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Party!!! It just has to be the Elisalex dress

Well after a couple of slimline posts this week it is time for one of those makes I’ve been hoarding away from you.

elisalex (2)It won’t surprise you that I have had this pattern for quite a while now, but had never quite got around to making it up.  Fabric was my perennial point of dithering.  However, I am at my most creative when I have a deadline to sew for, & having received an invite for not only a jolly October party, but  also a wedding in November, the Elisalex (with long sleeves) appeared to be my winter party dress solution.


Now as you’ll read on the envelope, stiff furnishing fabric is recommended, & I happen to have this gingham furnishing weight fabric from Terry’s Fabrics, but before I made up a gingham frock, I wanted to make me a party dress & happened to remember some viscose jacquard that I’d bought from Birmingham Rag Market.  I can’t believe that this fabric was £1 per metre, clearance!!  It’s LUSH!

So my Elisalex sewing experience was a little flawed in that ages ago I had cut my bodice pieces too small & I’m talking rib-constricting small.  I’m talking super strained zip.  So I had to take another princess seamed bodice that fit me & then created an Elisalex hybrid with all of the gorgeous neckline & low back.

elisalex (6)I think it worked out fine – can you tell that the bodice is not a true Elisalex dress? The rest of the dress came together no problemo.  And the fabric was lovely to sew.  Although it’s not as stiff as the By Hand girls envisioned, it still works nicely & was a lovely weight to be wearing a la party.  It has a little bit of swoosh about it…

elisalex (4)I don’t usually do low backs, but it’s a party dress, isn’t it?  I am keeping the shoulders in place with bra strap retainers – in this case they serve a dual purpose: keeping dress on shoulders & keeping bra straps hidden.

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I got plenty of dancing in with this little lovely.  I was warm enough not to need a cardigan or jacket, but not too hot that I glowed indecorously.  And it’s all sorted for the wedding now…nice!

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And now I have a custom fitting Elisalex bodice I can go Elisalex crazy like Dolly Clackett!!  I am so looking forward to a winter day Elisalex dress in gingham with a red empire line bow…

Birthday goodies & my latest running top, a Kirsten Kimono Tee

So today is my birthday & I knew you’d appreciate the sewing treats I’ve been festooned with (I am sooooo lucky!!).  I thought you’d also like to see yesterday’s make ….this will be a picture heavy post, drool away & imagine my inner joy, the perfect men I have to say responsible for many of them…and can I mention the huge amount of chuffedness to be wished happy birthday first in Danish & then in Portuguese – what a surprise & just what is so wonderful about our on-line sewing community!!

Now hope you enjoy these pics of awesome sewing pressies – I just know you’ll understand just how excited I was.  Look at this box of super goodies, an array of threads, buttons, lace & gadgets ..

sewist delight

Then in partnership with Susan from Sewbox look what I received:

sewbox gift

Yes, that is a gift wrapped in genuine Liberty fabric …

Inside ..

super pressie

Two lengths of bonafide Liberty lawn (I haven’t ever bought any of this for myself – what a treat!!) & two patterns I have been desperately hankering for – the Elisalex dress (I think I might have to break my one dress a month rule, or bring a month forward as I am frantic to make this) & the Pussy Galore blouse by Eliza M (my next make, oh yes!).  Clearly I shall try to use the fabric to make these patterns if possible …(a pink summer Elisalex dress – hmmmm yes please!).  Now I also got some money & shall use it to buy the Anise jacket pattern, it’s no good, too many gorgeous versions out there, the most recent temptation brought to us by Sonja at Ginger Makes.

But what about this genius present:


Html & CSS by Jon Duckett – even I can understand this!  You know I might actually feel comfortable with a little bit of web tinkering (I have to admit to being a total scared neo-dinosaur with respect to html at the moment!)  How insightful !

So today not only did I have many wonderful sewing related gifts,  I also elected to spend my birthday running in the Longleat 10k (which came before pressie opening just to prolong the special day!) What was fun?  I got Gary to join me ! Hehehehe!  Now Gary is actually a naturally fit man & could become a very good runner (“for his age” he would like me to add), however circumstances usually conspire against him as soon as he starts to get any kind of running routine.

Dynamic duo

However, for those of you who don’t know, Longleat is in Wiltshire & its business operates as a safari park & stately home.  It is set in a wonderful estate, hosts a Center Parcs leisure complex but is most famous for its lions! However, you will be disappointed I expect, to realise that the 10k did not feature any outrunning of carnivorous beasts, marvelling at giraffes or evading the notorious monkeys.  For anyone interested it was tough: 3 hills (not undulations), but with the ups at least there were downs…, and it was less than an hour of challenge.  We were both pleased with our times & the ensuing license such exercise gave us to feast ourselves on a slap up Sunday dinner.

Longleat runner

Here I am with the impressive Longleat House (side view only) in the background.  I am modelling my latest running top:  a Kirsten Kimono Tee from Maria Denmark made out of technical “wicking” fabric.  Check out my awesome leggings – a Christmas pressie – I made the top to match them.  I’m pleased with my latest attempt at sewing a running top.  It is royal blue with cerise pink bindings to the neck, sleeves & hem.   The hem actually involves a little bit of a drawstring & bow (mainly because the differences between the pink & blue fabrics meant that the pink misbehaved & needed drawing in to line!  But I like the bow …)

Kristen running

Here it is on Barbarella.  Looking forward to wearing it on show as opposed to it being underneath a warmer running top …See the medal – it features a Longleat lion!

Next post will be the next installment of “Desert Island Sewing” …oooh!  So many exciting sewing thoughts to think about!!!!  Happy Sunday everyone 🙂