Introducing the next pattern… the Lonsdale Dress!

I’m thrilled to introduce the THIRD pattern from Sewaholic Patterns – the Lonsdale Dress!

This is my favourite one so far. I love everything about this dress! This is the perfect summer dress to me – it’s flattering, comfortable, has pockets, shows off the waistline, and is easy to ride a bike in!

It has pockets! The pattern uses the same easy and flat construction as the Crescent Skirt. Perfect for toting a credit card and lip gloss for days when you want to leave the purse at home.

Your choice of two lengths: universally flattering just-below-the-knee length, and a longer full length. I’m working on a full-length version and can’t wait to wear it!

This fabric is a vintage cotton seersucker I purchased on Etsy in the fall. I like the rippled texture and pretty floral print. It’ll be nice and cool when the weather warms up!

The waistband is at the natural waist for a comfortable fit. It looks great worn with a belt or without!

What’s the name mean? Lonsdale is named for Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. To get there by transit, you take a SeaBus across the water from downtown Vancouver. It’s a tourist attraction, with a market full of yummy foods and neat gifts, and a beautiful view looking back at downtown Vancouver. And this is exactly the type of dress for a weekend at the market! North Vancouver is a beautiful area, with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain, home of the Grouse Grind, ‘Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.

Back to the dress. It’s the ideal thing for hot summer days – thrown on one easy piece and go!

The great part about the bow-tied ends is that they’re adjustable! You can easily pull the straps tighter or loosen them up for extra room. Tie the front in a half-knot (my favourite look) or a full-knot (my sister’s favourite look) to change it up.

It works for riding a bike! I’ve worn it to work biking and the skirt is definitely long enough for modesty, flared enough for maximum leg movement.

Best of all, it’s easy to sew! Even easier than the Crescent Skirt, I’d say. No darts! Minimal hand-sewing! Easy pockets!

I made the first sample up in about four hours, from cutting to hemming, and that includes pausing for photos! I’m fast, but you’ll be nearly as fast, I’m sure.

Pre-sales are starting very soon! Sign up to the mailing list to be eligible for advance ordering and special offers.

What do you think? Do you like it? It’s out for printing right now, and scheduled to ship by mid-July. I have another dress in printed cotton lawn to post soon, and I’m planning a soft rayon for the full length version. What fabric would you use for this dress?

Have an awesome weekend and stay tuned for more on this exciting new pattern!

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149 Responses to Introducing the next pattern… the Lonsdale Dress!

  1. gina June 24, 2011 at 6:08 am #

    How beautiful. Love the neckline! you always make such wonderful garments. this one is stunning!

  2. Emilie June 24, 2011 at 6:12 am #

    Wow! this looks great and I love that fabric! I’m also anxious to see the full length version too. Now if Post Canada could just be back up and running…
    It’s surely on my wishlist!

  3. Stacy aka Stacybeads June 24, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    Congratulations on another lovely pattern! Your fabric choice looks fantastic with those shoes.

  4. Suze June 24, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    Very very cute! Neat that it can be dressed up or down, casual or dressy. Good job, Sewaholic!

  5. liza jane June 24, 2011 at 6:21 am #

    Gorgeous! I love the ties and dresses with pockets are the best.

  6. Jenny June 24, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    I love, love,love that dress. Can’t wait to make one!

  7. StitchBrawl June 24, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    Oooo! It’s perfect. Just the sort of thing I need more of in my closet…easy and comfortable, but pretty and fun. I can’t wait to see your other versions…and make several of my own!

  8. Claire (aka Seemane) June 24, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    Tasia – it’s lovely, and you look lovely in it!
    Q:If you’re planning a sewalong for this dress – could you please give us any tips/links on how to a full-bust adjustment on the upper bodice would be fab (as it’s dart-less it’d be tricky to figure out :) !) ?

  9. Mandy June 24, 2011 at 6:31 am #

    I waaaaant one!!! Even if I can’t get it done before I leave for vacation on the 12th, I still WANT ONE!!!!

  10. Vicki Kate June 24, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    Ooh, soo pretty. I HAVE to wear a bra though, so I’m not sure this would work for me as I’m not one for flashing my underwear, even if it’s just the straps!

    It is a gorgeous dress though and I love your shoes! Congratulations on another beautiful pattern.

  11. Roisin June 24, 2011 at 6:34 am #

    Oh Tasia, I love it! I wear dresses all the time – I’ll definitely be buying this pattern!

  12. AnaJan June 24, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    It’s super cute, and the fabric is gorgeous! Love the tied straps on the front. I can see it in numerous variations – with or without pattern alterations. Well done!

  13. Valerie June 24, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    Adore!!!! I am so excited to see the full-length version. Thanks for another classy pattern!

  14. sula June 24, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    Fabulous. It looks like it is easy to wear, staying put and looking great with none of the constant fiddling that some dresses require!

    Well done! I’m delighted with your continued successes…and not just because I personally benefit from them. ;)

  15. Marie June 24, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    Oh my goodness, this is gorgeous! I can’t wait to try it out, hope it’s available to buy soon!

  16. lap June 24, 2011 at 6:49 am #

    Oh easy AND glamorous! Well done!

  17. jadestar June 24, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    Yay! I’ve been really excited about this since I got the preview the other day. Its awesome. I love how it looks like a halter but isn’t. I find halters uncomfortable. Great pattern. That fabric really suits you too!

  18. Kathleen June 24, 2011 at 7:09 am #

    Love this! The fabric is beautiful and I like the way the skirt flows. Good job!

