Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The Minnie Mouse - Lonsdale Dress
My father in-law called this my Minnie Mouse dress - and I have to admit the similarity.
Pattern: Sewaholic Lonsdale
Fabric: Cotton Polka Dots in Red
Styled with: Nine West Shoes and a floral headband from Charming Charlie's.
I love this dress! After the complications with my first dress it was refreshing to sew something that had such clear written instructions. Tasia the pattern designer also hosted a sew-along over on her blog. It walked you through the construction of the garment with detailed pictures and tips.
She taught me to apply stay tape on the bodice top and pockets to strengthen the garment, and french seams for a neat and tidy finish. This dress looks great inside out - no loose strings - no fraying edges, and applying these techniques should increase the longevity of the dress.
The one newbie experience I had was not really paying attention to the finished garment measurements. I choose to cut and sew the longer version of the dress thinking it would be a mid-calf dress instead of a maxi dress. However, I was pleasantly surprised to realize I was creating a maxi dress!
This is definitely a sew again pattern!