2013/06/02

Big hugs to BY HAND LONDON...sew sorry for being late...

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.


Thank you Elisalex, once more, for this lovely gift. I hope I could meet your expectations! ;)

Have a good week dear readers! Hope the summer has already arrived at your place!

12 comments:

  1. Absolutely love this dress! Every time I see another Elisalex, I think I really need to get this pattern! And I love the fabric - I made a top out of the same dreamy voile and it is my favorite summer top! :)

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  2. This is so beautiful! I absolutely love it!

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  3. pretty fabric and dress!

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  4. Whaaaaaaa it's so beautiful!!!! It looks absolutely delicious on you and seriously digging the skirt you attached :) STUNNING!!! xxx

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  5. What a super cute summer frock! Such a flattering bodice! Awesome work, Nette :D

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  6. This dress is very nice and you look beautiful in it. Well done! I particularly like the fabric which is gorgeous. May I ask you if you did underline the fabric (if yes whith what) or if you did line the dress (if yes with what). I also purchased a voile from AMH but it is very sheer and I do not quite know how to line or underline it (I would like to sew a top) so that I would not loose it's drape. Thank you for your thoughts and welcome back in the sewing world!

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  7. I love this fabric! It's so gorgeous and the combination with the charlotte skirt is such a cute idea. I've already made the Elisalex and was lucky to not have any problems with the bodice fit but I can see how some people might.

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  8. It's beautiful! My favorite version of this dress!

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  9. So pretty - I adore your fabric!

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  10. Love your version of this dress. I really want to get this pattern at some point.

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  11. Nice to see you!! :-) And for this very beautifull and feminine dress, it's more and more nice! (my english is not better than befrore your sewing pause, sorry!)

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  12. I love this dress! The fabric is beautiful! Definitely one of my favorite versions. This pattern is definitely on my to-do list once my sewing skills get out of newbie city.

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