ended up moving the straps a bit to cover the bra straps. I wasn’t thrilled with it, but it was doable.


    1. Yeah, it can be tricky trying the bow in the back by yourself! I just do the best I can.

      Yeah, I don’t bother wearing a bra most of the time with these dresses. I just don’t find strapless bras that comfortable for more than a few hours, so even though I could probably use the volume I go without. As I mentioned in my post the shoulders are the true star of this dress.


  2. You are so lucky to not be busty! Every summer I complain about bra-wearing. Nothing is comfortable when it’s hot.

    Anyway, this dress is really pretty! If you pre-tie it, can you still get it on?


    1. My pear shape used to really bother me – particularly since I came of age during the early 2000s, a time when it was all about big boobs and cleavage – but by now I’ve accepted it as part of who I am. I also have since realized that the vast majority of post-college heterosexual men don’t care about our “flaws” nearly as much as we seem to think they do! And the ones that do, well, they aren’t for us 😉

      The zipper is in the center back, so I find it easier to tie after I put it on. Maybe if you moved the zipper to the side you could get away with not tying it? But then again, I find that sometimes the ties need additional adjustment…and you definitely will want to untie them for washing/pressing.


  3. This has made me think I need one in white too, actually it was the photos of the first one that you blogged about that gave me the impetus to buy the pattern in the first place. It looks great on you.
    One question, does tapering the amount you take in at the back mean that the centre back is no longer on the grain, or do you pivot the pieces in some way? I’m so pear shaped that the back of almost every pattern I sew is too wide.


      1. Thanks, I’ll take a look at the pattern pieces again. I took a fair bit in at the side seams with the first one I made.


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