Rate the Lonsdale Sew-Along!

Hello Lonsdale Sew-Alongers! Now that the Sew-Along has ended – and before it’s been so long that we all forget – I want to know: what did you think of the Lonsdale Sew-Along?

I want to make the sew-alongs better and better each time! Every time, there are so many positive, happy comments, so it looks like this feature is here to stay.

From the Pendrell Sew-Along feedback, I made sure to choose a fabric with a non-distracting print and a distinct right and wrong side. And from the Crescent Sew-Along feedback, I did more frequent, bite-size posts, and stuck to the schedule. (Great suggestions, by the way!)

One thing I really liked was asking to see your finished projects, and browsing the links to see all your lovely dresses. That was a good idea! And I heard that people kept returning to that post to see new projects that were added later on. Awesome!

This time, what did you like? What could we do better next time? Please leave comments if you have suggestions or feedback!

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17 Responses to Rate the Lonsdale Sew-Along!

  1. Jessica September 13, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    I loved that the posts were so detailed and that you offered both machine and handsewn techniques were possible to allow the individual to chose the level of complexity and time they put into their garment.

    The one thing that I would say was some of the posts were very short and I could complete the step (and I am a beginner with about 9 months of sewing experience – this was my second dress) in well under 30 minutes! This was great because I have struggled with other patterns but it also meant I really needed another project to occupy my sewing time as I really was too new to sew ahead.

    I have also since sewn a Pendrell top – I went back and read through the sew along before I began and I have to say it sewed up quickly and without complications as well. Thank you so much for taking the time to ensure that a sew along is done on all of your patterns! It really helps beginners like me.

    I haven’t posted my Lonsdale dress photos yet as I have just started a blog and I am trying to play catch up and post my newest projects and stuff as well, but I did blog about my Pendrell here: http://www.sewlaugh.blogspot.com

    I am sure I will be making more Lonsdales and more Pendrells!

    Thank you Tasia!


  2. Sewingdina September 13, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    Hi Tasia. I’ve not yet made my Lonsdale but I have been reading through the posts and they are excellent. Nice to know they’re all there for when I start. I like the bonus posts like the seam finishes which we can take to other projects. I have just completed a cardigan from an independent pattern company with minimalist instructions. User friendly instructions but not that helpful if you don’t understand them! I had to wing it / trawl my bookmarked techniques / work it out myself. I am hardly a beginner now but we all need help sometimes. What you and all the other sew-along hosts do is so valuable. Please keep them coming!

  3. Caroline September 13, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    I did love seeing everyone’s finished projects! that was fun. I also liked learning new techniques that I can use for anything – using stay tape; hand-picking a zipper (though that was a different tutorial), the options for underlining. You really covered everything. I was encouraged to take my time and really make a beautifully finished garment. I’ve never bound all my exposed seams, and I did that this time, and I really like how it looks on the inside too. I felt you gave alot of different options and that combined with seeing others’ finished projects lets me see how versatile this pattern is – and it will be one I revisit again several times I think!

    I’m sewing my first Pendrell and using your old sew-along posts, and you do the same thing there. Looking forward to what you have next.

  4. Caroline September 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    Oh, I meant to add – the best part was the give and take in the comments. I always read all of them because (a) there were alot more good tips there, and (b) you ALWAYS answered everyone’s questions, clearly and quickly. that was so helpful when I had questions!

  5. Lucy September 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    I really enjoyed it. Thanks for being around to answer questions, I didn’t run into many problems but it was nice to know you were there for back up when I did need it!

    If anything, I thought the steps/posts were a bit too short and broken up – but I get that you had to keep them short, and it’s such a quick project anyway that you could probably have done the whole thing in three or four posts! So I think you did well.

    The Londsdale is my best-finished garment yet, thank you so much for showing another way apart from the zigzag for those of us who don’t have an overlocker. Makes it look so much nicer – the zigzag always has a way of making a garment look so homemade.

  6. Annabelle September 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    Tasia – you did a great job running this sew along. I loved your short detailed posts – this was perfect because I fell behind right away due to being on vacation, instead of giving up completely I was able to say “I have one hour tonight, I can at least follow this post.” It is so great that you give extra tips on how you did your seam finishes – very helpful for us beginners.

    I know that for my next comment, there will be people who disagree – so take this one lightly. I feel the schedule did go a little fast. (I am sure this is because I was on vacation for a few days of it, and because I don’t get to sew every night, and when I do have a chance to sew it is only about an hour). I’m sure there are plenty of others who would like to go faster, but there are some like me who just don’t have a lot of sewing time in their schedule. Perhaps a work around would be to keep a similar schedule (or faster for those who would like that) and than have a one week break before the post where everyone links to their finished garment. This way, it won’t slow down people who have the time to keep a good pace, and those of us who are short on time, can have a catch-up week and still get to share our garment with everyone else on time. Just a (selfish) thought.

    All-in-all, it was great and I cannot wait to do another sew along with you.

  7. Ginger September 13, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    I disagree with a few of the other commenters– I loved that the steps/posts were bite-sized! I work a LOT and I’ve attempted sew-alongs in the past that were just too overwhelming, so it was nice to be a part of one that I could keep up with! Thanks a million for hosting it!

