Look what I finished! My Elisalex Sew-Along 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.