Lonsdale Sew-Along #1: Supply List and Schedule

Hello, Sew-Alongers! Today’s post is a list of supplies you’ll need to follow along with us, as well as the schedule, re-posted for your reference.

I’ll talk a little bit about each item on the supply list to explain what it’s used for. Also, I’ve listed some optional supplies for this project too – things you can add to your project for extra quality and flair.

For earlier Sew-Along preparation posts, check out these links:

Supply List:

The Lonsdale Dress pattern, of course!

Thread. All-purpose polyester thread has the most colour options and works on any type of fabric.

16″ (40 cm) zipper. I’ll be using a regular zipper, but you can use an invisible zipper if you prefer. The sewing steps leading up to the zipper, and after the zipper are the same regardless of zipper type!

Fusible interfacing. What for? For the loops and for the waistband. You can use sew-in interfacing if you like! If it’s really hot where you live, or you plan to wear this dress on vacation in a tropical climate, using a lightweight cotton fabric instead of interfacing may be more suitable. It’s just the waistband though, so it won’t make a huge difference either way.

Optional Supplies:

Stay tape. On one of my samples, I used stay tape to reinforce the upper edge of the bodice. It’s not critical, but it will help your dress keep its shape over time.

Lace or seam binding for the hem. A lace-trimmed hem is so pretty! Contrast seam binding looks great as well. Or choose a coordinating colour for a simpler look.

Lining or underlining. If your fabric is slightly sheer, you may want to underline it for modesty. Maybe you just want to line the skirt for an extra layer of coverage?

Here’s what you’ll need if you want to underline the whole dress, or line the skirt:

  • Underlining: Entire fabric requirement – so if you need 3 yards of main fabric, you’ll need 3 yards of underlining as well
  • Lining: If you’re lining just the skirt, you’ll need twice your skirt length. Measure the length of your pattern piece, and if the skirt length is 28″, you’ll need 56″ of lining fabric = just over one and a half yards of lining. Be careful, lining is usually narrow in width! To be extra-sure, bring your pattern pieces to the fabric store and test them out.

Sew-Along Schedule:

One last time, here is the schedule for your reference! Any questions on supplies, schedule, or anything else Sew-Along related?

Are you sewing along? Introduce yourself in the comments and say hi to the other Sew-Alongers!

26 Responses to Lonsdale Sew-Along #1: Supply List and Schedule

  1. Sewing Princess July 25, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    I am so happy to be joining you for my first Sewaholic sew-along. I am Silvia, aka Sewing Princess, and I currently live in Italy. I will be using a cotton fabric in a slightly geometric design in red, white and grey. I plan to make the shorter version. I can’t wait to see all your dresses and learning new techniques.

  2. Roisin July 25, 2011 at 6:38 am #


    I’ll be sewing along – I haven’t picked out my fabric yet but I’m going shopping in London at the weekend, no doubt I’ll find something fabulous then. I am very excited about this – and my baby sister has said she might like a full length Lonsdale for her bridesmaid dresses next year, it’ll be good practice for me!


  3. Alessa July 25, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    Hi Tasia! I would love to sew along, but I’ll be away for the first three weeks of August, so I’ll probably join in later. I’m looking forward to your posts, I love that you’re incorporating some techniques like understitching and stay tape, which I’ve never used before…

  4. Kat July 25, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    Hello! I will be sewing along. I did the crescent skirt sewalong which was my first attempt at making clothes, and found it very helpful – I learnt so much! I am excited to be taking part in the Lonsdale dress sewalong and plan to wear the dress for a wedding in August. My fabric is with a green flower print. I can’t wait to get started :)

  5. Zilredloh July 25, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    Hey guys! My name is Liz (from zilredloh.com) and I’m hoping to take part in the Lonsdale SAL once I’ve choosen some fun fabric (hopefully I can do some stash busting).

    And Tasia: I LOVE that you posted up a schedule for us. It’s really, really helpful for me to be able to plan out my evenings in advance since I work a regular 9-5 job.

  6. Caroline July 25, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    Hi! I’m planning to sew along, though might be a bit behind all the rest of you. I’m sewing in a black cotton sateen. Can’t wait to see everyone’s dresses!

  7. Amy July 25, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    Ooooh, I can’t wait! I have everything except the stay tape, which is a shame since I like the idea of reinforcing the upper edge of the bodice. Can we use the selvedge or strips of fusible interfacing instead?

  8. Lucy July 25, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    @Amy: You can totally use your selvedges – it’s a great way to use up bits that you’d otherwise throw out and not buy anything extra :-)

    I have a pale yellow cotton lawn, with big bold pink and orange flowers! I think I might line/underline the skirt if I can find a nice non-synthetic lining (given it is a summer dress), maybe a voile. Can’t wait to get started, if my pattern turns up on time!

  9. Sewing Projects July 25, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    I have all of that stuff! Do you do sew alongs often. I need to free my sewing schedule so I can sew along with everyone.

    ~Living Dailies Sewing Publisher: Joanna

  10. Kathryn July 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    Hi Tasia, I love the dress, and your sewalongs are always super helpful. I had one question about the pattern – it says on the envelope it’s not suitable for plaids, is that right? I have a hard time visualising it without seeing the pattern pieces, because from looking at it it seems like plaids might be nice cut on the bias so they chevron on the long skirt. I have some amazing large-check yellow gingham to use up and was thinking a Londsdale would be perfect….

