Judging by the flurry of awesome Charlotte Skirts we keep spotting in blogville, I think we can safely say that we all had a pretty damn good time with the Charlotte Skirt Sewalong! We've also noticed that many of you have been getting excited about having a stab at the Elisalex Dress... Hold up!! We're still riding the sewalong wave and after a little moment to catch our breath and re-stock up on fabric, we are psyched to announce that the Elisalex Dress Sewalong will be commencing on Monday 11th March - that's exactly three weeks away people! So if you're fairly new to these sewing shenanigans and have been unsure about attempting a so-called 'intermediate' pattern, we'll be here to hold your hand every step of the way; if you've made a Charlotte and just can't get enough of us here at By Hand HQ, you're in for a treat as the Elisalex Dress sewalong will be even more ram-packed; or if you've already made the Elisalex but clearly need another one (or two!) in your life, then we will be making not one, but two Elisalex Dresses - one of which will be reversible yo! - so pretty much three Elisalex Dresses!! Can you tell how much we're enjoying this??
Holy guackers, tell me more!
First post goes up MONDAY 11th MARCH, so you have exactly three weeks to get your pattern and supplies! We will be publishing two posts per week, aiming to be done by the end of the first week in April. We will be covering the construction of the Elisalex Dress with short sleeves and the tulip skirt, as given in the pattern, as well as the sleeveless variation and alternative skirt possibilites. We will also be showing you how to make the sleeveless variation reversible!
How can I "officially" get involved?
As we mentioned in the Charlotte Skirt sewalong, you don't have to have a blog to get involved. If you'd like to share your progress and your finished dress, you can post on our Facebook page, tweet and Instagram us @byhandlondon using the hashtag #elisalexsewalong and/or #byhandlondon, and of course we'll be starting a community Pinterest board and Flickr pool. Phew! Needless to say, you don't even have to take part right away; the sewalong posts will be accessible on this here blog for all time. We absolutely LOVE hearing from you, so please also feel free to leave us a comment during the sewalong - your queries, tips and feedback will help us to improve the sewalong and make sure we cover everything!
How will the posts be broken down?
- #1 - Tracing the pattern, cutting your fabric, pros and cons of making a toile/muslin.
- #2 - How to do a full bust adjustment (FBA).
- #3 - Assembling the bodice (with sleeves).
- #4 - Assembling the bodice (sleeveless).
- #5 - Assembling & attaching the tulip skirt.
- #6 - Skirt alternatives & the Reversalex (reversible Elisalex!).
- #7 - Inserting the zipper, hemming and finishing.
- #8 - Round-up party!
*If there is anything we haven't covered here that you would like us to include, please let us know as soon as possible!*
I'm getting excited. What do I need?
- The Elisalex Dress pattern.
- Fabric. You'll need about 3m of your main fabric, plus 1m for the lining. We recommend medium-heavy weight woven fabrics such as upholstery cotton, flannel, shantung silk, brocade, jacquard, tweed, wool, corduroy, denim etc. It is important that your fabric has some substantial weight and minimum drapeyness in order for the tulip to really hold its shape. That, and the bodice feels so sexy and verging on corset-like in a structured fabric! For the lining we recommend a lightweight 100% cotton lawn. If you're making the Reversalex, as well as 3m of your main fabric you'll also need 3m of a lighter weight cotton or silk - similar to what you'd go for as a super fancy contrast lining.
- A standard 30" zipper, or a 20-22" invisible zipper if you don't like the exposed zipper look.
- A zipper foot/invisible zipper foot for your sewing machine.
- Hook & eye.
- A spool of matching thread. It’s a good idea to buy this at the same time as buying your fabric (or keep a swatch with you) to make sure you get a good colour match.
- Various dressmaking supplies: a sewing machine, fabric scissors/rotary cutter, paper scissors, tracing paper, pens & pencils, pins, a hand sewing needle, a tape measure, tailor’s chalk, an iron.
That's about it for now... In the meantime, help us spread the word and grab the official Elisalex Dress sewalong badge! Simply save the image below onto your computer and attach the following link to the image in your blog layout. Clicking on it will swiftly take you and your readers to all the Elisalex Dress sewalong posts.
Are you in???