Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Just a Horse with Stripes - ByHand London Elisalex Dress

You may have noticed I added some new buttons to the side bar, yup I'm taking part in both the ByHand London Elisalex Dress Sewalong and House of Pinheiro's International Craft Swap!  Looks like lots of crafting fun is to be had in these next few weeks!

Now even although the sewalong hasn't started, on Friday night I managed to sew up a quick version of the Elisalex Dress in this amazing Zebra Print Cotton that just arrived in work!  This time of year is definitely my favourite cause all the new summer fabrics start arriving in store and I begin to get really inspired!

Well when I saw this I knew exactly what I wanted to make, the Elisalex bodice with a circle skirt with box-pleat.  And I love how it turned out!

The pattern is so easy to work with and it sewed up a treat!  I love that it is a princess seamed bodice rather than shaped with darts, as I think princess seams allow a much neater finish and are are a little more interesting.  I know everyone has praised the packaging and it's clear that the girls over at ByHand London have put a great deal of thought into their patterns which always help the sewing process.  The only think I will say is that I found the sizing to be rather generous, although this is probably my fault I as jumped straight in and cut out my regular size, I should have measured properly first.  I wore it out on Saturday night for a night out with my work girlies and it was really comfortable.

As for the circle skirt I used the straight forward method of 1/4 circle cutting, having sliced the fabric along the fold so the zebra's all stood up the right way, no upside down print for me!  As soon as I put it on, I felt compelled to spin in circles to get the full effect of the skirt, unfotunateley none of the pictures turned out well.

So back to the sewalong.  I need to find a nice heavier weight cotton/mix to make up the tulip skirt in, but I'm gonna hold off until even more new things appear in the shop!  I'm intrigued by the reversilex that the girls have mentioned in the sewalong schedule so will be considering choosing two fabrics to get going with!

10 comments:

  1. Cute fabric! I live this! I've only been to Mandors I Edinburgh - must check out the one in Glasgow at some point!

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    1. Yes you should! We have a completely different and much larger selection in Glasgow! And we're currently receiving all our summer deliveries, keep an eye on our facebook page for lots of photos!

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  2. I love this! Your fabric is gorgeous and the Elisalex bodice looks so good with the circle skirt. Maybe after my first Elisalex I'll feel confident enough to try deviating from a pattern!
    I didn't start sewing till I moved from Glasgow to London so I've only been to Mandors a few times - I'll need to make an effort to go next time I'm back home!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn! Are you joining in the sewalong? I'm all set to get started but will probably do the intended skirt this time. I was in London last summer and loved how many places I could search for fabric and sewing bits and pieces, I'm sure that the next time you're home Mandors will seem small in comparison!

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  3. I love this dress :)) zebra print = awesome !

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  4. So pretty - I love the fabric. Found your blog via the By Hand site, thinking of getting one of their patterns to try :)

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    1. Thanks love! Totally get one of their patterns, they're great to use and you end up having soo many options! :)

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