Where I get all fancy….

So, you may remember that almost 2 months back I was in London for my birthday, and I got some fancy fabric from Liberty to make a nice Lonsdale dress with.

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It is Liberty Tana Lawn fabric, Marco C variation. Marco was originally a scarf design from 1970 that was recreated using a pattern of tiny trees, re-traced from the original and printed on tints and deep dyed grounds to create almost solid blocks of colour. It was good for this project because the print is bi-directional and super small, so pattern matching is no concern!

I made a practice dress to check the fit, a wearable muslin if you will:

Sewaholic Lonsdale Bicycle Dress

I graduated the fit from a 4 in the bust, out to a 6 at the hips, but as you can tell, there was a bit of excess length in the bodice, which resulted in some unattractive folds of fabric above the waist, so I took the zip back off, removed the bodice, and cut half an inch off then put it back together again.

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(yep, the rubbish selfie pictures return…. please ignore a) my strange pose, b) my horrendous toenails)

This solved most of the problem, but there was still a bit of extra length on the side seams, about an inch. I was concerned to cut into the nice stuff before I had the pattern right, and so left it to one side and ignored it for a bit…… But the deadline I had set myself was to make it to wear to a wedding. Which is next weekend. Yep, it was time to suck it up and get on with it!

When I looked at the pattern pieces, I could see that the bodice pieces curve down to an extra inch-ish at the side seams… suddenly it all becomes clear! So I made the pieces more straight across at the waistband, and took the extra 1/2 inch out also, and used these modified pieces to cut my proper fabric.

Liberty Marco C Tana Lawn Lonsdale

Ta dah!

Perfect fit!

Now I just need some shoes to go with it……………….

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9 comments

  1. lawen83 · · Reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Maybe some black Mary Janes would look good!

    1. I have some black peep toes, I shall peruse the shops next week! X

  2. Wow! This is STUNNING Linz. Very pretty!

    1. Thanks! I was going to wear it to Andrew’s cousin’s wedding next weekend…. But after the news from yesterday, perhaps I should save it for an even more special occasion! X

      1. Haha! I know. How lovely is that?! Very special indeed.

  3. p.s. my mum said “Your dress was stunning. Well done! “. I was looking through my photos to see if there was a pic of the back of your dress couldn’t find any, there is none here either. I’ll send her this link anyway, I try to describe the back to her xx

    1. I shall have to try and take one, is there not one on the previous post maybe? Or there will be one on the Sewaholic website.

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