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Elisalex Dress Sewalongers: Sew us yours!!

Well guys, there's no other way really to put this but... Shucks. You lot have done us proud. Proud like watching your kid in the lead role of the school play proud. We have been absolutely bowled over by your beautiful Elisalex Dresses! Seriously, it is with baited breath and hearts a-thumping that we read each and every one of your posts, teary eyed at how beautiful and happy you all look, knowing that we had a small part to play in that. Ok, enough gushing... Sewalongers, over to you!

First of all, we were so thrilled that some of you chose the Elisalex Dress pattern for Julia Bobbin's second annual Mad Men Challenge! Just feast your eyes upon Stephanie's Betty Draper inspired beauty:


Stephanie, of blog Mabel Makes, is utterly divine in her watercolour floral dress. The fabric she chose was a lightweight cotton, which she underlined in silk organza at the skirt to support the tulip shape.

Brunette beauty Erin (aka Miss Crayola Creepy) is channeling Megan Draper in her insanely incredible acid 60s print:

Erin Elisalex 1 041313Seriously, if I (Elisalex) could find wallpaper in that print, that would be my house DONE.

We absolutely adore Helen's Joan inspired Elisalotte!! That's the Elisalex Dress bodice paired with our Charlotte Skirt for the ultimate wiggle dress!

helenEAnother beauty in blue, Hazel used a swirly whirly print cotton sateen fabric for her Elisalex Dress:


She omitted the lining, and instead cleverly drafted herself a neckline facing to avoid having to settle for the polyester lining fabrics available at the shop she works at. Hazel also followed our bonus tutorial on adding side seam pockets.

Up next, Sue is sweet and sexy, and a much needed ray of sunshine in her sleeveless Easter Elisalex:


Sue also added side seam pockets and fully lined her dress. Just check out those innards:

privaterunway2Tokyo based Angela, of Sake Puppets, has stolen our hearts with her sleeveless Elisalex in this bold Nani Iro linen:


We here at BHL HQ are massive fans of Nani Iro fabrics and can't think of much better for the perfect summer dress!

It's hard to believe it, but this was Siobhan's first ever dress:

siobhanELooks pretty damn profesh to us - she even did an FBA! That's some serious dressmaking de-virginising going on there!

Get ready for this next one...


London based Emily, of Me and My Polar Bear, hacked up a Tesco duvet cover to make this totally far out galaxy dress! Now, strictly speaking we don't do favourites but...

galaxy 3And that's not it!! There are just too many of your delicious dresses to possibly round up in one post. We'll be back soon with more of your Elisalex Dresses - so if you haven't quite finished, there's still time!!

Comments on this post (17)

  • Apr 26, 2013

    Hmmmm I wonder if Spoonflower do custom printed wallpaper too…? Dangerous stuff.

    — byhandlondon

  • Apr 26, 2013

    Ahh seriously?? Thank you!!

    — Haylee

  • Apr 26, 2013

    Ooooh let us know when it’s done!

    — byhandlondon

  • Apr 26, 2013

    No thank you for doing our pattern such a justice!! Can’t wait to see your Charlotte!

    — byhandlondon

  • Apr 26, 2013

    So glad you enjoyed it! And don’t hold back on that dozen…! ;)

    — byhandlondon

  • Apr 19, 2013

    Dear By Hand London.
    Thanks so much for the feature and lovely words about my Elisalex.
    These are all so gorgeous. Great pattern and Great sewers.
    and I am going to make Chalotte Skirt soon!!!!

    — Sue

  • Apr 20, 2013

    I am making my one as well, cant wait to show you guys

    — Bella

  • Apr 22, 2013

    I am obsesssssed with Sue’s and Stephanie’s dresses. Goodness! Those fabrics!! Absolutely beautiful and I also love Erin’s fun 60s version. Great job ladies!!

    Here’s my Elisalex:

    — Haylee

  • Apr 26, 2013

    LOVE yours!!! So beautiful – and will be in the next round up for sure :)

    — byhandlondon

  • Apr 18, 2013

    These are soooo cute!

    — Ginger

  • Apr 18, 2013

    Hello, I love these dresses, didn’t they do well!! Have you seen my take on the Elisalex Dress. I turned it into a tail coat.

    — Stitchless TV

  • Apr 19, 2013

    Thanks for sharing! This sewalong was really fun. (^O^)/
    I feel inspired to make a dozen more!

    — Angela

  • Apr 17, 2013

    If I could get the fabric in wallpaper it would be all over my house too! ;)

    Thanks for the feature!

    — Miss Crayola Creepy

  • Apr 17, 2013

    Cute, cute, cute, cute cute!!! I’m loving all of these renditions and I can’t wait to see the next bunch ;o)

    — Marie

  • Apr 18, 2013

    Wonderful wonderful elisalexes !! Just makes me want to get organised and make mine…..

    — Scruffy badger

  • Apr 17, 2013

    These versions are all so gorgeous! I now wish I’d left a bit more of the length in my version but hey ho I’m planning more versions already so plenty time for that.
    Thanks again for hosting the sew-along, it’s been so much fun!

    — Kathryn

  • Apr 17, 2013

    These are spectacular! They’re all so beautifully done! Great job ladies :)

    — Kacie

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