Guess what? I finally have pictures of my Elisalex dress! I finished this frock back in April but never photographed it…what a naughty blogger I’ve been. The timing worked out well though – it will be quite some time before I finish my Gatsby dress, so it’s nice to have something to show you in the mean-time.
Without further ado, here she is…my lovely Elisalex:
You’ve no doubt noticed that this is not an Elisalex as God and By Hand London intended it to be. ”What happened to the lovely bell-shaped skirt” you ask? Well, I’m a fashion chicken. A clothing wallflower you might say. Once I finished the original skirt, I felt too out of my element (and my husband’s reaction of silent confusion sealed the deal)…so I hacked it. This is much more me – much more subtle, understated. Call me a wuss. Go ahead, I can take it. But I know me, and I know that this version of the dress will actually be worn.
Ok – time to gush. I am in love with the bodice of this dress. It is, without a doubt, the perfect bodice pattern. The princess seams are super flattering, and there’s no need to fuss with dart placement. The wide neckline and slightly lowered back are sexy in a subtle way. It’s just the right amount of fitted – not too loose, not too tight – Goldilocks would feel right at home in this baby.
I have every intention of using this bodice for several more dresses. I definitely want to try an Elisalotte (Elisalex bodice with the Charlotte skirt) – I’ve been oohing and aahing over the ones I’ve seen so far, like Helen’s and Zoe’s - although technically Zoe used a different pencil skirt pattern, but it’s the same idea.
The fabric is home-dec fabric from High Fashion Home here in Houston. It is 100% Cotton, and I believe it’s called Florinda Aloe from the Dransfield and Ross collection. I was drawn to the colors and the abstract floral print. It’s fairly light for home-dec fabric, but turned out to be the perfect weight for this dress.
Like others have said, the instructions were a dream to work with, and the packaging was so beautiful. The girls at By Hand London have really got something special going on. I can’t wait to try out more of their patterns.
I underlined my skirt with silk organza to give it more stability – which would have been necessary if I had kept the original skirt. Even without the bell-shape, I prefer underlined skirts for the added opaqueness and the ability to have a completely invisible hem. I slip-stitched the hem to the interfacing so no stitches are seen on the right-side of the dress.
I also did a hand-picked zipper, as usual. I know it’s a couture technique, but I really do it because I find it much easier than a machine-inserted zip. Win-win!
I haven’t worn her yet, but Elisalex will be accompanying me to a friend’s wedding in a couple of weeks. I’m very excited to take her out on the town. I can tell we’re going to be fast friends!