Lonsdale Sew-Along #3: My Fabric Choice

Here’s what I’ll be using for most of the Sew-Along posts – a pretty blue cotton fabric I bought back in August of last year! This print is small and dainty, but I think the styling of the Lonsdale Dress suits the print.

How pretty would this dress be with a straw fedora? Red pumps? A lacy cream cardigan?

And yes, I’m using bright red seam binding for the hem! Won’t that be a fun splash of colour when the skirt moves?

You can mostly tell the difference between right and wrong sides, and it photographs reasonably well.

I have just barely enough fabric to cut the Lonsdale Dress, as it’s only 35″ wide! I had to do some creative cutting, using some of the tricks in my Ways to Save Fabric post.

Have you picked a fabric yet for the Sew-Along?

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15 Responses to Lonsdale Sew-Along #3: My Fabric Choice

  1. Marie July 27, 2011 at 6:04 am #

    How lovely, it’s going to be adorable! My fabric choice is actually very similar colours to the first Lonsdale you made ;o)

  2. Casey July 27, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    Gorgeous!!! One question for you: will the Lonsdale with the back bow detail work under a cardigan? I was wondering as I’ve been contemplating what fabric to order to my dress, and trying to decide if it’s something I can make work into early fall with an appropriate cardigan. I’m just afraid I’d have a weird lump/bulge on my back! lol.

  3. RobinDenning July 27, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    I have shopping trips planned. For my stepdaughter, we are looking at silks and drapey rayons so she can wear it to a wedding.
    I love your fabric, especially the red accents!

  4. Laura July 27, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    I’m doing a whole post tomorrow on the Sewtropolis blog about all the fabrics I considered, and because of your recommendations what I picked and why..it has to be tomorrow because I’ve only narrowed it down to 3..

  5. Veronica July 27, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    I have some Hawaiian print fabric, 100% cotton in a floral print that I”m going to use for the first one. I have a white with blue roses print for the second and haven’t yet decided on the third. I look for 100% cotton just because I think it feels best against my skin no matter the time of year. Not sure about underlining. I think the Hawaiian print is dark enough that sheerness won’t be an issue. The white with blue roses will definitely need at least a skirt lining.

    And yes, I plan 3 dresses, one for each of my daughters and step-daughter.

  6. ms. modiste July 27, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    Yellow linen!

  7. Corinne July 27, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    your dress with be great, love the red detailing!

  8. Manda July 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    Your fabric will make another beautiful dress!

  9. Lucy July 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    I considered something similar actually, but in the end went for the one that was on special :-) It has big, bold, bright flowers and I think will be a lot of fun for summer.

    I was very happy to see my pattern turn up yesterday and am itching to get started – and just so you know, my partner is a designer and he absolutely loved the design of your packaging…he spent several minutes just telling me why he liked the font so much!

  10. RobinDenning July 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    that’s funny, I really like the font, too :)

  11. Volute July 28, 2011 at 1:54 am #

    She said: Blue!

    Here’s my fabric choice: http://aurorasysirenas.blogspot.com/2011/07/my-first-sew-along-lonsdale-dress.html

  12. magdamagda July 28, 2011 at 4:35 am #

    the print is super! and it would look cool in so many combos indeed!

  13. Sewingdina July 28, 2011 at 6:21 am #

    Good point Casey. I think a cardigan will be essential to have on hand with this dress. Tasia – will you be showing how to sew down the straps as an alternative to the bow?

  14. Tasia July 29, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    That’s a great question about wearing a cardigan! I’ve worn this dress with jackets, so they have a little more structure to hide the bow. It all depends on the fabric of your dress, and the structure of your jacket or cardi. A denim jacket works great! A blazer would too.

    A thin cardigan, it might show a little, but a chunky cardigan or cropped cardigan might be better. I don’t have a ton of cardigans to try with!

    Personally, I’m planning on making a shawl or wrap – I like the drama and elegance of a wrap versus a cardigan, and I can drape it over the shoulders without worrying about the bow.

    Also – you could tie the straps in a knot instead, or pin them together, for a flatter look!

    Hope this helps! :)

  15. Tasia July 29, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    @Sewingdina: I won’t be showing how to sew down the straps as part of the sew-along demo, as I really want to stay on schedule for everyone! If you wanted to sew down the straps, simply leave off the loops, and when you finish the dress, tack down the straps where the loops would have been, and trim the extra. (Or, pin them in place, so you can adjust them and re-tie the knot if you like.)