  19. Suzie June 24, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    Definately another winner! I can’t wait to see what the maxi version looks like. The halterneck ties are such a cute quirky feature.

  20. Jill June 24, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    I can’t wait!! I ride my bike to work, too, so I appreciate dresses I can bike in. This dress will be so fabulous for the hot days of summer (even if we don’t get too many of those…)

  21. Ashlee June 24, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    LOVE this and cannot wait to order it! Awesome job, Tasia!

  22. Alexandra June 24, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    This dress is GORGEOUS! I definitely need the pattern. I’m making a dress for a wedding in October, and I was going to make Butterick 5603 but now I’m thinking it may have to be this instead!


  23. Tanit-Isis June 24, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    This one’s on my list—SO excited. Now if only that bloody postal strike would end.

  24. Sarah June 24, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    The Lonsdale is such a beautiful dress!! Well done, Tasia!

  25. Stephanie June 24, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    This dress is adorable. I will be buying this pattern.

  26. Kimberly June 24, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    Being a DDD cup, there is absolutely no way that I could wear it as is and it would take an enormous amount of work to adjust it, but it is very telling that I’m running ways in my head to make it work or make something similar.

  27. Amanda June 24, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    I love this dress and the fabric you chose is just perfect! I’m so excited about this one – so feminine and timeless, and great for summer. I’d love to wear it for my cousin’s bday in August! I’m also wondering how to wear this dress with a bra, maybe a strapless bra will work?

    Also, I love the backstory of Lonsdale, as always! If I ever visit Vancouver I’ll be in the know :)

  28. erin June 24, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    I wish I could wear things like this. It is so cute, but I need the support of a bra with straps :( Maybe in a future design you could make something that is pretty bu

  29. erin June 24, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    … stupid computer lol…. something that is pretty, but has room to hide bra straps :)

  30. Sofia Pona June 24, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    LOOOOOVE! Can’t wait to make this in a silk charmeuse in a floor length gown, quite possibly in a dark jewel tone! How glamourous and girly and pretty. Love! Nice work, soeur.

  31. Corinne June 24, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    What I like so much about your patterns is that they are casual but sophisticated at the same time. Your design lines are clean and detailed but not fussy. This dress can be fabricated so many ways and work for so many functions. How I wish I were able to wear this style because it is lovely. You do good work, congratulations!

  32. Catholic Bibliophagist June 24, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    What a beautiful dress! And with pockets — yay! I only wish I were young enough to wear this style. I hope there’s going to be a sew along because I am very curious about the construction of the bodice which I’m having a little trouble visualizing just from the photos.


  33. Ms.Cleaver June 24, 2011 at 8:26 am #

    Loved it in the newsletter. Love it now. Have great fabric for it, just hoping I have sufficent yardage!!

  34. alice June 24, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    i really like it! and i echo hopes that it can be made for a fuller bust – though i know ‘pear shape’ is your focus. i think that for me, i’ll chop off the length to above the knee.

  35. Meghan June 24, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    How lovely! I’ve been reading here for about 6 months, and I think this will have to be my first Sewaholic pattern purchase. Thanks for keeping this wonderful and informative blog!

  36. Volute June 24, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    Lovely dress! I have been following your blog for a few months now and I am very impressed by all you do, your beautiful patterns, your detailed sew-alongs and the clarity and accuracy of your writing. Unfortunately I have not managed to take part in the previous sew-alongs, but I would love to participate in this new adventure. Congratulations Tasia!

  37. Amanda S. June 24, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    LOVE it! Beautiful pattern and gorgeous fabric! The back is interesting too. So fun!

  38. Karin June 24, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    It’s beautiful! I love the knot in front. Very pretty!

  39. Ella June 24, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Looks fantastic! I’ve been waiting to see this after getting the preview from the mailing list, and it looks great on you.

  40. Becky June 24, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    I was excited to see this one in the email you sent out–I prefer fitted waists to empire waists, and it’s so hard to find a maxi-dress pattern that actually has that. (Which is what’s kept me from sewing a maxi-dress so far– my muslins have never ended up looking good on me!) I’ll be snagging this one for sure. And guess I’d better start working on improving my FBA skills, lol!

  41. Amy June 24, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    So cute! I love the way you’ve attached it on the back! Great job!

  42. Tara June 24, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    love the dress! I had one similar to this style from target but it got too small :(

    on another note, I also love your shoes! where did you get them?

  43. Clare June 24, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    This is a beautiful design! I love the front knot / back tie detail.

  44. Lauren R June 24, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    Congratulations! This dress is beautiful. I think lots of people will love it. Unfortunately, I need to be able to wear a bra with straps, so I wouldn’t be able to wear it. It’s lovely, though!

  45. Lisa June 24, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    I love this and I think this would be fabulous in a maxi length for my holidays :-))

  46. Cennetta June 24, 2011 at 9:25 am #


  47. Lizz June 24, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    I was so excited for this dress when I saw it in the email last week. I’m thinking a light chambray would look beautiful for summer.

  48. HipDroppedStitches June 24, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    Wow… this is dress is beautiful!!! I think it is awesome that you design specifically for ‘pear shape’ women, but I am not a pear… I wonder if that would matter as much with this dress?

  49. Susan - Knitters Delight June 24, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    Congratulations on your third pattern. It looks like another winner!

  50. Alessa June 24, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    Oh, how exciting! It’s a very pretty dress, I love the neckline!

  51. Tasia June 24, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Thank you all SO MUCH!! :) It’s wonderful to hear good feedback on the new design. Yay!

