The Elisalex Dress

One of my goals for this year was to conquer my fear of making clothes and just blimmin’ well have a go. In looking for a good first project, I came across By Hand London, a new pattern label whose brilliant website is chockablock full of tips and tutorials. If you have ever wondered how to insert a side seam pocket, add a waistband or roll a hem then this is the site for you.

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The BHL Gals, via By Hand London

By Hand London are currently running a sewalong on one of their patterns – The Elisalex Dress. Essentially the concept is that you buy the pattern and materials and then they take you through the process, one step at a time, so you can sew-along. To me this seemed like just the kind of hand-holding that might make the leap in to clothes-making manageable.Fabric choice was easy as I got some beautiful Echino fabric for my birthday (thanks mum!) which I’ve been dying to use. It’s a little stiffer/heavier than regular cotton so I’m hoping it will hold the pleats nicely.

Echino “Birds Bonbon” fabric – YUM!

Today I managed to trace the pattern, make what is known as a “full bust adjustment” (cheeky) to the top pieces, and cut the pieces out. I would have got further except I realized I had yet to wash my fabric and lining. As tempting as it was to ignore this step, I have promised myself to follow the BHL instructions faithfully/not to cut corners, in an attempt to avoid unnecessary hiccups.

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One small step… (via Instagram)

So really I’ve only just started, but I’m feeling very brave and adventurous nonetheless. Watch this space for updates as the dress progresses.

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2 Responses to The Elisalex Dress

  1. Great to have you on board!! That fabric is wonderful and very glad to hear you’re keeping faithfully to our instructions – can’t wait to see your finished dress!

  2. Pingback: The Elisalex – Progress report | Just Keep Sewing

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