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!
Size: 6 at the bust graded to a 8 at the waist.
Alterations: 1 inch FBA