    Let me jump in here and answer as many questions as I can…

    Yes! You can totally make and wear this dress if you’re not pear shaped. The skirt flares from the waistline, so if you’re slim through the hips, it will just be more flared and fuller around the hipline. You can take it in through the sideseams, centre front and centre back seam if you wanted less fullness, but you may not even need to!

    Will there be a sew-along? Absolutely! Let’s do it! So far, there’s enough interest in sewing this dress to make it worthwhile. It’s an easy dress to sew, so if you’re more experienced you may be able to make more than one version!

    Wearing a Bra? I’m wearing a strapless bra in these photos. I also picked up a couple of stretchy bandeau-type bra tops – basically a stretchy tube of fabric with cups in the front – for days when I don’t want quite as much support and structure. I can also go bra-less in this dress and when it’s hot, that’s my preferred way of wearing it!

    I know that some of you will ALWAYS want (or need) to wear a bra with straps, and this dress doesn’t exactly work for that. You could cheat, and always wear a jacket, cardigan, or wrap with the dress to cover your bra straps, but then you’re hiding a lot of the details. Don’t worry, I have dresses in the future that will be bra-friendly!

    Full Bust Adjustment – If we do a sew-along, I will figure out how to adjust for a full bust. It’s dart-less in the bodice, but the knot-front creates gathers at centre so that’s where the shaping happens. I’ll figure something out! To add for a fuller bust, we may have to add a dart for extra shaping, but it will be easy to sew. I’ll do some research as I never have to do a FBA myself! :)

  52. Tasia June 24, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    @Ms.Cleaver: Good question on fabric requirements! I’m putting together a post with the envelope back and a PDF file you can save to your computer, so you’ll have the information ahead of time! I should have it together early next week.

  53. Tasia June 24, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    @alice: Yes! You can easily shorten or lengthen this dress. If you’re tall, you may have to add to the full-length version if you want to wear it with heels. When I post the fabric requirements it will also have the finished measurements of the garments as well!

  54. PatternJunkie June 24, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Oh, my God! Love love LOVE! I hope the printer works fast, because I can’t wait to get my hands on this! Looking forward to seeing the long version too, I bet its a fab maxi dress!

  55. Tasia June 24, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    @Becky: I agree! I prefer waistlines to hit at my actual waist rather than empire waists, and you’re right, most maxi-dress patterns seem to be empire waists. Or elasticized. Glad you like it!

  56. Tasia June 24, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    @Tara: My shoes are from H&M! I bought them last fall for a very affordable $29. I’ve also seen cute red pumps like this at Urban Outfitters too, for a similar price point. Red shoes are surprisingly versatile!

  57. Tasia June 24, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    Thanks again for all of the comments and feedback! I’m really, really excited about this pattern and it’s awesome to see that you guys are too! :)

  58. linda June 24, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Don’t mean to disrespectful I like the dress ,but can you tell me the difference between your $20 plus patterns and a $1 simplicity pattern having the exact same dress? Why do you think we need to waste money on something just because it comes from another country with the label,” for pear shaped ” on it?

  59. Tasia June 24, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    @linda: Hi Linda, I’m glad you like the dress and sorry that you feel it’s a waste of money. In a lot of countries, we don’t have patterns on sale for $1, although I wish we did! :) It’s not just the label ‘pear-shaped,’ the size chart is proportioned for a smaller waist/bust and a larger hip size, which no other pattern company is doing. Plus, the patterns are printed using recycled paper and FSC-certified paper, which is better for the environment. A lot of work goes into each pattern, lots of testing and development work to make sure that it’s a good product. It’s not for everyone, but I do appreciate the feedback!

  60. Caroline June 24, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    SUPER cute. Super super cute. And I do love the fact you are playing up riding a bicycle in it. ;) Knock it out of the park, Tasia!

  61. Astrid June 24, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    Love this dress! I’m definately making it for next summer – when I’m not pregnant ;-) It looks great and if it’s easy and fast it’s probably a good pattern for a beginner! Maybe I should just order the pattern when it’s ready so I have it for when my body stops changing so much! I was just getting into sewing when I got pregnant, but lost some of my motivation since I will only be able to wear the clothes for a short time… Fortunately there are baby-tings to prepare instead – but when seeing such nice dresses I am looking forward to sewing them for next summer!

  62. alice June 24, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    I just wanted to chip in on the price point issue, from a consumer perspective. I think it’s an important concern that you raise, Linda, for any small business person… how to compete with the big guys who can underprice anyone, it seems?

    I think that the pricing on Tasia’s patterns is completely in line with other small independent pattern companies, like Colette. I haven’t used any of Tasia’s patterns yet, but my understanding is that the instructions are really helpful, and more user oriented than Big 4, which can be mystifying. And I think what a lot of us really like is that she really listens carefully to our feedback, and incorporates what we want into her designs.

    I think that especially with the economy being the way it is, many of us want to support independent producers instead of large companies. Especially when they do so much to add value to their product (like her sewalongs, or advanced sewing tips).
    From my perspective, if I spend $20 on a pattern, and $20 on fabric/notions, I’m still getting a fabulous dress for $40, which I think is a total bargain.

    I should say that I have never met Tasia, I just live in the same city and really enjoy her blog.

  63. Charlotte / l'Atelier June 24, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    I want this :)
    I receive your newsletter and I’ve been longing to see a sewn version of the dress until I sax the drawing in the mail. I’m in for the presale !!

