Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Make this look Lisa Long Lonsdale

Lisa Long Lonsdale


Dress
sachadrake.com


Aqua "Ocean Waves" Silk Chiffon Print
moodfabrics.com




The Sacha Drake Lisa Long dress and the Lonsdale sewing pattern are a perfect match. The Sacha Drake dress is made and designed in Australia and features gorgeous silk chiffon exclusive to Sacha Drake. The fabric almost looks hand-dyed/screen printed. It is perfect for my pear shape with the description stating, "My tied neckline draws attention up to the face, also broadening the shoulders to slim the waist and hips. My waist is elasticated for flexible fit. My full-flowing glamourous skirt will accommodate any hip."  It is currently on sale ($310 down from $599). I would just need to special occasion (wedding?) and budget to match. 

This look would be easy to replicate using the Sewaholic Lonsdale pattern. This pattern description says, "This dress is designed with a pear-shaped figure in mind. Knotted bodice and halter neckline draw attention to the shoulders, while the narrow waistband highlights the waist. The skirt is softly flared from the waistline to create a flattering silhouette. Pockets in the skirt are easy to sew and add a practical touch to this pretty dress. Sizing is proportioned for a pear-shaped figure: smaller bust and waist, larger hips.

"Change the look by tying a half-knot or a full knot in the front. Shoulder straps are completely adjustable, tying in a bow at centre back. Just untie the bow and pull the straps tighter as needed. Bodice is self-lined, skirt is unlined, with a centre back zipper closure."


The Lonsdale pattern comes highly recommended by past sewists on the Sewing Pattern Review website. Variations include omitting the pockets, wearing with a petticoat and making from stretch fabric. It is a versatile pattern, and can be made a cotton dress or a fancier dress depending on fabric choice. There is also a wedding dress version on the review website. Instructions are rated as "brilliant", "clear and concise" and there is a sew-along available on the Sewaholic website to assist. It does use a lot of fabric though (hence the Sacha Drake price). 

Seems like I have another pattern to add to my wish list but I would be making a nice cotton version for our summer.


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