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Sewaholic Lonsdale | The Music of the Night Dress

Added Sep 27, 2011

by SewinInTheRain

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This is my version of the Lonsdale Dress from Sewaholic Patterns in a thrifted black and beige poly silk. Since the dress is designed for pear shapes (which I’m not), I went with a size 6 bodice/waistband and a “de-peared” size 0 at the skirt; I ended up taking in the bodice at the side seams but kept the size 6 waistband. I really love the style of this dress and want to make day dress versions! Tasia’s instructions and pattern drafting are excellent.

Because the fabric is sheer, I underlined the skirt pieces in cotton (the bodice was self-lined according to the pattern instructions). It would be a good idea to also underline the pocket pieces since they form part of the skirt, but it’s not see through so it’s not really a big deal. The fabric has a very nice drape and feel, and doesn’t wrinkle (the best part in my opinion!). The dress closes with a 16" regular zipper at center back, though I shortened it to about 13".

Instead of understitching the neckline and pockets, I topstitched them to keep the fabric from rolling, which it wanted to do no matter how many times it was pressed. I also topstitched the ties for the same reason. You have the option of tying the ties in a half knot or double knot at the front, and I decided to double knot it since it felt more secure that way. The nice part is you can adjust the ties if the neckline is a bit loose so you don’t have to fidget too much with the fit there.

I love this pattern and recommend it to others!

Material Notes

Poly silk fabric with cotton underlining; black 16" regular zipper; stay tape at neckline; fusible woven interfacing at waistband; black hem tape




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Evening Wear
Cotton, Polyester, Silk


Lonsdale Dress

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    Oct 4, 2011, 09.24 PMby SewinInTheRain

    Thanks, everyone! Sorry I didn’t see these comments until just now.

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    Sep 28, 2011, 09.40 PMby wildcatspow

    Nice! I love this pattern so much— it looks cute on everyone!

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    Sep 28, 2011, 05.18 PMby Denim Skirts Etc

    Fabulous version. Well done.

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    Sep 28, 2011, 09.26 AMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Really pretty, love the fabric print.

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    Sep 28, 2011, 07.54 AMby aibby

    Looks very pretty and feminine on you, makes me want to go out and buy that pattern.

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    Sep 28, 2011, 04.46 AMby CationDesigns

    That is a beautiful rendition of the Lonsdale!

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    Sep 28, 2011, 02.51 AMby turtlegirl00

    lovely!!! fits you perfectly—great job!

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    Sep 28, 2011, 12.05 AMby embaby

    Gorgeous dress! Looks great on you:)

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    Sep 27, 2011, 11.22 PMby cyndi-de-crafti

    Very pretty. I like the neckline and the print of the fabric. Very nice! :)

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