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August 1

Lonsdale Dress Fabric

I’m not certain which fabric I want to use for my Lonsdale dress, but I found these three in my stash that would work for it.

Both of the bottom prints are by Robert Kaufman.  But the one on the left has a decidedly vintage feel to it whereas the aqua print is more modern.  And the fabric at the top is a vintage chintz fabric, of unknown type (cotton blend of some sort).

I’m kinda thinking that I should save the vintage chintz for a vintage pattern….

And the more I look at these I may be leaning towards the aqua print.  The Lonsdale pattern looks more modern than vintage, and to match that I feel like I should use a modern fabric.

But what do you guys think?  Anyone else going to partake in the Lonsdale SAL (sew-a-long)?

Okay, now that I’ve read through my daily rss feeds, I’m seriously having Lonsdale dress envy with Sunni’s Blue Polkadot beauty

Isn’t her’s just divine?!  It’s making me rethink my fabric choices since her’s is such a simple, lovely print.  I’m now wondering if the aqua print I was leaning towards may be too busy to make a pretty dress.

What’s a girl to do….  Any thoughts?

  1. Emilie / Aug 1 2011

    I also saw Sunni’s post and WOW! I do not own the Lonsdale dress pattern, but I want to now! It looks so fabulous and it’s apparently easy!!!
    I think the bottom left fabric is great, but it really depends on the look you’re after (I would say that fabric would make it look more dressy, whereas the aqua one would be more casual).
    Wish I had great stuff like that in my stash!!
    I’ll be anxious to see the final outcome of your Lonsdale dress!

  2. Lauren / Aug 1 2011

    i was getting ready to comment & tell you that you MUST use that top fabric (the vintage rose print – those are roses, right?), but now i’m torn because i really love the robert kaufman print on the left. they are both really lovely, i think it would just depend on how dressy/casual you want the dress to be. the vintage would be pretty dressy, the kaufman pretty casual. imo, the pattern leans more toward casual.

  3. Amy / Aug 1 2011

    No, no no…the aqua print wouldn’t be too busy. It’d look really great. I say go for it! :)

  4. Casey / Aug 1 2011

    When this loaded in my feed reader, my eye instantly went to the rosy print on the left–sooo gorgeous! I vote for that one. ;) I just ordered some fabric for my own Lonsdale, and although I’m not following the sew-along, I can’t wait to make one after seeing Sunni’s!

  5. Stephanie / Aug 1 2011

    The aqua one is lovely! I’m not participating in the SAL as strapless bras are not my friend. :(

  6. Tasha / Aug 1 2011

    I think you could take that pattern in any direction, small print or bold! I really like the pink starbursty pattern on the left.

  7. Sunni / Aug 1 2011

    I vote for the fabric on the left! The rose with the feathery flowers! Lovely! Oh goodness – you’ll love the dress pattern. Its so fabulous and so easy and looks great in just about anything! I think I might need one more version before the summer is out!

  8. Maria / Aug 1 2011

    All of them are beautiful fabrics and you could make them work. But, I agree with your deductions and think that this being a more modern pattern the aqua would be great.

  9. Kat / Aug 1 2011

    I like the one on the bottom left. I love the print!

  10. Rachel / Aug 1 2011

    I think the aqua would look great. I am going to make the Lonsdale dress. I am still waiting for my fabric to arrive from denverfabrics.com. Their shipping is sooooo slow so I may be waiting a few more days.

  11. Andrea / Aug 1 2011

    I think the aqua print would look great – I say go for it! The prints Tasia chose are flowery and busy and they look great. After much deliberation, I won’t be sewing along for the Lonsdale but will be participating in the Rooibos sew-along instead.

  12. Amy / Aug 3 2011

    Hi, I’m new around here, but I wanted to let you know that I’m also joining in on the Lonsdale Sew-Along. I think your choice of the aqua will be lovely. I can’t wait to see it as it comes together. Sewing along with the online community is such fun!

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