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|By Hand London: Elisalex Dress (Elisalex Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Rating:||Great Wardrobe Builder |
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|Fabric:||Silk Taffeta [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
An elegant dress with a princess seamed, fully lined bodice, box pleated tulip skirt and exposed zip at centre back. There are three sleeve variations and the bodice is designed with very little ease to enhance a cinched waist.
UK 2-16; US 6-20, Based on my bust and waist measurements I made the size 6/10 and it fits perfectly
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you had finished sewing it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are warm, encouraging and friendly and would put the beginner seamstress immediately at ease. There is some idle chit-chat; I'm not criticising, just observing... for example; "Find a quiet room and a big table. A girl's gotta concentrate, especially when getting ready to cut out" (this particular girl cut out on the living room floor while watching the telly, but then I've always been a rebel) ... But at the same time some key little sewing steps are missing; tips that I believe are really necessary to get a good finish in your garment and that a beginner wouldn't "just know". For example; to fit the bodice curve in the princess seam, you really should ease stitch the side bodice pieces. And under-stitching the seam allowances of the armholes and neckline is always a good idea too.
Step 8; very wordy with no pictures, opening with "this is a little fiddly and unfortunately impossible to clarify with a drawing ..." really? Vogue manages to illustrate this step with a drawing in their instructions for this very same technique. Vogue also mentions and illustrates ease stitching and under-stitching in their instructions too. Just saying.
The "what you need" section is a little baffling, commencing somewhat hilariously with "your fabric" and then going on to list such things like pins, zipper foot and tape measure. The actual fabric quantities you need are printed elsewhere; down at the bottom left in an inconspicuous little table.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: The whole design is absolutely lovely. The size of the skirt pattern pieces gave me pause at first, but when I had basted them together and tried it on I was enchanted with the gorgeous feminine silhouette it gave. The bodice is a beautiful fit and looks really elegant both front and back views, too.
The pattern itself is beautifully packaged; this is a really high quality product.
Dislikes: There are NO metric measurements, whatsoever. This is just about inexcusable in a modern pattern.
I was surprised that the pattern didn't have pockets considering that the big pouffy skirt could so easily accommodate them. Fortunately it is super easy to put them in yourself.
Considering that the skirt has a tulip silhouette curving in towards the hemline, one would normally measure the desired length of the skirt before cutting out, in order to plan and accordingly cut the side edges so the hem allowance juts out; so that it can be turned under to sit flat against those angled side seams. The pattern piece doesn't allow for this and it isn't mentioned in the instructions, so I sure hope a novice seamster wouldn't think it is their mistake when they end up with a hem allowance too narrow to turn under smooth and flat...
patchworked silk tafetta
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
My dress is fully lined; I cut the skirt lining as a narrower version of the pattern pieces removing some of the pouffe and folding narrower box pleats in the same spots.
I chose to insert an invisible zip rather than use an exposed zip, as it suited the style of dress I had in mind.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I will definitely sew this again! It is a really beautiful and classic design. For winter I would sew this in a rich tapestry or an upholstery type of fabric, with the sleeves. This is a sure thing in my future.
Technically, the absence of metric measurements is quite annoying, and the instructions could do with more finishing tips and details to help beginners.
Design-wise; it is an absolutely beautiful and classic design, and I am very pleased with how mine turned out.
Packaging: exquisitely packed, and of very high quality and eco-friendly materials. For the connoisseur of really beautiful patterns.
I have more pictures of different views of my dress on my blog here
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