  64. Sofia Pona June 24, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    @linda: Also, I don’t actually think Tasia is thinking you “need to waste money”. If you want it, buy it. If not, then don’t. I agree completely with Alice’s comments, the patterns are carefully thought out, made to be easy to understand and read, and especially designed for differently proportioned women. Plus, I find I get much more out of sewing a Sewaholic Pattern than I do a Simplicity Pattern. There’s something really personal about them: knowing that Tasia listened to feedback, sketched it all out, wrote careful, clear instructions with us in mind. You just don’t get that from the Big 4, and I think that’s why I feel a-ok paying the minimal 20 dollars for a dress/skirt/top I’ll make over and over. Plus, the Big 4 can afford to sell patterns for a buck. Tasia is a independent business owner, not a multinational million dollar company.

  65. Manda June 24, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    This is beautiful! I’ve never made clothes but I think I am going to have to learn!

  66. Samina June 24, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    Lovely pattern, Tasia! I’m looking forward to its release! I agree with all of Alice’s points in response to Linda, so I’m not going repeat them all. I’ve been a knitter for about 10 years now & it’s important to me to support the independent designers, dyers & yarn stores, so I feel the same way about indie pattern designers. Since I feel like I’ve been here (as a blog reader) since the birth of Sewaholic patterns, I’m going to do my best to support this new business.

  67. Samina June 24, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    Just adding one thing – I feel that I’m getting my money’s worth.

  68. Nadia June 24, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    If you can find me a $1 Simplicity dress pattern that is a) user friendly enough for a novice seamstress and b) fits my body type perfectly, Linda, I’ll make you a freaking medal.
    I’m the only one in my family who doesn’t sew regularly to one degree or another, and when I made myself a bunch of clothing with my mother’s help back in May, the only pattern that was so user-friendly and comprehensive that I raved about it for the rest of the day was the Crescent skirt. I made the entire thing by myself. I didn’t think i was capable of that and it certainly wasn’t the case with the other patterns I was using from other companies.
    I also have about a 16″ difference between my hip and waist measurements. I can’t alter patterns by myself because i’m not knowledgeable enough, and being able to make a skirt that fits PERFECTLY when following the pattern word-for-word is a completely new and refreshing experience for me. Worth $20? Yup, definitely. Quality often costs money and I’ll happily pay it, especially to support an independent business owned by a wonderful person who is doing a spectacular job of following her dreams.

  69. Petra June 24, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Gorgeous!!! I’ve been looking for the perfect pattern for pear shapes and this is it!!! I can’t wait!!!

  70. julia June 24, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    What a lovely dress. I’ll be making it for sure, even though it might not at all work for me (I don’t know, I’ve never had a dress that fit – I am a tall rectangle with no bust but with a belly…).

    I am very very happy to hear there’s going to be another sew-along.

    I actually feel that I do get way more than my money’s worth in Sewaholic Patterns. Not only do I get a pattern, I also get several hours worth of an almost personalized sewing course: thoughtfully written and easy to understand Sew-Along posts and a “teacher” always there to answer questions. I honestly don’t know how it could get any better. Well, unless the next pattern is pants, I need to learn how to sew those… :)

  71. Sherry June 24, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    This dress looks really lovely Tasia! I can see it working in lots of different fabrics too. Great job!

  72. Jessica June 24, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    Cute! I really like the tie back. I’m planning to order this, along with the crescent skirt soon (I have seen so many cute versions of that skirt!)

  73. Caroline C. June 24, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    Holy…How lovely! I was hoping you’d have sample pictures of course. I’ll order this in the pre-sale with the Pendrell blouse too. I love the names of the patterns….when I walk around the city, sometimes I come along the landmarks you’ve named them as. :D

  74. Rachel June 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    That dress is TO DIE FOR!!!! I will be ordering this.

  75. daiyami June 24, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    Another reply to Linda: isn’t the sticker price on Simplicity more like $15? Joann or Hancock or whatever big box craft you have periodically puts them on sale for $1 to get you into the store and buying other things. All big stores advertise “loss leaders” like this. It doesn’t mean that the work that goes into designing, instructing, printing, is actually only WORTH a dollar, even to Simplicity.

    Plus ditto to what others said.

  76. Susan June 24, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    I cannot wait to make this dress!! I love both the other patterns, but this is almost exactly what I’ve been looking for in a dress pattern!

  77. Debi June 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    YAY! Fabulous new pattern Tasia! It is absolutely stunning! I love the bodice and back details and the fabric you used for the mock-up is so beautiful! I agree with Alice and Sofia’s comments. Your products are fabulous. I am definitely one happy customer!!!

  78. Susan June 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    I also, do not consider the money I’m spending on this pattern to be a waste. I feel like I get out of it what I put in – wonderful instructions, accurate sizing, and great sewing advice.

  79. Tilly June 24, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    It’s gorgeous! I love the tie detail and the 1970s style. It looks great in that fabric and I can imagine it in lots of other fabrics too (ooh, black and white stripes…)

    Although I’m seriously tempted, this one isn’t for me as I don’t look good in that kind of neckline (plus I’ve never found a strapless bra I feel comfortable in). So I shall just sit here seething with jealousy as I look at the multiple gorgeous versions of this dress that will inevitably start popping up on the blogosphere soon!

