A chambray Elisalex dress

A chambray Elisalex dress - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

A chambray Elisalex dress

A chambray Elisalex dress - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

Elisalex dress take two! Do you remember my colorful Elisalex from this summer? It was too big on me, so I wanted to try the pattern again in a smaller size. This time I cut a size 4 and drafted a straight skirt to go with it. Fits like a charm!

A chambray Elisalex dress - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

The bodice centers and the skirt are a chambray I bought from Chic Fabrics ($6/yard) during our big fabric shopping trip when the sewing bloggers took Manhattan.

A chambray Elisalex dress - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

The side panels are a cotton voile I received as a gift from a friend. I underlined the voile in the chambray to give it weight and structure.

A chambray Elisalex dress - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

The chambray has a nice feel to it and it’s not see-through, so I didn’t worry about lining this version. Instead I finished most of the seams with a serger.

A chambray Elisalex dress - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

I finished the armholes and the neckline with bias binding that I cut from the same cotton fabric as the bodice side panels.

A chambray Elisalex dress - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

A chambray Elisalex dress - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

I did a bit of topstitching to hold all the seam allowances in place. I also think that the topstitching gives the dress a more professionally-made look.

A chambray Elisalex dress - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

Nailed that waistline matching point! But the top of the zipper is a little off.

I definitely like this version of the Elisalex more than my last. I’ve also been thinking about making a wool version for winter with a circle skirt.

  • The contrasting fabrics are lovely. The dress really suits you.

  • LOVE it! The contrast is perfect for the chambray!

  • truebias

    im obsessed with chambray and this is no exception. looking great.

  • Lisette

    Those contrast panels are fantastic! Why the heck haven’t I made anything chambray? What’s wrong with me?

    • Haha!! Jump on the boat! Chambray is everywhere. I didn’t realize how popular it is right now until I wore this dress out. Everyone kept asking me if it was Chambray. I’m like, “how did you know?”

  • Your dress is lovely! The contrasting side panels are a really nice touch 🙂

  • OOh, I think this may be my favorite Elisalex dress to date – it fits you perfectly!

  • So pretty, I love it!

  • Adorable! It’ so hard to find nice chambray – this is is perfect one. Also love the contrasting panels…

  • sallieforrer

    Totally kicking myself for not snagging some of this chambray for myself!! Gorgeous on this dress, and I love the contrasting panels. I can totally see you in a lovely wool version!

    • Thanks!! Do you remember that gray and purple wool I picked up at Mood? I’m thinking of that color combo…

  • thequirkypeach

    WOWOWOW! I love this! I really like the side panels and the straight skirt – I just traced this pattern and can’t wait to sew it up 🙂 Love it in chambray!!!

  • Amy

    Chambray is one of my weaknesses. This is a really lovely dress and I adore all the cool details like the bias tape finishing.

  • Really cute! This is such a fun dress!

  • House Of Pinheiro

    i love this