As a classic pear shape I was keen to try out a Sewaholic pattern since designer, Tasia, caters specifically for such a figure in both her designs and pattern measurements.
I chose the Lonsdale dress as I was completely enamored by the knot at the front….
And the bow at the back…
I excitedly got down to sewing up a toile (muslin) cutting a size 6 all over, the closest match to my measurements. Unusually I didn’t have to grade out for my hips and that was truly a pleasure.
I made some minor alterations to the bodice to get the fit right for me (there is a visual of my changes to the paper pattern in my blog post). In short, I tapered the side seams, shallowed off the curve at the centre front seam and took in a little bit at the centre back when I attached the zip. I also made a sway back adjustment to correct some poofy fabric in my lower back area. I chose View A, the shorter skirt length, and chopped off a further 3 inches so that the skirt stopped flatteringly on my knee. Even after that I still used my hemline chalk marker because the sway back adjustment raised waistline back throwing the level of the skirt off.
The pattern has a self-lined bodice and I chose to add a lining to the skirt to prevent it from riding up if I wore tights (these English summers can be a little chilly and I rarely get my legs tanned!). The pattern design made it really easy to sandwich my silver lining between the skirt and inside waist facing. I even got to do one of my favourite techniques, stitch in the ditch, to enclose all those seam allowances inside the waistband. It’s so neat on the inside that hubby thought I’d made a reversible dress!!!
The fabric I used is a cotton lawn by Fabric Freedom, purchased last summer (want to know why I chose this colourway? Amusing story here) and saved specifically for a summer dress. The lawn is lovely, cool to wear and makes the skirt flow just the right amount – I’m so pleased with the fabric-pattern match.
Meeting the criteria for this week’s theme, Sewaholic patterns were completely new-to-me. I’m fully converted now though, who wouldn’t be when they don’t have to grade between sizes to accommodate their hips? Following both the printed pattern instructions and the sewalong on the Sewaholic website, I was spoilt for choice with clearly described written instructions, line drawings, real sewing photographs and Tasia’s extensive additional posts on fit adjustments, alternative options and extra construction details. And it’s not just this dress pattern, all of Tasia’s patterns are supported by an online sewalong.
I’ve been inspired by this pattern for future makes… a pencil skirted Lonsdale dress, a halter-neck Lonsdale, a skirt only version and a top only peplum version. And, added to my list, is the Sewaholic Thurlow trousers too. Before long I’ll be a Sewaholic sewaholic!