    Well done on your excellent work. You are such an inspiration! Oh and I hope you haven’t for a second considered reducing your price (I’m sure you haven’t). As you say, a lot of work goes into making these patterns, you’re not a mammoth-scale factory, and your patterns are high value. You’d never be in a position to compete with the big four on price – your point of differentiation is the loveliness of the patterns, the thought that goes into your blog, and the personal touch. We love you, Tasia! :)

  80. Rebecca June 24, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    Love the dress. I would choose your pattern over a similar simplicity any day. Your packaging is way cuter. I’ve hung a string on my wall and attached the pattern envelopes with clothes pins and voila sewing art! Plus I like that I’m supporting a young entrepreneur. I woud also like to add that I have a friend that buys your patterns because you do a sewalong with each one. She feels like she’s getting her own private lesson. You don’t see simplicity doing that!!!

    As far as the bra situation goes- if you wore a bra that unhooks at the back you could crisscross the straps in the front and reattach them in the back and I think they might be hidden. That’s my plan.

  81. Claire June 24, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    Gorgeous! Might actually have to brave international shipping for this!

  82. Sewingdina June 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    I knew even from the pattern picture that this would be a flattering dress and you haven’t disappointed! The neckline is incredibly flattering and I love the amount of coverage over the bust. I will definitely be buying this one.

  83. Annabelle June 24, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    Hi Tasia, I just purchased the pattern and cannot wait for it to arrive! Your patterns are of such great quality that they are the only ones I am willing to shell out big bucks for (okay it isn’t that much, but most of my patterns lately have been thrift store finds). Your Pendrell was a perfect fit and I am so excited to see how this pattern will look on me. I need a summer dress just like this. I’m also really looking forward to your sew along for this dress – I haven’t had a chance to join your other sew alongs – so I’m really thrilled to have pre-ordered this one.

  84. Stephanie June 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    Oooooh… I think I’m going to have to buy this one. I LOVE halter-style dresses!!!

  85. CuriousGem June 24, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    I love it. I was hoping for either a dress or a pencil skirt. Could we have more pics of the back straps please – maybe I’m being a bit blonde but I don’t understand how it works!
    I understand Linda’s concerns about the price. I haven’t bought a Sewaholic pattern yet but the feedback I’ve seen about how clear the instructions are is convincing me. As the others comment, the value of that to me as a beginner is worth the extra few ¬£s. And I too like supporting an entrepreneur.

  86. Caroline June 24, 2011 at 4:20 pm #


    To add to the discussion sparked by Linda’s comments — Tasia’s sew-alongs are basically private and FREE sewing lessons. If you don’t want to consider it free, consider them as included in the price of buying the pattern. THAT’S A REALLY GOOD DEAL. $20 for a pattern and sewing lessons? Rock bottom prices that’s what that is. And all her information and advice is archived on the website at the public’s perusal at anytime. Now that’s amazing customer service right there. Definitely worth paying more than $2 for a Simplicity Pattern (although to be fair, Simplicity has begun hosting sew-alongs as well but I have yet to join one).

  87. learningnewtricks June 24, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    What a lovely dress. You matched the pattern print beautifully and it is partially what makes your example of this pattern even more attractive. I have a lot of garments in several stages of construction, so I’ll have to wait and purchase it in the future.

    From what I’ve read on other blogs, people rave about your patterns, that they are reader friendly, they love the sew-a-longs, your detailed directions, and the finished product. As to the price, it takes the big companies thousands of dollars to make a new pattern, which is the reason why patterns are now multi-sized (plus they have thousands of employees who rely on pattern sales). Stores selling patterns for $1 offer us a great deal, but it’s not for the manufacturers. When the patterns are sold for such bargain prices, the big companies end up experiencing a financial loss. As a result, companies end up taking their business to other countries for cheap labor in order to provide us with low prices.

    Independent pattern makers don’t have the financial resources to provide patterns at such low prices. Despite the lack of limited funding, they provide excellent patterns, reader friendly directions, appreciate feedback and make adjustments to their patterns when possible, offer quality products, excellent communication, and create beautiful patterns. In Tasia’s case, she provides outstanding customer service, offers great a great sewing resource through her blog, offers sew-a-longs, and customizes patterns to a specialized segment of society. Not to mention that she is willing to research how to adjust pattern concerns, such as the FBA.

  88. Cidell June 24, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    That is supercute.

  89. The Sew Convert June 24, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    This is just so pretty! Definitely in my must sew list!

  90. auzzi June 24, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    I’m so glad the latest pattern is a dress! It looks really lovely in the pictures. I especially love the detail in the back with the straps. So clever! Do you think the gathering at the bust line would be too full for a DD cup size? Also, I want to reiterate what many commenters have already noted– the quality of instruction and the cut of the patterns totally justify the price. And Sewaholic Patterns gets extra credit in my books for being a. local (for me) and b. independent. Keep up the good work!

  91. Angelina S. June 24, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    I LOVE IT. A must buy, for sure!

  92. K-Line June 24, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    What a great design – and you look terrific in it. Alas, I fall into that category of sewists who must wear a bra – and who doesn’t love the feel of a strapless for day-wear which (at my size) is very structured. But I look forward to your next dress design!

  93. Nadia Lewis June 24, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    Love it! :D

  94. Amy (quixoticpixels) June 24, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    Oh, that is absolutely lovely! I wish I could wear something like that, but haven’t yet found a comfortable and supportive strapless bra. If you have recommendations for that, I’d love to hear them.

  95. Becky June 24, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    Another bra option (since I’m another one that can’t go without) is to use one that interchanges with the clear plastic straps! Not a perfect solution, but almost invisible. (At least on my pale skin!)