  11. Tasia July 25, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    Hello, everyone! Nice to meet you all. It’s so cool that we have people from all around the world joining us for the Sew-Along!

    It’s OK if you can’t join in at the exact same time as everyone else – the posts will be up forever, so you can always join when you have the time, or have the fabric, or whenever it suits you!

    And I’m glad the schedule is helpful – I like organization and knowing what’s going to happen when myself. I will stick to the schedule as planned, promise! :)

    @Amy: Yes, you can use selvedge, or fusible interfacing, or even twill tape like we did for the Crescent skirt instead of the stay tape. If your fabric is bulky or heavy, I’d suggest using selvedges of a lighter weight fabric instead, but if it’s lightweight, go for it using selvedges of your dress fabric!

    @Sewing Projects: Hi Joanna! I’ve been doing a sew-along for the release of each new pattern so far. I’d love to continue doing them for future patterns as well so that’s the plan!

    @Kathryn: Hi Kathryn! You’re one day ahead, I was going to mention this tomorrow in the post about fabric. The reason I put ‘not suitable’ for plaids or stripes is the matching, it would take more fabric, even more than the dress already uses. I didn’t want people to buy a plaid fabric and then be unable to cut their dress because there was so much wasted fabric to match the plaid. You can use a plaid, if you’re up to the matching challenge! Gingham would be super cute. When you cut, just think about which way you want the checks to run – on places like the waistband and the loops, where they’re straight rectangle pieces. If you cut the skirt pieces exactly the way they are, they’ll form little chevrons, but not 45-degree angles like you’d like them to be. Thats the other reason I said not suitable – you’d have to cut the skirt pieces on the bias AND match the plaid, using even more fabric. Of course, rules are made to be broken if you’re adventurous! And of all the possible plaids, gingham is smaller in scale and doesn’t have huge repeats so it may not be as hard as I think. (Also, I wanted beginners to feel comfortable with this dress, and didn’t want them getting frustrated when their plaids looked wacky..)
    Hope this helps!

  12. RobinDenning July 26, 2011 at 4:36 am #

    I’m in! I like the schedule because we’ll finish up right before I take a little break to welcome my daughter home. She is wrapping up 3 year adventure of living, working, traveling in Asia.

    I will be playing teacher or dressmaker on this project- I am not sure yet. I posted about it on my blog. I’d love to work with a beginner who lives in Maryland, but if no one materializes, then I will play dressmaker, which is fun once in a while. I am about 98% selfish-seamstress, but that 2% of generous seamstress pops up now and then.

  13. meagana July 26, 2011 at 5:05 am #

    Hi Tasia and ladies.
    I am very excited to be joining the SAL from Melbourne, Australia. My pattern arrived today and I did a little happy dance at the letterbox. Tomorrow I will look at the fabric shop near work for some fabric, if unsuccessful I will search on the weekend. This is my first sew along so am a little excited and nervous. It is winter down here so am also keen to do some sewing in anticipation for Spring. Can’t wait to get started. And thanks for the schedule Tasia, it make’s it easier to juggle work, kids, house and hubby when you have aplan!!

  14. Volute July 26, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Hi everyone! I’ll be sewing along for the first time here in Lausanne, Switzerland. Really looking forward to learn new techniques and improve my skills. Thank you Tasia for all what you do to ease our sewing :)

  15. Ella July 26, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    I’ll be participating in my very first sew-along for the Lonsdale dress, and documenting it on my new blog, ellamadethat.wordpress.com. No fabric picked out yet, but I’m hoping to do that early next week.

  16. Tabatha Tweedie July 26, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Hiya, I am participating in your sewalong! In my opinion there’s no better advice you can get than from the person who designed the dress! Looking forward to seeing everyone’s creations…Tabatha x

  17. Jane Elise July 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    I’ll be sewing along in Sydney, Australia. I had some floral (Japanese-looking) cotton voile in my stash that I got at an end of roll sale and it happens to be enough to make the long version. The colours are great — coral, navy, teal on a neutral background.

    I’ll be watching Tasia’s posts carefully for instructions on underlining the bodice and lining the skirt as the voile is very light, though not sheer. I’m planning to use a cream batiste for this but I haven’t bought it yet — just want to make sure that is the correct thing to do!

  18. Tasia July 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    Hey, everyone! @Jane Elise: Batiste is the perfect fabric for lining a cotton voile! It lets you keep the cottony, breezy feel of the voile, while adding the coverage you need. Alternately, you could use a rayon lining fabric, so it’s still somewhat natural based, but that would be cooler and slipperier, and you’d lose that soft, cotton feel of the voile. Cream batiste is especially nice as it keeps the colours softer and warmer, rather than using bright white.
    Once the underlining is attached to the bodice, it’s really straightforward to sew! Same thing with the skirt lining, you’ll basically make two layers of skirt, one with the pockets and one without, and join them together at the waistline. Easy!

  19. Tasia July 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    To anyone that’s nervous, don’t be! This is easy, way easier than sewing at home alone. Never feel you’re asking a silly question! And if you see someone ask a question, and can help them with an answer, by all means jump with your reply. This is as close as we can get to actually sewing together! :)

  20. Marina August 1, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    I am introducing myself little late, sorry. I will be also participating – I need a comfortable dress for our vacation and after that. I love this design and will also be documenting the progress on my blog. I could not participate in your other Sew-Alongs because fo the limited time I had, but now I quit my office job and am so happy to have more time for sewing. Thanks for organizing this!!!


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