Finished Sewing a Lonsdale Dress? Let’s See It!

Hey everyone! How’s your week been? I had an idea, so I jumped back on the blog to put it up!

Lonsdale dresses are popping up all over blog-world, and I’ve been trying to ‘collect’ them and share links through Facebook and Twitter. Then when a couple of you linked to your dresses in Monday’s post, I thought, why not collect the links in a blog post?

What do you think? I think it will be fun! Just leave a comment on this post with a link to your finished dress.

It can be anywhere on the internet: your blog, on your Burdastyle profile, or your Flickr account. This way, I can easily find finished Lonsdale dresses, and I won’t be borrowing any photos without permission. You’ll be able to look at each other’s dresses right away, and I’ll put together some round-up posts as well!

Here’s how to do it:

  • Scroll to the bottom of this post to where it says ‘Leave a Reply’
  • Fill in your name, email, and blog address (blog URL is optional!)
  • In the comment box, copy and paste a link to your blog post or photo. (It will automatically turn into a real link when the comment is published, no secret-code required!)
  • Just for fun, tell us a couple of things about the dress: what do you like best about your dress? Have you worn it yet? Where did you go?

Kind of like this:

Hi! I’m Tasia, and my blog is http://sewaholic.net. Here’s a link to my finished dress – http://sewaholic.net/introducing-the-next-pattern-the-lonsdale-dress/. I love the seersucker texture and the fact it has pockets. I’ve worn it at least ten times already, all over the city! Yesterday I wore it to work (on my bike!) and then afterwards, Mr Sewaholic and I went for a bite to eat and a walk to get ice cream.

In case you’re wondering: The dress in the photo above is made of a vintage cotton paisley print, and I’ve worn it a few times too!

Just a note: if there are lots of links in a comment, the comments go to the spam folder, so they might not show up right away! I’ll be sure to check the spam folder for comments that may have slipped in by mistake.

I’m so looking forward to seeing all of your dresses!

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47 Responses to Finished Sewing a Lonsdale Dress? Let’s See It!

  1. Roisin August 18, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    Hi! I’m Roisin and my blog is http://dollyclackett.blogspot.com – here’s a link to my finished dress http://dollyclackett.blogspot.com/2011/08/you-try-and-hurt-mozart-and-youre-gonna.html

    I made it out of a hot pink polka dot cotton I bought on impulse in my local haberdashery shop. It was quite cheap – under ¬£5 a metre – but it’s really nice quality and drapes surprisingly well, and I love polka dots so it’s a winner in every sense. I’ve worn it only once so far – around the house, to a wine tasting and then to a party in the evening, but I have lots of plans to wear it again – possibly tomorrow, when I’m going out for lunch with friends.

  2. Shawnta August 18, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    Hi my name is Shawnta and I blog at http://divinerae.blogspot.com. I blogged about my Lonsdale at this post http://divinerae.blogspot.com/2011/08/dragon-in-my-pocket-sewholic-lonsdale.html
    I love my dragon print fabric that had been sitting in my stash for years but never had the right pattern until the Lonsdale. The dress is so cute and comfortable I wanted to make another as soon as I finished. I also enjoyed the sew-along a lot!

  3. Rachel August 18, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    My name is Rachel and my blog is http://shoesandsewing.blogspot.com
    My dress is at http://shoesandsewing.blogspot.com/2011/08/lonsdale-dress.html
    I made it from cotton lawn, which is my new favorite fabric. I wore it to church this past Sunday.

  4. Marie August 18, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    Hi, I’m Marie and I blog over at http://asewingodyssey.blogspot.com/. Thanks to Tasia’s expert tuition, my Lonsdale Dress is my most beautifully made dress to date…shame it’s a bit too small in the bodice. I think where I went wrong is not lining my bodice muslin, so it’s just out by a few centrimetres or so. It’s a crying shame, but maybe I can fix it when I have the energy. You can see pictures of it here: http://asewingodyssey.blogspot.com/2011/08/truth-about-my-lonsdale.html

  5. Caroline August 18, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    Hi, I’m Caroline & I blog at http://churchsexy.blogspot.com/ . I posted about my Londsdale dress here : http://churchsexy.blogspot.com/2011/08/lonsdale-dress.html.

    I haven’t worn it yet but plan to wear it to church next Sunday, and am already planning two or three more versions in some floaty summer cottons… What I like best about the pattern is the strap and neckline detail. What I like best about my dress is how much care I took putting it together and finishing it … Thanks to Tasia’s excellent tutelage giving me the confidence to do that.

