|Pattern Description: |
An elegant dress with a low scooped back, princess seamed, fully lined bodice, box pleated tulip skirt and exposed zipper at centre back. There are three sleeve variations and the bodice is designed with very little ease to enhance the waist.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
The bodice is the same but I used a circle skirt instead of the tulip skirt.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
They sure are!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This is my third Elisalex - fifth if you include the two muslins! I love the bodice style. The front and back neckline is simple but sweet and after spending so much time fitting it I feel that I need to make this pattern multiple times. I love the original tulip skirt but the circle skirt is a great substitute when it comes to making a far more casual version of the dress.
Ponte, which is a great medium-weight double knit fabric.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
FBA (about two inches, I believe), eliminated back zipper, tucks in back neckline, shaved fabric off the princess seams under the bust for a closer fit to my waist, swapped tulip skirt for circle skirt, and didn't line the dress.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will sew this pattern again, but with the original skirt pattern. I love this dress and it is a great wardrobe staple. My two ponte Elisalexes are great for winter but I will be looking forward to making additional versions to suit the warmer seasons. I definitely recommend this pattern to others, with or without the original skirt, as I have made it both ways.
A great pattern from a great indie pattern designer. I really enjoy making this dress as its instructions are straight forward and there is lots of info on the By Hand London website about sewing the Elisalex dress, performing an FBA, adding pockets to the skirt, making the dress reversible, etc. Even a beginner can make this dress - maybe just muslin first!
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