Dressmaking & sewing

Pattern mixing: Elisalex meets Vogue V8723

January 12, 2015

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A little while ago, I took part in this competition run by the lovely ladies from By Hand London but because of London and work in general, my laptop breaking, Christmas, New Year and various other things, it’s taken me a while to post it.

The brief for the competition was to make a modified version of any By Hand London pattern and so I decided on using the Elisalex pattern. It is probably my favourite By Hand London pattern as it’s so classic and vintage in style, plus I love the shape of the skirt.

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Having made an Elisalex dress fairly recently, I thought I’d forgo on the skirt this time and just use the top pattern. I mixed this with the skirt from my new favourite pattern (Vogue’s V8723 of course) and used a sweet hedgehog fabric which began life as a duvet cover.

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A close-up of the hedgehog fabric I used

I really like using duvet covers and sheets as fabric as they’re cheap and versatile. The quality of this type of fabric isn’t always great as it can tend to be quite thin, but as long as the dress is lined it’s generally ok. Plus, duvet covers and sheets also work really well for any muslins you make.

I’m really happy with this dress. I love the fit and it feels summery and wearable. Initially, I added sleeves, but they didn’t look right this time, so I took them out. Plus, the pattern matching doesn’t look too out of place and that’s always a winner, right?

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5 Comments

  • Reply sewandsee January 12, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I think you did a great job and love love love the fabric, now all we need is some sun :)

  • Reply springystitches January 12, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    This dress is lovely and the hedgehog print is gorgeous! I too have made dresses from duvet covers and made a retro one last summer that cost me about £2.50 to make.

    • Reply Aneira January 12, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      Thank you! Wow, sounds great! I love retro duvet covers :)

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