Elisalex by By Hand London

Elisalex by By Hand London - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

Elisalex by By Hand London

Elisalex by By Hand London - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

For my first By Hand London pattern, I decided to sew the Elisalex dress. The Elisalex has a princess seam bodice with a tulip bubble skirt. You can make it with or without sleeves.

Elisalex by By Hand London - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

I lined the bodice of the dress including the sleeves. The instructions called for hand stitching the armholes of bodice lining (no sleeve linings) to the armholes of the dress, but I didn’t want to do any hand sewing, so I made the lining with sleeves, sewed it all together, and turned it inside out. Have you ever used this method to finish a top? I like the way you can see the sleeve lining when I roll the sleeves up, which is great because the sleeves are a bit longer than I like.

Elisalex by By Hand London - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

While I think the tulip skirt is super cute on the packaging, I didn’t think it would flatter me much (though Charlotte begged to differ!). The thing I like best about this pattern is that the bodice is easy to add any skirt bottom to. Google image search “Elisalex” and you’ll see all the lovely variations that sewers have made. Some with straight skirts, some with circle. I decided a simple gathered skirt would suit me just fine.

Elisalex by By Hand London - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

The fabric is a cotton plain weave. I added it to my stash over a year ago, so I was glad to use it on this dress. I sewed a US size 6, but on future dresses I’ll go down a size to 4.

Overall I like the silhouette on me. I like the wide neckline and the low cut back. I definitely have to add bra strap carriers to the shoulders, though. The neckline is too wide for bra straps to sit in the middle of your shoulders, and when I move them under the dress, they just slip down my arms.

Have you made an Elisalex and had this same problem? Dixie has a great tutorial on how to add bra strap carriers to your clothes.