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.
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.
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?
I’m pretty sure I haven’t mentioned this yet but I’ve teamed up with the lovely people at White Tree Fabrics to become one of their bloggers. This is so exciting for me as it gives me a reason to sew and blog lots of dress patterns, on a semi regular basis.
I finished the above dress the weekend before last which also happened to be my birthday weekend, so I’ve aptly named it the birthday dress. I already love it so, so much and will definitely be using the pattern again. Next time, though, I think I’ll make it slightly shorter and size down a bit as it’s slightly too big. I might also lengthen the straps a bit and bring down the neckline.
White Tree Fabrics kindly supplied me with the fabric, pattern and notions of my choice and I sat down and made it. I chose the Vogue 8723 pattern because I liked the high neckline and thick straps and I don’t have anything like this in my wardrobe already. Although I loved the pattern (it reminds me a bit of the By Hand London Flora dress), gathering the skirt was probably the worst part. I’m a pleats kind of girl, so I suppose that gathering will always seem more fiddly. I also had to put in an extra panel in the sides of the dress as the fabric wasn’t wide enough but it turned out fine in the end.
I chose the Tilda Martine fabric as it just appealed to me. I have such a love for florals and the fabric is so lovely that these photos don’t really do it justice.
A close-up of the fabric. Isn’t it a beauty?
I’m looking forward to trying out some more patterns in the future. In the meantime, why not check out what other bloggers have made, here.
Just a quick note to let you know what I’m currently working on. The Vogue 8723 dress, in a lovely Tilda fabric. I still have some finishing touches to do (such as the hemming etc) but there will be a post about it soon. It’s definitely up there as one of my favourite handmade dresses.