Lonsdale Dress: Envelope Back and PDF

Happy Monday, everyone! Thanks for all of your comments last Friday on the new pattern, the Lonsdale Dress. It’s exciting to see so many positive comments on the dress! I totally understand that it’s not for everyone, style is such a personal matter. That’s why sewing is so wonderful – you have a multitude of style, fabric, and colour options to choose from, and can customize your projects to suit your taste. Don’t worry if you aren’t a fan of this dress, there are more new patterns to come this year!

By request, I’ve posted the Envelope Front and Back images and PDF files for the Lonsdale Dress. Sizing, fabric requirements, and back view illustrations are all here for your reference.

Check out the super-cute back straps that tie in a bow! If you really didn’t like the bow, you could sew them down flat, but it’s so nice to have them adjustable. Plus it’s easier to press the ties when you wash the dress if you can untie them and flatten them out.

Here’s the Envelope Back image, so you can see the information:

I’ve also included a PDF file to save to your computer. Or if you have the iPhone, you can save it to your iBooks! Handy for flipping through when you’re at the fabric store. Or print out a copy to take with you when you go fabric-shopping.

Click here to view the Envelope Back in PDF format.

Metric conversions are coming soon! If you’re in need of the metric fabric requirements right away, simply multiply the yard requirements by 0.9144. For example, if you need 3 yards, multiply 3 x 0.9144 = 2.75 metres.

PS. Like the look of this pattern? Sign up to the mailing list for the pre-sale link and special offer. I’m excited to report that presales are going extremely well so far, and we’re just getting started!

PPS. Some of you wanted to see how the back straps and tie are constructed. The back view diagram might help, but I’ll also take some photos and show you how it all comes together!

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25 Responses to Lonsdale Dress: Envelope Back and PDF

  1. Elizabeth June 27, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    Congrats! The new pattern is lovely!

  2. Amanda June 27, 2011 at 6:25 am #

    Thanks for the iBooks recommendation! I just got the iPhone and was looking into sewing apps but none of them got good ratings. All I really needed was a place to store the backs of patterns so iBooks looks great.

    Love the back details of the dress and the bow! As a bow alternative maybe people can just double knot it and let the ends hang down the back?

  3. Claire (aka Seemane) June 27, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    Yay! I’ve already pre-ordered my Lonsdale pattern :)

    P.S. Too late now I’d guess, but for a future re-print the notions lists on the back of the envelope says Threads twice!

  4. Charlotte June 27, 2011 at 6:56 am #

    Hi Tasia !
    I love this pattern ! I ordered it on Friday but didn’t receive any email confirmation :( Is it normal ?
    I am looking forward to seeing all the other patterns you have planned for this year.

  5. Nat June 27, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    Oh, this is beautiful! I can’t wait to try this pattern and, most importantly, wear the dress! The back bow is such a cute detail.

    But as a beginner in the lovely world of sewing, I have two potentially silly questions: 1. is it possible to add padding to the dress or would it look weird because of the neckline design? and 2. I have the most beautiful second hand sari made of lovely soft yellow silk. Do you think the fabric could work for this design or should I find something a bit sturdier?


  6. Sunni June 27, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    This is terribly exciting! I have just the fabric too! Oh I’m so excited for this pattern! xoxo, Sunni

  7. ms. modiste June 27, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    Oh I love that the bow detail is actually the straps! That’s genius!

  8. Nancy June 27, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    Oh Tasia, this pattern cover looks so great. I’m also totally pumped that it only calls for 4 yards of fabric.

  9. dixie June 27, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    love it! great styling :) I can’t wait to try this one out!

  10. Ryan June 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    @Nat – if you want to use the silk sari but think it might be too fragile or soft – try underlining the dress.

  11. Jane Elise June 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Ha, you’re such a tease Tasia ;) Just kidding. I love that you are giving us lots of information before the release. I’m also really excited. I hope have lots and lots of success with this.

  12. amra June 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    hello Tasia,

    I’d like to order the pattern, but according to the measurement chart I am size 8 at the bust and size 0 at the hips. Is it OK if I order size 8?

  13. Caroline C. June 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm #


    Hey I’m not Tasia but I thought I’d help. The pattern is multi-sized so you get ALL the sizes. But then your matter becomes a matter of which size to cut/alter to get the measurements you need for your body.

  14. Ida June 27, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    Tasia, will there be one of your great sew-a-longs?


  15. Nat June 28, 2011 at 4:48 am #

    @Ryan: thanks for the tip and the very helpful link!

  16. Anotheryarn June 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    I love this dress, simple but girly. And pockets! I have a striped grey shirting that has been waiting for the right pattern. I think this is it. But, um, how hard is it tie the straps into a bow in the back? That doesn’t look like something I’d be able to do myself.

