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!