    It’s been interesting to follow the pricing discussion. I’ll flat-out say that Tasia’s patterns are significantly more than I usually pay for a pattern–I generally use things like the Burda patterns I downloaded back when BurdaStyle was mostly free, patterns traced out from Burda magazines, the Big 4 patterns that I pick up at Joann’s on those famous 5 for $5 type sales, etc. So far, I’ve only made the Pendrell (the Crescent is on my list but I haven’t gotten to it yet), but I really saw a difference in how much thought went into the pattern. The instructions were perfectly clear, the sew-along posts were a wonderful supplement, and it’s been really fun to see the different versions that have popped up so far! And although I did have to alter things a bit on the Pendrell to fit my non-pear-shaped upper half, it still came together beautifully. (And no tracing out/taping together of a ton of pieces of paper to cobble the pattern together!)

    So, yes. Though it’s a bit on the pricier end, I think it was worth it. Tasia obviously puts a lot of time and thought into her designs, and I love that she’s working to fill a gap in the usual pattern market. Definitely something I’m willing to support.

  96. Sara June 24, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    Wow, that’s a lot of comments! I haven’t read all of them but I agree with Sula that it looks like you can just wear it without adjusting and fiddling with it. Even though it shows off some skin in a flirty way, you don’t have to worry about stuff hanging out the top if you bend over. The high neckline with the low hemline makes it actually quite modest while being cool and breezy. I own the Pendrell and the Crescent patterns although I haven’t sewn them up yet. I would pay $20 per pattern even without the sewalongs, but the sewalongs definitely put it over the top in terms of value. Also I’m a B cup and go braless all the time so that’s not an issue for me.

  97. msmodiste June 24, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    Well, I’m a larger-busted lady and I’m going to attempt this anyway! Thankfully I FINALLY found a strapless bra I can wear easily and comfortably (after about a decade of searching) so this could totally work if I can figure out how to execute an FBA. (And yes, it’s totally worth every penny, for all the reasons listed above and more :D)

  98. msmodiste June 24, 2011 at 11:40 pm #

    Tasia – just a quick question. Do you think it would be possible to adapt this pattern to use a knit instead of a woven? That might help out us larger-busted ladies with the fitting? (Plus it would probably look super cute in a knit!)

  99. Karen June 24, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    Hi Tasia,
    Congratulations! This is a beautiful dress. I am just having trouble visualizing how the straps work. If the zipper is in the back, how do you tie the bow once it is zipped up? Or is the zipper on the side and you tie the bow before putting it on? Do you have a line drawing of the back? Thanks.

  100. Ida June 25, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    Just bought it – looking forward to a great summer. Thanks Tasia!

  101. Kristen June 25, 2011 at 12:17 am #

    I LOVE it! It looks so wearable and comfy! Well done!

  102. Amy June 25, 2011 at 12:56 am #

    Bravo, Tasia! I am so happy to finally see the actual dress. Your teaser email was nice, but I just love being able to see the dress “in person.” Keep up the great work, and I look forward to more fun Sew-Alongs!

  103. raqskie June 25, 2011 at 1:43 am #

    I can’t wait for this pattern. Your previous two have been easy to make with clever, thoughtful instructions and have produced clothes I feel excited about wearing. I appreciate the time and effort that has gone into making these patterns such a pleasure to use and I very much appreciate the time you put into your sew a longs.

  104. KathleenS June 25, 2011 at 3:42 am #

    It’s lovely but I’m another one for whom the bra thing would limit the amount I wore the finished product (and I’m a small-busted pear).

    I love that it’s not a halter.

  105. auzzi June 25, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    In reference to Amy’s question about strapless bras, I recommend Fantasie’s strapless/convertible bra. I’m a DD and had a really hard time finding a good strapless bra. This bra is more supportive without straps than some of my bras WITH straps. Also, you have the option of wearing it with straps, with criss-crossed straps, or even halter style (but since the straps are set far apart at the front it wouldn’t work for this dress). It is expensive (I paid 150 CDN two years ago) but being able to jump in a strapless bra with minimal bounce is worth the price tag for me, not to mention being able to wear spaghetti straps, one-shouldered and strapless tops and dresses. Hope this helps.

  106. Sewing Princess June 25, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    I love this dress! I actually bought some yellow fabric yesterday and was thinking of making something like that…can’t wait to get my hands on it :o)

  107. angie.a June 25, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    I’m afraid this one would be a Pass for me. You’re a cutie and look adorable in it, but you also don’t have to worry about the bust issues I do (and most people do, actually). You’re severely limiting sale of this one by not providing an alternate bodice that works WITH a bra. Hope you don’t mind the honest critique.

  108. Anna | Mormor hade stil June 25, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    The dress is super cute and the fabric is fabulous!

  109. Lucy June 25, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    Doesn’t worry me – I’m a D-DD (depending on the bra brand) and I see no problems with wearing this, albeit with a strapless bra. I’m used to having to choose clothes based on whether or not the bra will be visible, and hey, if I’m making it, then no problem.

    It’s ordered, along with the Pendrell and Crescent, which I’ve been coveting for a while and finally bit the bullet ;-)

  110. daiyami June 25, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    Just ordered it and looking forward to sewing it!

    (for your biz research, I’ll admit that I’m hesitant about the design of the bodice. I have a decent strapless but I prefer a real bra, and I’ve never tried this neckline. They say halters/necklines like this are good for pear-shapes by drawing attention upward but I’ve never found them ultimately flattering on me. But buying it anyhow to support and learn when I do the sewalong after the fact. Also pretty sure I’ll eventually be good enough to modify the top of the bodice. AND, really intrigued by the potential of a non-empire waist maxi dress.)

