|The lovely Lonsdale dress is finished - but it is hard to show on a hanger, so I draped it on the holly bush.|
The Sewaholic Lonsdale dress is adorable. Because it is a halter dress, there are no shoulder fitting challenges and the front neckline twist is a nice detail, especially on a smaller-busted figure where the emphasis is welcome. Also, it's easy to wear braless because the bodice is lined and one could easily add cups, although it wasn't necessary for my version.
For my version of this dress, I was concerned with attractive placement of the floral motifs, so I cut each piece individually. I like using opague pattern paper to allow the print to show through. This way, I can trace the motifs and match as I cut fabric. You can see my pencil marks in the picture below. And because the fabric is so lightweight, I underlined the bodice with cotton batiste and the skirt with rayon lining. The elastic casing is made from charmeuse silk bias binding leftover from another project. It adds zero bulk.
|Rather than altering the pattern for bust darts, I added casing for elastic on the underlining.|
|I like this wide elastic that can be cut to any width. In this case I wanted the narrowest elastic possible.|
|Both elastic casings finished - they are attached right along the stitching line.|
|View of finished bodice from the inside, with elastic inserted into the underlining. When worn, the elastic should stretch enough to lie flat and prevent gapping at the upper edge.|
Le sigh. I would love to go right into another summer dress project in one of the gorgeous cottons I picked up at Elliott Berman last month. Either that or a bathing suit. Can't decide - I LOVE daydreaming about my next project, don't you? I hope my friend likes this dress!
Hmmm, Redrockcity, I wonder how you will use this fabric?
I will send you what I've got!
Contact me at alittlesewing at gmail dot com and
let me know where to mail it!