Thursday, 4 April 2013

By Hand London Elisalex Sew-Along - Finished Dress!


Look what I finished!  My Elisalex Sew-Along dress!


 And I love it!  As I mentioned before, the pattern is a dream to work with and made it up in a few hours.  I'd initially intended to catch up with where the sew-along was at and complete my bodice.  However it went together so easily and I was on a roll, that I kept going and finished the whole dress.


The fabric I used was a stretch cotton sateen that I picked up from M R Rosenberg at Hobbycrafts and Creative Stitches at the SECC last month. I thought it would be a perfect weight for the Elisalex and bought it knowing I'd use it for the sew-along.  The stretch lends itself well to the fitted bodice and reduces creasing in the skirt.  And I just loved the print.  Blue is definitely my favourite colour just now so it was perfect all round!

I made made no alterations to the pattern, however I did make a few changes on the inside.  I decided not to line the dress, as the stretch linings we have in the shop are polyester and I wanted the dress to be breathable.  Instead, I drafted neckline facings.  To do this, I traced around the necklines, extended a line a few inches at the shoulder and drew a line the same shape as the neckline for the extended point.  It's super easy to do and can be applied to nearly any pattern.  I really should have taken pictures whilst I was doing this rather than explaining it!  But I did take these of them in place in the dress so hopefully the description is now a little clearer.

I also added pockets.  Normally, I don't add pockets to things I make as I always put my hands in my pockets and when I don't have any I can't.  But I was a little worried the tulip skirt would look massive on my hips and if I could put my hands in my pockets it might not look as bad.  I used the pocket pieces from the Colette Hazel dress and added them 3" below the waistline.  If you've added pockets to anything before, the usual principles apply, if not, no worries as the By Hand London girls covered it with super simple instructions.
I'm already planning another Elisalex dress, this time in a black brocade cotton sateen I got from work.  I'm in need of a new dress for choir and as this version was soo comfortable I figured it was best to use the same type of material and pattern for such a dress.  And at some point I'm gonna make a Reversalex for an even more versatile attempt at this pattern.

So By Hand London ladies, thank you for such an amazing pattern and a lovely sew-along.

12 comments:

  1. Ooh, this fits you perfectly! Well done!

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    1. Thanks! I tried soo hard making sure it fit and I'm so pleased with how it looks on :)

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  2. This looks fab! Love the colour! I'm having some fit issues with mine, so nice that yours fit perfectly!

    Black brocade sounds lovely!

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    1. Thanks! When I made the Zebra print version, the back didn't lie completely flat as the whole dress was a little large and I had to take it in under the arms. This time I used a little extra seam allowance all round to adjust the fit and the back lay perfectly, felt like such a fluke!

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  3. Sweet!!! Love this Elisalex. Looks great on you and the colors are lovely.

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    1. Thanks! I seem to be loving blue at the moment!

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  4. Hi Hazel ! This dress is amazing - I love the print! So perfect for spring :) Also... YOU WON a fabric in my giveaway, but I don't have your e-mail so head over to my blog and e-mail me your address :)

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    1. Thanks! Heading over to your blog asap! :)

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  5. You are most welcome Hazel, thank YOU for doing the pattern such a justice! Loved that print ever since we spied it on Instagram! The dress is absolutely gorgeous on you, and love how you've made it a bit more easy going by substituting the lining for a facing - I was actually thinking of doing just that with an Elisalex I'm planning for summer...!

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment Elisalex! I've actually made another version since this one as I loved it so much, will be blogging it asap! :)

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