  6. Salvia August 18, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    Hello, I am Salvia and my blog is http://sewingfairytales.blogspot.com/
    My finished Lonsdale is here http://sewingfairytales.blogspot.com/2011/08/review-sewaholic-lonsdale-dress.html

    I used a cotton with a little bit of stretch. I love the flower pattern of the fabric and the pockets. This dress was so easy to make and it looks great. I want to wear it all the time and do so very often. Wore it today to work, when the weather was finally sunny here.

  7. Funnygrrl August 18, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Haven’t sewn a Lonsdale but just wanted to tell you how much I love your dress! It looks so comfy to wear without worrying about straps falling down, etc. One commenter said it was being considered for a bridesmaid dress. I can absolutely see it in a more formal fabric for a wedding.
    Beautiful!

  8. Amy August 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    Hi, I’m Amy, and I blog about sewing over at http://sewwell.wordpress.com. My completed Lonsdale can be found on this post: http://sewwell.wordpress.com/2011/08/14/lonsdale-sew-along-completed/

    I used a teal Japanese cotton from http://finefabrics.com that has lovely little flowers all over it. The flowers are highlighted in gold, which gives a wonderful sheen to the fabric, allowing it to be dressed up very easily. I altered the straps a bit so that they could be tied into a halter, and I added boning to support the back. I also made the waistband out of grosgrain ribbon so that it would have more of a belt-like texture to it.

    I have hopes to make another Lonsdale this fall with this image as my inspiration: http://news.instyle.com/photo-gallery/?postgallery=50620#3 My goal is to have it done for the Gatsby Summer Afternoon, but, even though it’s a quick sew, that might be a bit
    unrealistic considering I’m on vacation most of the weeks between then and now!
    I had a great time sewing along with all of you!

  9. Tabatha Tweedie August 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    Hi, I’m Tabatha of http://threadcarefully.wordpress.com/ . I’ve made two versions of the Lonsdale dress. My first version was View A in an aqua cotton lawn. I haven’t worn it yet as it turned out a little big, but I plan to wear it on a day at the beach sometime soon. My second version is View B, the full-length version and a size smaller. I made it in navy satin and will be wearing it to a friend’s wedding in a couple of weeks. It works well as a formal dress (I omitted the pockets for this version). The pictures of both versions are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/threadcarefully

  10. Lucy August 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    I have neither quite finished (just got the hem to do, but something got a bit cocked up with my lining and it needs to be trimmed so both raw edges line up!) nor taken a photo – and I don’t have a blog either so I’ll probably just put a pic up on the Facebook page.

    But I’m another one who’s seriously considering using it as bridesmaids’ dresses – I love Tabatha’s satin one, it looks so elegant, and since I’ve now proved I can make the dress myself it seems ideal ;-)

  11. Beverly McCall August 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    I just wanted to say that I followed her journey and I think this is a great idea. I, personally, do not wear this type of dress. But for those that do, it’s great. Admiring the handiwork of others is alway inspiring for me. What will your next sew along be?

  12. Ida August 19, 2011 at 3:57 am #

    Hello, it was a great thing to make this dress.
    You can see mine at http://www.hobbyschneiderin.net/portal/galerie/showphoto.php?photo=64772 (I don’t have a blog so I have to link to a German Sewing-Forum..). I made an FBA (with darts) and now it fits perfect. The fabric is dark blue with little dots – reminds me of “B√ºrgel-Keramik” which is quite popular here. The only thing that bothers me is, that there won’t be any more warm summer days here, so I will wear the dress with a (white?) cardigan. Greetings from Leipzig, Ida

  13. Hannah August 19, 2011 at 4:08 am #

    Oh I’m so behind! I’ve only just finished making my multiple toile adjustments – I must have a weirder shaped body than I previously thought! Need to put down my knitting and start sewing faster…

  14. Doortje August 19, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    Hello everyone, after a long pause I recently started to sew again. My first new dresses are two Lonsdale’s! I love the simplicity of the pattern and the great figure flattering fit. I’ve made view A and B as well. Here is my first maxi-dress which I love to wear around the house, just to sit outside in the garden and read a good book: http://justskirtsanddresses.blogspot.com/2011/08/rainy-summer-dress.html and here is the other version: http://justskirtsanddresses.blogspot.com/2011/08/butterfly-garden-lonsdale-dress.html

  15. Sewing Princess August 19, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    Hi, I’m Silvia aka Sewing Princess. I started late on the sew-along but thanks to a few days of staycation I caught up and finished my dress.
    I wore it out yesterday and I find it very comfy. I can’t thank Tasia enough for her super tuition.
    You can see my version here
    http://bombardone.com/sewingprincess/2011/08/lonsdale-dress-finished/

  16. Charlotte / l'Atelier August 19, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    Hi Tasia, I’m Charlotte from l’Atelier, a french seamstress and dress lover.
    Here is my own version of the Lonsdale dress http://wp.me/pSGbS-CC
    I shortened it as I love short sundresses :) It was so easy to get the perfect fit with this pattern and the sew-along helped me A LOT ! Thanks !