  8. Amy September 13, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    As with the Crescent Skirt Sew-Along, I loved the bite sized sewing steps. I know many of the above commenters thought they were too small, but I think it’s better for one’s confidence to think, “Oh wow! I’m done quickly. Now I can…,” than to feel like one is constantly playing catch up. There were a few days in there that I couldn’t get to my machine due to work/responsibilities/friends, and although I admit to panicking just a bit, it was relatively easy to catch up once I finally had a Saturday. As to the content of your Sew-Along, the photos, details, and instructions in your posts are perfect. And, when there’s still a bit of confusion, you’re right there to answer questions. You set a great example for customer service. I like that you added in little extras, especially the fine hand sewing details. In fact, I’m not sure what to suggest that you do differently. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into helping our sewing improve. Bravo on another fantastic Sew-Along!

  9. Marie September 14, 2011 at 4:02 am #

    Tasia, I just want to say I huge thanks for your awesome sew-alongs. I’ve followed the Crescent and Lonsdale ones to date and have found them invaluable. Not only have I ended up with the most beautifully finished garments I’ve ever made, I’ve also learned transferable techniques – something I find extremely useful when tackling other projects. You‚Äôll never be able to please every single participant, because people‚Äôs lives and sewing patterns are so varied. I think that the shorter posts are the way forward though, because if people find them too easy, they can always save a few up and complete them in one go. Whereas if the posts are longer and more laborious, it will make it harder for those with limited time to catch up. That‚Äôs just my opinion anyway, hope it makes some sense!

  10. JillyB September 14, 2011 at 6:33 am #

    I am just now following the sew-along steps (I am putting together the skirt!), and I LOVE the short posts! It is so nice to know that even if I just have an hour to sew after work, I will accomplish something that evening. I am an intermediate sewist, and I don’t mind seeing explanations and photos for some of the more beginner skills–it is nice to see how an expert like you approaches these steps! I learn something every time.

    One small suggestion for a possible improvement–it would be useful to have a short bullet list of the steps tackled in each post, either in the beginning of the post, or at the start of each step within the post. For example, when I was putting together my skirt last night, I missed that you had attached the back skirt panels in that post. Short bullets would help focus exactly which steps you are showing. Maybe this is too much work, or too redundant, but I thought I would share. It is hard to think of ways to improve your already great posts!!

  11. Lisa Wiltse September 14, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    The bite size posts were great! I am an advanced sewer and teach garment sewing so I appreciated your step-by-step process and wonderful photos. I especially liked the zipper insertion/facing technique on the Crescent skirt and plan to show this process to my students.
    Keep up the good work!

  12. Ella September 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    I really appreciated all of the alternatives and options you illustrated in the sew-along posts- things like adding stay tape and different seam finishes. I enjoyed the short posts and thought they worked well. I wasn’t following along on a day by day basis, but having several shorter posts made it easier to go through the index and find exactly what I was looking for, and made pages that are picture heavy faster to load. I could have gone just a little bit slower, but maybe that’s me. The only time I felt like I could really use more time was for layout and cutting. I’m always so slow at this! Maybe leaving a couple days between showing fabric recommendations and alteration options and starting the actual sewing steps could help? And like many people have mentioned, you are so helpful in responding to questions in the comments, which is majorly appreciated.

  13. Jane Elise September 14, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    I loved that you had ‘sewalong posts’ and then optional extras such as doing bound seams etc. I am one of those people who finds getting chunks of time to sew hard and so the bite sized posts were great. A lot of the time I was doing the whole week’s worth of posts on the weekend. I still haven’t finished my dress — it has been up to finishing the back seam for a couple of weeks!

    I also went back several times to the post to see finished projects.

    And I refer back to sewalong posts for other projects too!

    I can’t think of anything to make it better. It was great!

  14. Jane Elise September 14, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    “The Londsdale is my best-finished garment yet, thank you so much for showing another way apart from the zigzag for those of us who don‚Äôt have an overlocker. Makes it look so
    much nicer ‚Äì the zigzag always has a way of making a garment look so homemade.”

    I’m totally with Lucy on this. Zig-zag finishing is what makes me hate my finished projects. As soon as I can get my hands on seam binding I am going to stock up! I love how there is only one seam that needs finishing — all the rest were either hidden in the lining or I could do a French seam. But boy have I been frustrated over binding the back seam! lol

  15. Natasha September 14, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

    I loved the small posts everyday! I found that I could just spend the hour and a half to two hours every evening and the once the step for the day was done, then I could pack the sewing up for the night without guilt. That kept the sewalong from feeling like work.

    Also, I must mention how much I love the seam finishes for those of us without sergers or overlock stitches! Ditto on the hating zig zag finishes! I would love it if you continued to do that for all of your sewalongs.

  16. Allie September 28, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    I think you should add the post with everyone’s finished Lonsdales to the sew-along page after the hemming post. Thanks again!

    • Tasia September 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

      @Allie: Great idea! I will do that. Thanks!