Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Floral Elisalex Dress!


Hi, all! I made the Elisalex dress from By Hand London. I love all of their designs. I was hesitant with this dress because it was simple. Man! Will I ever learn my lesson? I love simple designs! I don't know why it took me forever to make this dress. I made this dress with the intention of entering it into the Sew Dolly Clackett Sewalong, well that didn't happen. It's my fault for my pure laziness. I didn't want to get out there to take a picture.



Of course, I changed the tulip skirt out for a half circle skirt. I'm super self conscious of my hips, so I didn't want the extra emphasis. After I made this dress, I snooped around other blogs. Some of them shared the same concern when they made the Elisalex dress with the tulip skirt, and it looked amazing on them! I might give it a try. I really love this bodice, I thought about filling my whole wardrobe will Elisalexes. I know, I say that lot, but it's true every time I run across a pattern I like. I love the back neckline of this dress that I didn't take pictures of. Oops. It's low and really nice. You have to trust me on that one.


The fabric is Asher from Gertie's Etsy Store. I was gravitated to it by the colors and pretty florals. I don't wear yellow, but I couldn't resist because the print is so bold! I think I only had 2 yards, I managed to squeeze this dress out of it. I made sure that each bodice piece had flowers in it. After seeing the slight wrinkling around the princess seams, I googled how to properly sew princess seams. The side bodice should be on top and it should be sewn with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.


I fully lined this dress with Bemberg which isn't hard as I imagined it would be. I didn't line it with self fabric as I normally do because it would show through and I didn't want that to happen. I were to line it with Bemberg again, there are a few things I would do differently. I would hand sew the lining to the zipper tape. The main reason is, the invisible zipper is finicky and it caught the lining several times, once with me in it! That was not fun. This dress really made me want to sew a lapped zipper, but I'm scared!


The goodies:
Pattern: Elisalex
Size: 6 at the bust graded to a 8 at the waist. 
Alterations: 1 inch FBA 


21 comments :

  1. I love that fabric! I am envious of yellow but I can't wear it..! Yellow looks great on you, especially in this dress. I love the bodice on that dress too, but same thing about the tulip skirt, not my fave. I love this dress, I love the half circle skirt. Why have I never made one? The bodice is such a winner on you, I hope you make again.

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    1. Thanks, Kat! I think you should try to make the half circle skirt! I think it would look great on you. I was hesitant about the tulip skirt, but I think I'm going to give it a go! I do have one or two more Elisalexes planned. :)

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    2. I will, I am already planning a dress with a circle skirt. I think the Elisalex skirt it pretty and very haute couture looking, but I know I wouldn't wear it (have no where to wear it too!). Have you seen Jen's version she wore to a wedding?http://teafortwodiary.blogspot.ca/2013/09/an-elisalex-for-special-scottish-wedding.html
      Seeing this dress on you makes me think the price of the pattern is soooo worth it just to have the bodice pattern....!

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  2. Super cute! It fits you perfectly!

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  3. That looks awesome! I bought some Gertie fabric last year that I've decided is going to be a special anniversary dress. :)

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! I love Gerties fabrics! They were all devine, only if I could have snatched it all up!

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  4. It's lovely. I think the colour really suits you Kathy! Go for it with the lapped zipper. A hand picked zip is easier to put in than a machine sewn one and sometimes quicker!

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    1. Thannks, Jo! It's really funny because I normally avoid yellow like the plague, but I really liked this one. I think with my next dress, I'll try a lapped zipper. It looks easy, but for some reason I'm still terrified. I'll try the hand picked zipper after I try the normal one. :)

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  5. I love this dress, and it seems like you really do too, because you look so happy in all your photos!

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    1. Thank you, Nicole! I think I'm kinda goofy, but I'll take happy any day! :) I do love my dress, both the pattern and fabric helped a lot.

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  6. SUPER cute, and girl, you don't need to fear the lapped zipper. once you get over the hump of learning-something-new you'll wonder why you ever feared it. crazy easy.

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    1. Thanks, Oona! It is an irrational fear that I'm going to do it wrong, but with the seam ripper by my side, I think I can conquer it!

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  7. I love the fabric! It looks gorgeous on you! Also glad you ditched the tulip, I think it's a less than flattering look. But that's just my opinion :)
    I did a lapped zipper once, and was pleasantly surprised of how easy it actually was :)

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    1. Thanks, Siri! :) I have to give the lapped zipper a try. I love how it looks on everyone dress I've seen. I've always been in awe.

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  8. This is so pretty - I love the Elisalex bodice with just about any skirt and the half circle is a favourite I have yet to try! I think you should give the tulip a go, though - I am one of those who was really hesitant, but now I love the way it looks (with a bit of refinement, anyway - I took about half an inch out of the most exaggerated part of the hip curve, as my first attempt was a bit jodhpur-y... and took about 5 inches off the bottom, as that skirt is loooong!) and I have always been really self conscious about my hips and thighs.

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! I do love the Elisalex bodice. I think, by far, it's my favorite bodice. I love how it fits perfectly. I want to give the tulip skirt a go. The only problem is finding a fabric that is heavy enough fabric for it. I have to try the tulip skirt with your alterations. I, too, am self conscious about my hips and thighs. I find that their skirts are super long too or that I'm really short, which is true.

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  9. you are often nervous to try a new color/thing, and it looks so great on you!

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  10. This is gorgeous! I love the yellow fabric. I've made three Elisalex's (wearing No 3 as I type!), and was a bit unsure about the tulip skirt too, but I love it and would recommend it.

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