This weekend I could mostly be found sewing… also nipping out to buy a zip/eat gelato at our favourite neighbourhood spot… but mostly sewing, and I am pleased to announce that my Elisalex dress is DONE!!
The skirt of the Elisalex is a beautiful tulip shape, with box pleats at the front and back. These were fine to put in, although I did end up moving them when I came to join the top to the skirt. I’m not sure if I traced the pattern wrong, or if the FBA messed up where the princess lines fell, but the front pleats needed moving by about 1/2 inch.
On Sunday the clouds lifted and the sun came out so I ran outside (with M, good man) to take a few photos. Full disclosure – the lining wasn’t fully finished. But it is forecast to rain for the next week and I really wanted some photos in the sun.
I’ve never taken any “outfit photos” before (if you are unfamiliar with the phenomenon, check out blogs like Love Maegan to see how it should be done!) and I frankly felt a bit of an awkward wombat twirling around while M snapped away. It was also freezing, so we only spent about 10mins outside. As a result the photos aren’t ideal – lots of hair-in-the-face/squinting-in-the-sun. I’m resolved to try to do better with the next project.
But moaning and self-critique aside: IT’S DONE AND I LOVE IT!!!!! I love the fabric, I love the chunky purple zip, I love the shape of the skirt, I love it all and I LOVE that I made it. Thank you thank you By Hand London for guiding me through my first ever dress. I’m already plotting the next one…