My Elisalex dress!

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So, last week I finished my version of the Elisalex Dress from By Hand London, and I love it!!!

First of all, it came together so easily and it is so flattering.  I wore it to a party on Saturday night and got so many compliments, way more than for any other self-made dress I’ve ever worn.

I had originally wanted to make the dress with short sleeves, but I think I cut the bodice one size too small, so the sleeves were a bit too tight around my shoulder.  Anyways, I really like how it looks without the sleeves after all, and it’s perfect for hot & humid Toronto summers.  I’ll be sure to make a with-sleeves version for my next Elisalex!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I got the fabric from Ikea.  It’s Solrun by Malin Åkerblom.  It’s an upholstery weight fabric and perfect for keeping the shape of the Elisalex (& the flowers are really cute too.)

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Overall, I would really recommend the Elisalex pattern.  The instructions are really straight forward.  Whenever I was in doubt of anything I simply went onto the By Hand London website to check out their Elisalex Dress Sewalong.

I can’t wait to make my Charlotte skirt – which I already have fabric picked out for (& eventually a Victoria blazer)!

Have you made the Elisalex dress? Do you have plans to make it?  What’s your current favorite pattern?

  1. I made the Elisalex but put the Charlotte skirt on it. I’ve just finished the Victoria blazer & need to blog it. It’s a delight to make too!

    • Oops – and I love this on you & the fabric is lovely & really eye catching – great choice!

      • Emily said:

        Thanks so much!
        Your Elisalex is beautiful! Love your Victoria blazer as well. I really want to try out that pattern soon, once i’ve made the Charlotte skirt (which I already have fabric picked out for!)

        • Thank you. You will be finished Charlotte in no time – and Victoria is a delightfully easy jacket to make. I’m looking for fabric for my second one.

  2. Karen said:

    It’s lovely! Looks like a fun dress to wear!

    • Emily said:

      Thanks! It is very fun to wear!

    • Emily said:

      Thanks! Nice bobbin stand! Will definitely continue follow your blog. 🙂

  3. You look stunning! I didn’t know about this pattern, but now that i’ve seen yours I want to make one too. I think I have just the right fabric for it, too…

    • Emily said:

      Thanks for the compliment! Hope you decide to make Elisalex too, would love to see your version!

  4. Betty Cumming said:

    Hi Emily.

    Was going to call you today to see how you are doing. Just looked at my I Pad And can see you are doing okay. The dress looks lovely and you are doing so Well with your sewing. Is there anything you can’t do?

    Everything is fine with me except for this damp weather.

    Hope everything works out okay with your wedding photography on Saturday.

    Love ya. Nana.

  5. This dress looks stunning on you! The fabric nod the fit are perfect. I’m totally inspired to make one myself now!

    • Emily said:

      Thanks so much! You should!!!

  6. This is so lovely! Really great fabric, have yet to check out the Ikea range, but am definitely going to after seeing your creation. Am v happy that we are at least partly responsible for you getting lots of compliments on a night out 🙂

  7. laura gonzalez said:

    Great minds think alike! I had used the same fabric here in the UK to make a dress using new look 6723! I made it around the same time and wore it to a wedding in august. Ikea is great for fabrics, and not only for curtains!

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