  111. Krista June 25, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    I wish it came in size 18,

  112. Kris June 25, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    Oh, that is SO cute! The neckline is something that doesn’t look good on me, nor can I get away with a strapless bra. However, I can hardly wait to see other people make and wear the dress!

  113. aleah June 26, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    Love love love it! I’m so excited! I for one love halter styles (I’m very small busted), and the knot front/bow back is the cutest variation on the style I’ve seen in a long time. Plus I’ve been wanting a seersucker dress for a while and this’ll be perfect! Do I really have to wait for it to be printed? ;)

  114. Vicki Kate June 26, 2011 at 4:26 am #

    @Vicki Kate:

    Hmm, comments about strapless bras has got me thinking! It wouldn’t be cleavage-flashy so I think I’ll add this and would love to join a sewalong!

  115. Rebekah June 26, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    I love this dress! I also love the fabric! I really love that it has pockets. That is my biggest complaint with most dresses. I carry all sorts of stuff in pockets, and when I don’t have them, I feel awkward and unprepared.

  116. msmodiste June 26, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    All this discussion has gotten me thinking, and I’d like to throw my 2c into the mix. It’s disappointing to look forward to something only to find it won’t work for you. And if the goal is to please the highest number of people (and it might be) then perhaps tank straps might have served that purpose. But I can’t help but think, when you try to please everyone you don’t really please anyone. Some basic workhorse garment patterns would be great of course, But I think that could also get tiresome and I’m glad to see thoughtful design details. Hopefully some of those who are apprehensive (admittedly including myself!) might come up with some clever modifications or try something new… Or be better pleased by pattern #4!

  117. amra June 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    This is the best pattern so far which make me want to order and try. I think the neckline would look good on broad shoulders.

  118. Amy (quixoticpixels) June 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    Thanks for the info, auzzi! I’m going to check that brand out.

    I personally love the fact that Tasia is offering designs with out-of-the-ordinary design details. No, they won’t work for everyone, but that’s to be expected. There are plenty of patterns for basics out there. Keep the interesting ones coming!

    I’m totally going to spring for this pattern if I can work out the bra situation. Off to do some lingerie shopping :)

  119. Joolz June 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    Pear-shaped does not equal no-boobs-to-be-considered and so this pattern is just bad (as many of the previous comments have born out). If I am seeing the pictures correctly then it appears that there is a centre seam on the skirt, the midriff and the bust sections. If that it so, then it’s a pattern I can see many, many women not wanting to buy.

    You have admitted that you don’t wear your vogue dress because, for one of many reasons, you don’t like it being strapless, and you then produce a virtually strapless (as it will feel to most people) pattern. This seems very strange to me.

    The neckline of this dress will suit very few people, and some of those very few people will feel it necessary to wear a bra. The market for this dress pattern is absolutely tiny – pear shaped women with tiny, pert boobs; or those who have a strapless bra in which they feel comfortable.

    It looks very cute on you, but I feel you have missed your market. I actually hope I am wrong because I love independent pattern companies and want them to succeed,


  120. kristin June 26, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    i LOVE it! i especially love that the neckline is unique and forms the shoulder straps, can’t wait to make this one!

  121. Peta June 27, 2011 at 3:57 am #

    I hadn’t planned on commenting but after reading the comments above I feel like I have to. I just wanted to say that I think this dress is absolutely lovely and I’m rather shocked at the critiques it’s getting. Of course it won’t work for everybody – no pattern will. I can’t understand why people think that they should. There are many patterns that don’t work for me (the crescent skirt included) but it’s no reason to get up in arms, I just move on to a pattern that DOES work for me. Some people seem to think you should be focusing on more basic patterns but frankly, those are a dime a dozen and aren’t the kind of patterns that get me excited about shopping at small, independent companies such as yours. What DOES are patterns with interesting or unusual design details – just like this one.

    So I guess what I really wanted to say was, the dress is great, and you’re doing great. Keep it up!

  122. Jane June 27, 2011 at 6:27 am #

    Congratulations on another lovely pattern Tasia, I’m sure it will be a great success. I just wanted to add a point to the discussion re value for money. I’m now on my third version of the Pendrell blouse, which in my book makes it very good value for money. Keep up the good work! x

  123. julie s June 27, 2011 at 6:58 am #


    Amen, Peta!

    It’s a beautiful dress with a unique neckline and I can’t wait to give it a try! Great work as usual, Tasia!

  124. Shari June 27, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    Love this pattern! The neckline is so pretty and I love how you can tie a bow at the back.

  125. Sofia June 27, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    Goodness gracious, people are relentless! I’ve tried this dress on, as I’m usually the test bunny (I’m her sister), and this dress is surprisingly sturdy and comfortable. I myself hate strapless, and this dress feels nothing like a strapless dress. It’s not a halter dress, it’s a dress with straps that form a neat knot at the front. So you definitely feel like you’re wearing a dress that’s firmly held in place. I agree with Peta, It’s slightly weird to expect every single pattern from Sewaholic to work for you. It’s not going to, just as not every Vogue pattern works for me.

    I highly recommend this dress for people who are interested in it, as it’s ridiculously flattering on (love the waistband!), very comfortable, and very easy to wear a bra, or go braless.

  126. Sofia June 27, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    Also, here’s an awesome convertible bra that would work perfectly:

  127. Law June 27, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    Hi Tasia,

    I’m a big busted girl, and this dress makes me determined to find a good straples bra, just so i can make this. It looks really flattering for pear shapes (as I’m one of them too). Will your uk sellers (like sew box) get this pattern soon?

