Chartreuse Summer Sewing

Mood Fabrics Viscose Crepe | Sewaholic Lonsdale Dress

Phew! It was so hot when I was taking these photos!! Miraculously I look fairly cool and collected, but trust me, friends, I was anything but! My serene countenance has everything to do with this Month’s Mood Sewing Network make. This dress makes me feel like a Summer goddess, y’all!

Mood Fabrics Viscose Crepe | Sewaholic Lonsdale Dress

I bought a couple generous yards of this Limeade/White Tribal Leaf Print Viscose Crepe from Mood Fabrics online a few months back, thinking it might make a nice maxi dress one of these days.  It was actually a bit of a funny purchase for me because I can honestly say, prior to this dress, I don’t think I’ve ever worn this shade of chartreuse before. In fact, not only have I never worn it, but I’m pretty sure I’d go out of my way to avoid wearing it, thinking it would do heinous things to my complexion.  So why did I buy 4 yards of it? Your guess is as good as mine! I’m thinking some “Color Me Beautiful” era deity must have been whispering in my ear, because not only does chartreuse not do heinous things to my complexion, it actually makes me feel like a bronze bombshell!

Mood Fabrics Viscose Crepe | Sewaholic Lonsdale Dress
Mood Fabrics Viscose Crepe | Sewaholic Lonsdale Dress

Viscose is quickly becoming one of the fibers I keep an eye out for.  It’s just really a joy to wear.  This crepe has a pleasant weight to it, but with a very fluid drape.  It’s crepe-like texture gives it a pleasant spring, and the overall hand is very soft and almost cotton-y.  It doesn’t stick to the skin, like silk sometimes can, in the heat and humidity, and — this may seem like a strange thing to brag about in a fabric — it doesn’t show sweat, which is critical in a summer dress for me!

Mood Fabrics Viscose Crepe | Sewaholic Lonsdale Dress
Mood Fabrics Viscose Crepe | Sewaholic Lonsdale Dress

The pattern is the Sewaholic Lonsdale Dress view B.  This dress has made it’s rounds in the sewing blog world, and every time I see an iteration I sigh and think how wonderfully lovely it is.  Like wearing chartreuse, I have no idea what took me so long to make this dress! All I can say is that I’m extremely happy to own the pattern now because I would like a couple more of these! The shoulder-baring style is just so feminine and lovely, and this type of hip-skimming skirt is one of my absolute favorites.  I’m also really into this length — would we call it tea length? It’s perfect for wearing with my flat sandals, which, lets be honest, is really what I live in all summer long.

Mood Fabrics Viscose Crepe | Sewaholic Lonsdale Dress

The fit on the bodice is extremely forgiving due to the knotted and adjustable straps.  My bodice is actually a smidgen loose, particularly through the bust, but I’m able to just hoist everything into place and it’s fine.  I did a lapped zipper for the closure, definitely unusual for me, but it’s nice to dust off techniques that don’t get a lot of use now and then — if only to prove to yourself that you can still do them!

Mood Fabrics Viscose Crepe | Sewaholic Lonsdale Dress

I really do love summer sewing — I could probably sew nothing but sundresses and be a happy camper! Especially such bright, and flattering ones like this! What is your favorite season to sew for?

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  • Peter
    August 24, 2016

    Just beautiful. Three cheers for chartreuse!

    • Sallie
      August 24, 2016

      Thank you Peter!!

  • Ann
    August 24, 2016

    I think this is the nicest Lonsdale I’ve seen! The tea length, or whatever it is, looks perfect. You’ve reminded me that I own the pattern but have never used it — I must get around to it soon (or for next summer).

    My favorite season to sew for is anything BUT summer, just because I hate heat! I like being cold and layering up, I like long sleeves, I like tights (although not planning to sew any), and so forth. But good for you for having a good attitude about summer!

    • Sallie
      August 25, 2016

      Thank you Ann!!

  • Rebecca
    August 24, 2016

    Summer for me, too! The lighter fabrics and just plain “pretty” are what appeal to me. Along with the lighter fabrics go easier techniques. It’s more fun (even though the garment I’m proudest of was a wool blazer.)

    • Sallie
      August 25, 2016

      Thanks Rebecca! Yes, I think the ease of summer sewing is definitely part of the appeal – although it does lack the more complicated techniques that winter sewing gives the opportunity for.

  • Carmen
    August 24, 2016

    This is so gorgeous! You should be very proud of this beautiful make. I always love seeing your projects 🙂

    • Sallie
      August 25, 2016

      Oh thank you Carmen! You’ve made my day!

  • Lori
    August 25, 2016

    I love this Lonsdale on you, the color of the fabric and the style are just perfect. I am with you, viscose it a great fabric.

    • Sallieoh
      August 26, 2016

      Thank you Lori! Yes, viscose is really wonderful!

  • Sarah Gunn
    August 26, 2016

    Sallie, You look lovely in chartreuse! Everything came together beautifully for this dress. Love the drape of the viscose – don’t know how I missed this fabric!

  • Idle Fancy
    August 26, 2016

    Sallie, you look gorgeous in chartreuse! It is definitely your color and the fabric works so well with the Lonsdale. This dress is absolutely fit for a summer goddess!

  • Fiona
    September 1, 2016

    The tea length suits you SO well! I have been eyeing up this fabric for months, but like you was worried about how the colour would look on me. Now I’ve seen how beautifully it drapes and moves I’m going to have to get me some! I’ve always got an eye out for viscose too.
    I actually really like that the bodice is a bit roomy on you. In this drapey fabric it looks kind of grecian and like a totally different dress to those that I have made from this pattern