Lawrence Top and Dress Alternative Views - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

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Lawrence Alternative Views

Lawrence Top and Dress Alternative Views - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

Thank you so much for the excitement about our latest pattern, the Lawrence Top and Dress! This design comes with three views that vary in length and have the option for a shoulder ruffle. Of course, you can mix and match the details to create even more alternative versions of Lawrence! 

Lawrence Top and Dress

We are calling these alternative views ‘View A without ruffle’, ‘View B with ruffle’ and ‘View C without ruffle’. The only difference between these views and their original versions is the presence or absence of the shoulder ruffle. 

Lawrence Top and Dress Alternative Views Line Art - Helen's Closet Patterns

We anticipate that some of our customers would be interested in making these alternate views and the question of fabric consumption and cutting layouts is the next logical step. We took the guesswork out for you and we are providing both fabric requirements and cutting layouts for these views here. You can download them as a PDF file, or refer to the illustrations in this blog post to help you out. 

The good news is that these alternatives don’t change the fabric requirements all that much. The only one that changes dramatically is the ‘View B with ruffle’ in sizes 0-16, which requires less fabric: 4 meters / 4.5 yards. See the updated chart below. 

Fabric Requirements

Lawrence Top and Dress Alternative Views Fabric Requirements - Helen's Closet Patterns

Cutting Layouts

Lawrence Top and Dress Alternative Views Cutting Layout - Helen's Closet Patterns
Lawrence Top and Dress Alternative Views Cutting Layout - Helen's Closet Patterns
Lawrence Top and Dress Alternative Views Cutting Layout - Helen's Closet Patterns
Lawrence Top and Dress Alternative Views Cutting Layout - Helen's Closet Patterns
Lawrence Top View C Without Ruffle - Helen's Closet Patterns

We plan to have blog post examples of each of these alternative views eventually. We do have a sample made of the top without the shoulder ruffle which we used in our June Shorts photoshoot. This top was made using viscose linen noil so the fit is even more relaxed as a result. It feels so comfortable and classic and I know I’ll be wearing it a ton!

Happy sewing! 
Helen

Lawrence Top and Dress
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Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

4 Comments on “Lawrence Alternative Views”

  1. Hi Helen I just got the Lawrence Dress and am madly in love with the green fabric you are wearing in one of the views. Can you tell me what that is? Thanks much. Carola

  2. Hi Helen , I am desperately looking for a suitable pattern to make an Broiderie Anglaise Blouse for my daughter who is breast feeding. Do you think the Lawrence could be hacked into a button down blouse? I definitely wanted a pattern with bust darts, as my daughter has a small frame , but quite buxom, due to breast feeding 😉

    1. Hi Tina,

      Yes! I do think you could hack this dress to have a button front without too much trouble. You could draft a facing for the front and add a bit of an overlap for the buttons.

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