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