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