  17. Terrill August 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    They’re all so lovely! I’m pregnant, which is exciting, but I’ve been so sad that I can’t make one this summer. (Hard to even fit something on yourself when your body is constantly changing.) I’m planning to make one next summer, though, so leave the sewalong posts up!

  18. Kristina Jensen August 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Hi Tasia! I met you this morning, and promised I would go to your blog immed. when I got home. And I love it! Congrats on a great blog & a fun work-is-play lifestyle. Kristina

  19. Natasha August 20, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    Here’s a link to my finished dress: http://www.flickr.com/photos/61612480@N02/ I made this dress out of chambray which I had just enough of, and I’ve luckily had a few days where I could wear it so far. This pattern has been so easy to sew and fit that I’m excited to start on a Pendrell as soon as I get some paper to trace the pattern onto. :)

  20. Beatriz August 21, 2011 at 2:20 am #

    Heloo!!! My name is Beatriz and here is the link for my finished dress: http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/my-lovely-lonsdale-dress

    This dress is so beautiful and easy to follow the instructions, so lovely. I’m sure I’ll do another one. Unfortunately still too cold outside to wear it, but spring is coming :) As soon the weather gets better will take some better pictures outside.

  21. RobinDenning August 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    Hi, I finished my Lonsdale dress yippee!
    There was a setback when I cut off the border and ruined the back of the skirt, but I got another piece of fabric and finished yesterday.
    Tania, that is a really nice pattern, with great instructions and overall ADORABLE dress!
    http://tllg.net/q57

  22. Melizza August 22, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    I haven’t made a Lonsdale dress…yet…but I am totally going to look at each and every one of these links.

  23. RobinDenning August 23, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    Hi, it’s Robin here again and I just posted a better pic on my blog here:
    http://tllg.net/Lonsdale

  24. Ms. Cleaver August 24, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    Hi! I’m Leah and I blog at http://mscleaver.com. I just posted about my dress here: http://mscleaver.com/2011/08/24/lonsdale-in-bloom/

    I love how well the dress fits and I’ve received a ton of compliments on it. I finished it on Sunday and have worn it twice already, once to dinner at a friend’s house (15 minutes after finishing the hem) and then to work on Tuesday, with a vintage bolero over the top. I love this dress!!

  25. RobinDenning August 25, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    I just noticed I did not follow the instructions very well :)

    Hi my name is Robin and I sewed this dress as a gift for a co-worker /friend. When she modeled it at work, it created a mild sensation and I was flooded with compliments (and requests for my sewing services) all day. She plans to wear it to an afternoon wedding later this summer. I fell in love with the pattern and I plan to make myself a skirt from the bottom half. I really like the way it drapes because of the bias in the cut.
    Lovely design Tasia!!

  26. Debbie August 25, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    I love my Lonsdale dress! I wore it the day after I made it and it felt good on. It fits perfectly, so no alterations required. I blogged about it at:

    http://debbie-sewdebbie.blogspot.com/2011/08/lonsdale-dress.html

    Definitely going to make to make another one at least! Thanks for great sew along Tasia. looking forward to the next Sewaholic pattern!

  27. TracyKM August 26, 2011 at 6:57 am #

    I’d really like to see Ida’s pictures, but the German site says something about needing to register. I’ve not found any other large busted versions so I’m really curious how it works out; can it be worn braless for those who are more endowed?

  28. Annabelle August 28, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    Hi, I’m Annabelle and here’s the link to my finished dress: http://annabellebumps.blogspot.com/2011/08/take-me-to-hawaii-dress.html

    I am in love with this dress. The pockets are perfect, and it’s fun the have the option to wear the straps in different ways. I would love to make this dress up again. Today I wore it to church (where one of my Sunday school girls told me she loved the dress) and I’m on my way to a family reunion in the dress.

  29. Caroline August 28, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    http://fulltimevixen.blogspot.com/2011/08/navy-polka-dot-dream-dress.html

    I LOVE THIS DRESS. I’ve always wanted to make a polka dot dress like this and now I am the proud owner of a polka dot dress that is somewhat retro in style — I wore this to work, to a few BBQs, and just around town in red, red lips. So fabulous. I will probably make another one once I find another suitable fabric that inspires me. Thanks Tasia for making such a wonderful pattern!

