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Studded Elisalex

I promised you all my own partyhardy dress in honor of Sew It Up (and because I got a bit bored with all the other party dresses in my wardrobe after heaving them in heavy rotation for the last 5 years) This dress was made using the same fabric as my beloved jacket I made November last year. I absolutely love working with this fabric since it's easy to cut, easy to press and easy to sew. Elisalex 2


  • Pattern: By Hand London - Elisalex
  • Size: 12/16 front bodice, 10/14 bodice back, 12/16 skirt
  • fabric: Pauli
  • lining: Pauli, leftover from my stash. (and it's red!)
  • metal zipper: stash
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Flat Pattern Adjustments

  • lowered the neckline on the front bodice with 2 cm;
  • graded from a 12/16 bust to a 10/14 waist on the front bodice
  • Shortened the skirt by 21cm before construction
  • put in pockets (Colette Hazel)

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Adjustments after first fitting

  • shortened the skirt another 3.5 cm, made a 2.5 cm hem
  • took in the bodice from the armhole to the apex with 2.5 cm at the armhole
  • this fabric stretched more than I expected so I had to take out another 8 cm out of the waistline by making deeper pleats on the skirt & taking in the seams on the bodice so they would still match
elisalex 3 Elisalex 1 Since this dress performed brilliantly through both Christmas day and New Year's day (food filled days, in my family) I consider it a winner. I also like the shorter lenght on the skirt. I plan on wearing this dress on an everyday basis and while teaching so I think this make is a huge win in my closet. And before you ask: it was 3°C outside when I took these pictures. The things I do for this blog... Any succesful makes on your end lately?