Saturday, August 6, 2011

Lonsdale dress - border print goodness

The Lonsdale dress is now underway.  I have been looking forward to this because I love the fabric and the pattern so much.
A quick layout to see how the border placement looks.   
I cut the skirt  on the cross-grain of the fabric to get the yellow border on the hem.  The bodice piece is cut on grain, and the pattern pieces fit easily along the border.  You can see how sheer this fabric is, so the bodice will be underlined and the skirt lined.

Today is kitchen countertop installation and plumbing day.  Our kitchen update will soon be complete.  The glass mosaic tile will be installed on Monday, then on to painting.
The pretty glass mosaic tile for the backsplash sparkles.
For now, I think a cheeseburger is in order.  With each step of the renovation, I get a little better at handling the chaos & stress, but I will be so glad when it is finished.  May we enjoy this space for a long time to come!

~Happy Sewing~



18 comments:

  1. Thanks for these posts.

    Have you found any difference in the way the fabric drapes when you use the cross grain?

    Are you lining instead of underlining the skirt because the latter would affect the drape of the skirt?

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  2. BTDT with the kitchen remodel. DH was gone most of the process and I lost 10 pounds by not eating. It just wasn't fun using the microwave we brought down to the laundry room! I'd get a big lunch at work and call it a day. I am sure you will be so happy with the outcome. It is just such a process getting there. Glass tiles are one of my favorites.

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  3. Beautiful Lonsdale! Will you change the hem to keep the deep yellow strip?

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  4. anon - I don't think cutting on the cross-grain will lessen the drapey-ness in this fabric.

    bunny, thanks for the commiseration. It is a tough process.

    daiyami - yes I will make a much narrower hem than the pattern calls for, just so I can keep the yellow border.

    anon, I will go into more detail on my next post about the grain, the bias and why I won't underline the skirt. thanks for the questions!

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  5. This fabric is so interesting - l like the way you've designed the dress. Lining - a subject which I would love to master - can't wait, thanks.

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  6. I am loving it so far. And, yes, the second thing I noticed was that I could see the grid through the fabric. The first thing I noticed is that this is going to be amazing!

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  7. How gorgeous is that! You have given me an idea for my own lonsdale. I think a rolled hem would be good.

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  8. Cool, someone else asked about the cross grain thing!

    This looks AMAZING! The way you've positioned your border and colour blocks is spectacular! I can't wait to see it finished!

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  9. Oh! I love this layout of the fabric so much! It will be amazing!

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  10. Can I just say I told you so? Please can I say it! *LOL* You have worked that border print to the utmost...almost making me regret that I didn't buy some! I am sooooo looking forward to seeing this dress completed!

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  11. I LOVE your fabric and you have really made good use of the pattern. Can't wait to see it finished.

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  12. I was wondering how you would eat whilst deconstructing the kitchen. Comisserations. I wish I could send you some soup - or maybe it is too hot!(Salad, definitely)
    This dress is looking amazing.

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  13. Thanks for the responses. Will look forward to further reports from your sewing room.

    Good luck with your renovation.

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  14. Yes, Carolyn, you can tell me you told me so, anytime!!
    LOL
    And you KNOW I got my border print inspiration from you!

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  15. I really like how this dress is shaping up. Great use of the border print.

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  16. This looks spectacular! I've never worked with a border print, but you've inspired me to keep my eye out for one the next time I make a Lonsdale!

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  17. I am so loving this dress / print. Great work and looking forward to the progress posts. (As usual, I am late for the party.)

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  18. Blue and gold - the perfect combination! Looking forward to your process.

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