  30. Ella August 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    I’m Ella from ellamadethat.wordpress.com, and I’ve just finally posted my finished pictures of my Lonsdale. I made some mods to have fixed straps, and I love this dress! You can see the final result at http://ellamadethat.wordpress.com/2011/08/29/fo-lonsdale-dress/.

  31. Caroline August 30, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    @Ella:

    I love your fixed straps modification! I might have to do that on my next Lonsdale. As much as I love being able to adjust the straps and tie it into a bow — it’s so hard to do by yourself! I can’t ever get a proper bow and I live by myself….this is one of the dresses where I wish I had a boyfriend or roommate. Hahaha.

  32. Ella August 30, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    @Caroline,

    Thanks! It was pretty easy to make the mods. Your version is very cute too! I like the polka dots. I’ll have to keep an eye out for you, in case you work at my local library branch! Mount Pleasant- that would be quite the coincidence if you did.

  33. khyaati September 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    Hi Tasia! I love this dress!!! Do you ship your patterns to New Zealand? :)

  34. Ginger September 13, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    Hi, I’m Ginger! You can see my Lonsdale dress at: http://gingermakes.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/ginger-made-lady-lonsdale/. I love the cute knot in the front best (and the pockets!), and the dress is so fun and summery that I was inspired to step out of my comfort zone a bit and make it in a bright print! Next summer I will have to make another as it’s such a flattering dress!

  35. Suzy September 13, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    Hi! I‚Äôm Suzy, and my blog is http://suzybeesews.blogspot.com/ (only just started a blog so it hasn’t got much up yet!)

    Here’s a link to my finished dress – http://suzybeesews.blogspot.com/2011/09/sewaholic-1102-lonsdale-dress.html

    I made it for my daughter who loves it! She’s planning on wearing it as her birthday dress in a couple of weeks out for tea. I love the pockets and I must say it was a dream to sew up. I already have the fabric picked out for my mum (it will be her xmas pressie).

    This dress was made out a cheap interlock knit and I’m really happy with it!

  36. Vanessa September 17, 2011 at 3:44 am #

    It’s really fun to see other sewers’ Lonsdales!

    Here’s mine (I moved last week to wordpress):

    http://auroras11.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/lonsdale/

  37. Jane Elise September 17, 2011 at 4:34 am #

    I’m a bit late to the party but here it is…

    http://timepoorsewer.blogspot.com/2011/09/finished-project-lonsdale-dress.html

  38. aleah October 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    I finally finished my Lonsdale! It seems silly that I was so excited about the pattern that I pre-ordered it, and only just finished it, but I had to find the right fabric, then I made more pressing things for vacation and SSS, then I lost the loop piece (thanks so much for sending it to me, Tasia! And I totally found it under my ironing board after I had constructed the bodice, go figure!) Anyway, here it is and I love it!! What a great pattern!
    http://notimetosew.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/dotty-lonsdale-finally/

  39. Allie November 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    Hi everyone, I’m Allie and I posted my Lonsdale on my blog here: http://www.crozette.com/2011/11/sewaholic-lonsdale-dress.html

    I wore it to a wedding in October and had to finish the hem on the car ride there! Down to the wire! It was super comfortable to dance in and the pockets are very handy. I used Anna Maria Horner voile and kona cotton lining. It wasn’t cheap, but it was a lot of fun to work with!

  40. LLBB January 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    also – re the previous comment – i think next time i am not going to put interfacing all the way to the ends of the waistband piece and hopefully that will make it less chunky, and easier to sew the zipper

  41. Fiona October 2, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    I’ve finished a Lonsdale! I’m a bit late to the Sew-Along I know but I used the old posts to guide me through every step of the way so thought I should complete the final sew-along step!

    http://chainstitcher.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/finished-project-sewaholic-lonsdale.html

    I love the finish I managed to achieve thanks to your tips plus the fun contemporary floral print. I made the dress to wear to a wedding and I was comfy and happy in it all day. I even managed to impress my Nan who taught me how to sew!

  42. Jennifer July 19, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    Finally finished the Lonsdale dress my daughter has been asking me to make since the pattern came out. As a definite tomboy (she plays competitive hockey – goalie, belongs to Junior Rangers) she never wears dresses, and she fell in love with this design. Finished it off yesterday and she loves it. Can’t wait to try another pattern.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151539312275849&set=a.10151117193010849.427182.688340848&type=1&theater

    • Tasia July 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

      I can’t see the photo from the link, but I am thrilled that your daughter loves the dress!

  43. Truestore Lonsdale February 20, 2014 at 3:19 am #

    Have those Lonsdale dresses anything to do with Lonsdale of London? Just curious…

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