Lonsdale & Gertie party dress mash up

1 Dec

You may have seen on my Instagram feed (@ZoSews, how original) a few weeks ago a sneaky peek at a hand picked zipper. This was the zipper for a dress I was planning on wearing for my (gasp) 30th birthday soiree.

This dress started last year, in my mind. I saw Sarai’s tweaked floral Lonsdale dress, and I fell in love. I wanted that one! This seemed the perfect opportunity to make it!

My birthday party consisted of cocktails at a Seamstress bar (how appropriate), delish dumplings in Chinatown and then the crescendo, hours of karaoke!

Unfortunately, I was having WAY too much fun to take any photos. Yep, that’s right, I didn’t take ONE photo lol… Luckily I was able to scrounge around and get a few from other partygoers. They all look something like this, so I won’t be repetitive and will just give you one. Don’t look at those creases, I’d been sitting down for a couple of hours before this was taken.

Lonsdale Gertie mash up

Dress details

  • This number combines the bodice of Sewaholic’s Lonsdale, and the pencil skirt (minus the high waistband) from Gertie’s book.
  • Amazingly, I didn’t have to make one change to the bodice! I made one size bigger in the skirt though to account for ease required due to no stretch in the fabric. 
  • Enlarged the front waist darts because it was puffing out away from the body.
  • Due to the long straps of the bodice, this chewed up a lot of fabric – just a note.
  • I made the dress out of a ‘vintage’ print cotton, and lined the bodice with a blue rayon, both from Spotlight. This lining is what started my love affair with rayon.
  • I hand picked the zipper – a new love, inspired by Neeno and her scandalous zipper porn 🙂 I followed a mix of Gertie’s instructions from the book,with Tasia’s.

If I had my time again I’d add a kick pleat to the skirt, there’s a lot of stress put on one little join at the moment and its already starting to show after only one wear. I only realised this would happen after cutting the skirt out – too late!

I am very happy with this dress! I love the shape, so I may even make it again.

I want to write a review for Pattern Review on this dress, but I’m not sure whether to list this as Lonsdale, Gertie’s skirt, or both (do a review for each). What do you think?

Here’s a few extra birthday pics, just for fun 🙂 I cropped others out to be polite because I am so unorganised I didn’t get around to asking anyone if they minded being put on the interwebs before writing this post.

Lol. I was surprised with a cake with my face on it - scary! (yet delicious)

Lol. I was surprised with a cake with my face on it – scary! (yet delicious)

We wore party hats!

We wore party hats!

That’s it!

Z xx


10 Responses to “Lonsdale & Gertie party dress mash up”

  1. sewbusylizzy December 1, 2012 at 9:11 PM #

    Greta job and inspired pattern mash-up I must say. Lonsdale is on my list… I have some navy and red fabric… I think it’s going to be a naughty little queue jumper…

    • ZoSews December 1, 2012 at 9:21 PM #

      Ooh sounds lovely!

  2. gingermakes December 2, 2012 at 1:03 AM #

    Happy birthday!!!!! Love the dress– it’s WAY cute!

    • ZoSews December 2, 2012 at 7:01 PM #

      Thank you, and thank you!

  3. Arellis Pena December 2, 2012 at 2:29 PM #

    Love the colors of the dress and it looks great on you. Also, happy birthday, looks like you had a lot of fun!

    • ZoSews December 2, 2012 at 7:01 PM #

      Thank so much! I had a ball 🙂

  4. ShanniLoves December 4, 2012 at 5:35 AM #

    Great mish mash! I say do a review for each. Happy Birthday!

    • ZoSews December 4, 2012 at 7:03 PM #

      Thank you! I think I will 🙂

  5. Rosy December 6, 2012 at 10:04 AM #

    Happy birthday, dear Zo! You looks great with your dress!

    • ZoSews December 7, 2012 at 10:25 PM #

      Aww thank you Rosy! You’re very kind.

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