  17. fangaroni June 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    This pattern is so darling! I read the other post, and am surprised to see so many people think that one pattern will satisfy all people… Anyhow I really love this dress and have to seriously ponder if it will look good on me, bc I really want it :)

  18. Uta June 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    Your new dress pattern is lovely! Congratulations on another great design.

  19. Tasia June 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    Thanks everyone!! :)

    Amanda, you’re right, you could just double-knot it and let the ends dangle down the back. That’s what I would do if I was wearing a sweater or jacket on top, if you could see the bow otherwise!

    @Claire (aka Seemane): Oh no! Well, thanks for pointing it out, it’s amazing how you can look at something a hundred times and it looks just fine to you :)

    @Charlotte: Hi Charlotte, thanks for pre-ordering! I’ll send out an email confirmation once your order has shipped. And I did get your order, I remember seeing your name!

    @Nat: For the silk, you could underline it for extra body and to protect the silk, if you were concerned it was too lightweight! I have a silk here that I’d like to try for this dress, and I’m planning to underline it because it’s slightly sheer and very thin. I’ll probably use cotton batiste so that it’s soft under the silk, unless I find something that works even better!

    @ms. modiste: Yes! It is the straps, I’m going to take some photos and show exactly how the straps tie on the dress. I thought it was pretty cool too!

    @Nancy: Yay! And here I thought asking for 4 yards of fabric was a lot, I’m glad to know it doesn’t put anyone off the pattern! It’s because the skirt is flared, so the skirt pieces are big wide triangles :)

    @Ryan: Thanks for jumping in here! Underlining is a great way to add structure to a super lightweight fabric. Or a very precious and delicate fabric.

    @amra: Hello! All of the sizes are included in one envelope, so you don’t have to choose just one size. If you’re a size 8 at the bust then I’d suggest making the size 8, and then narrowing the skirt if you find it’s too full around the hips.

    @Caroline C.: Thanks for jumping in here, too! :)

    @Ida: I would love to do another sew-along! It looks like there’s plenty of people that would also like to sew this dress together, so it’s a go! Once the patterns arrive, we can figure out when would be a good time to start.

    @Anotheryarn: Striped grey shirting would be lovely! You may want to get extra fabric for matching the stripes, and cut some of the pieces on the cross grain so the stripes are where you want them. On the back, it says not suitable for stripes, but if you’re up for the challenge it can be done! :)

    It’s a little tricky to tie a perfect bow at the back. But it can be done! I can tie a nicer bow myself, than if I ask Mr Sewaholic to tie it for me. :) The ties are long enough so it’s possible to tie them reaching around the back.

    @fangaroni: Thanks! I know, it’s great to get feedback but style is such a personal thing, so it is hard to please everyone! If you’re not sure, wait until more people have made up the dress so you can see it on different bodies. I’ll put up more photos of the dress in different fabrics over the next few weeks as well, in case that helps! :)

  20. Marina June 29, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Hi Tasia,

    I already pre-ordered this dress – I really love it – and while I do want to make one in woven fabric, I was wondering whether good quality (silk) jersey would also be suitable for this style.


  21. Tasia June 29, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    @Marina: Hi Marina! That’s a good question about whether silk jersey would work for this style, I bet a lot of people would like to know about using knit fabrics! My concern would be the straps – they tie in a knot and then go around the back to tie in the bow, I’d worry that the stitching on a jersey fabric would snap if the straps were stretched. You’d probably want to reinforce your stitching around the straps, perhaps with stay tape, so that if you pull the straps the stitching won’t break. Other than that, the skirt would drape wonderfully in silk jersey, and the bodice doesn’t need too much structure as the straps hold it in place. It sure would be luxurious and comfortable to wear! I hope this helps.

  22. Marina June 30, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    Thanks Tasia, these are great tips! I am looking forward to your Sew-Along – my first!

  23. Ryan July 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    @Tasia: I have a halter dress with long ties at the neck and waist made out of a rayon jersey so in theory it should work. A serger would probably do the best job with this, but the triple stitch might work too.

  24. Amy July 2, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    Hi Tasia, a quick question for you. When I saw your pattern in my email, I knew exactly what fabric I wanted to use to make it. But, I’ve been a bit non-committal since I only have three yards of the fabric, and the pattern calls for four yards. Will I be able to squeeze the dress out of three yards of 45″ wide fabric? I noticed you said in a previous comment that the four yards was due to the flare of the skirt. Could I just cut back on the flare? Do you think I’ll lose the effect you were going for with this pattern if my skirt ends up being less flared in order to use the fabric I want? Thanks!

  25. heather July 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    I’d love to join in on a sew-along.

    Another quick question for you – any chance you’ll put together an adjustment with a pencil skirt? As much as I love the skirt as it is, it would be so flattering for some of us on a pencil skirt.