First of all, thank you girls for following my blog reanimation...I am slow, but definitely catching up! :D
This post shall be a big homage to the girls of BY HAND LONDON. I have been following their start up from the very beginning and as the very first patterns were finished, Elisalex contacted me and asked, whether I would like to try one or even both of their patterns...I was totally excited and asked for both of them. Very feminine shapes on both Elisalex dress, as well as Charlotte skirt, made me fell in love with those two at once.
Then, as you know,...ahhh...so much to do and such few time for sewing made me pause with my passion for months. I felt very bad not being able to provide them any feedback, but the patterns were always on my mind...and finally, I hope Elisalex can forgive me being THAT late, I have finished my first Elisalex!
I found this wonderful fabric from Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit (cotton voile). Peacock's feathers on orange base..."buy me" it said. :)
Anyway, with full trust in the two ladies and due to only few sewing time, I opted to go for this dress without muslin. I started with the bodice and sleeves, knowing, that I would need to make up my mind concerning the skirt. Recommended for this dress is medium-heavy weight fabric. This totally makes sense in order to achieve a good fullness within the skirt. My fabric is more or less medium-light weighted, so I opted to ad more pleats to the front (all in all 6 pleats; 3 on each side facing the middle).
I also added a waistband to lengthen the bodice. And here I learned a lesson about muslins. Could have added the length to the bodice on a final dress, if I had only tried a muslin beforehand. ;)
Nevertheless, this is not too bad, I think.
What I like most about this dress, is the low and wide back. From other bloggers review, I have learned, that some have had problems with the neckline and shoulders not fitting, at first. I don't know why, but I was lucky, the bodice fit from the very beginning. Seems like I have a BY HAND LONDON bodice. ;)
All in all, this pattern is a dream. Very clear and easy to follow instructions on the technical side and a wonderfully designed pattern envelope on the personal side, make this a must have.
Have a good week dear readers! Hope the summer has already arrived at your place!