  128. Zilredloh June 27, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    At first I thought you were just modeling your newest creation, and then slowly realized that this is a Tasia pattern made for us! I nearly squeed with the thought that I can make this myself too.

    Yay for Londsdale!

  129. Robin June 27, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    @linda: Patterns made by an independent seamstress are definitely more expensive. But in my opinion, you get what you pay for. Patterns done by independent designers, such as Sewaholic, Colette Patterns, Oliver + S, are all priced similarly and include tons of helpful details that will help you construct not only the item but future garments as well. They tend to include sewing instruction you won’t find in many other pattern brands. They tend to fit very well… and if I’m going to spend hours sewing a piece of clothing, I’d rather put more money out for a better written pattern. Finally, these patterns are made by independent seamstresses who are making their living by writing and selling patterns. If I like the pattern and think I will use it, I am happy to support people like Tasia, and I don’t feel that the money I spent was a waste. These things are all important to me. If you find the pattern to be overpriced, well, then you don’t have to buy it! While you said you didn’t mean to be disrespectful, unfortunately your post did come across that way, as this is Tasia’s personal work and livelihood. I’m guessing she couldn’t afford to draft, write, test, grade, produce and ship each pattern for $1.

  130. saima June 27, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    As cute as the dress is I think it will not look good on pear shaped people.Reason..shoulders look smaller not being covered and the butt will look bigger

  131. Sofia June 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    @Zilredloh: I wish I could upvote you for saying SQUEEE!

  132. Robin June 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    and also, I LOVE this dress. Tasia, I hope the negative comments haven’t affected you- you do gorgeous work and I look forward to seeing what’s next! :-)

  133. Ryan June 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    One of the reasons that I’m excited to try this dress pattern is that it looks like a halter top, but isn’t. I feel that halter tops always gape at the back and show my bra. Now that I’ve seen the back of this dress, I’m thinking about converting two RTW halter tops for a similar fit.

    And, this dress would be a perfect pattern to try Gertie’s shirring tutorial on!

  134. Casey June 27, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    I’m a bit behind, but wanted to say I love your new pattern, Tasia! The design is beautiful; so classic and yet very up-to-date. Love the back knot detail especially–clever! :)

  135. Jaime June 28, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    I agree with your sister – there is a wide pattern marketplace with many options and not any one pattern company makes 100% of their patterns according to my personal style. I LOVE the dress plan to just figure out the undergarment situation in order to make it work, even though I too am not small busted. Great work and keep it up. Can’t wait to see the next one…and the next one… :)

  136. Jane Elise June 30, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Why would people feel the need to comment that they don’t like the pattern? You would be very busy writing to the Big 4 for every pattern they brought out that you didn’t like or didn’t suit you. Honestly, people are just rude! The internet has given people permission to say things they would never say to someone’s face.

  137. Jane Elise June 30, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    Just to clarify, I’m not talking about people who are saying honestly that it wouldn’t work for them. There have been some very nice comments from people who won’t buy it but say how lovely it is. But people who are basically saying the pattern is a ‘mistake’ and Tasia has been ‘wrong’ to issue it. Very discouraging for a small business start-up. Tasia is a smart gal and if sales aren’t as good for this one as others I’m sure she will tweak designs and move on.

  138. CuriousGem July 1, 2011 at 3:24 am #

    I agree with Jane, I’ve been quite astonished at the tone in which some of the comments have been made. We know Tasia likes feedback and of course it will help her design better selling products but there are ways of saying things. I wonder if it’s because we feel we know Tasia so much better than the big pattern makers and therefore somehow ‘own’ her designs. Clearly some of the commenters seem to think that because Tasia takes their comments into account that somehow means she designs for them personally.

    I don’t think T has ever stated who her target market are beyond pear shaped ladies, so to assume that they have big boobs and therefore this isn’t suitable is a bit crazy. Before people criticise they should consider that Tasia is ONE person, this is her first year in business and she (like us all) is still learning. As with all suppliers the world over, not every pattern will suit everyone.

    What the comments have shown though is the value of market research. Obviously Tasia has a business plan in mind but I know I would be happy to do a survey, if she wanted to do one. For example, I hadn’t realised that this pattern has centre front seams and personally I hate them. I don’t know why.

  139. Lauren July 1, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    Oh my gosh, this is SOOOOO cute!!! I absolutely love it, and your fabric is adorable!
    Totally reminds me of 1940s beach dresses.
    Added to my wish list! :)

  140. Dawn Lourenco July 8, 2011 at 12:42 am #

    I love it, but it looks impossible to wear a bra with it….. bummer.

  141. Jane July 9, 2011 at 4:24 am #

    I just adore this dress and was quite excited to see it pop up in the blogasphere! Great work Tasia, I am an obsessive sewing of vintage styles and pattern hunter and collector… and personally see a gap for a bodice style like this.

    I am large busted (a 32E) and while I prefer to wear clothes that day to day don’t require a ‘special’ bra (e.g. strapless) I will absolutely wear a dress like this when the occasion calls for it. I also have a small waist and big hips so designs that utilise a nipped in waist and full skirt are heaven to me – love ’em.

    And pockets – brilliant touch – I put them in everything I can!

  142. Krystle July 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Oh, I am so happy to see this dress!!! Lovely, so glad you made it. :)

  143. debbi January 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    do love the dress – and you look adorable in the dress. can’t wait to see the long version.


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