The Geometric Elisalex Dress @By Hand London.

Inspiration: The geometric print its very funky and modern so I decided to create a contrast with a vintage lace and a big collar. For the styling I concentrate my make up on the eyes, with a lot of blue  & grey tones and braided fringe.
Pattern: By Hand London: Elisalex Dress. The pattern comes in a sleeved envelope, it is printed in tissue pattern and has a instruction booklet. It has contemporary fashion illustration instead of traditional pattern layout. I like it personally because it express their individuality.
elisalex Collage
On the outer sleeve there is a little biography from who the pattern is named after. It’s cute. I like the layout of the back of the booklet with a few alterations. I think even with a exaggerated skirt, the pattern should allocate a hip measurement. I also would love to know the ease and the finished item size. I offered this feedback to Elisalex and she said she would take on board and if they receive enough of the same feedback they would alter future prints. So please leave your thoughts on their Facebook Page. 
Once you open the booklet, it  has a little intro about the company and a few tips before the project start, the layplan (layout plan) and the instructions. For me, the instructions are simple, however I don’t follow step by step and I think for people that like to be advice every step there are a few steps missing. I would say it’s more like a guidance than instructions.
Since this pattern is not for complete beginners, I feel the instructions are appropriate to this level. I also think the dress is fairly easy to sew and a beginner could do it.

Fabric: This Gorgeous print Gilt Trip Links in Metallic. There are so many hight thread count cottons available in the market today and they are perfect for clothes. What make it so great it’s because they are very easy to handle and press, mistakes don’t spoilt the fabric if you need to unpick and the endless possibilities for colour and style. I’m sold, you know I made many outfits in quilting cotton.

As I mention, both pattern and fabric were kindly given to me by Annie from The Village Haberdashery and I am so grateful for it. I can also say that I was a happy customer before she approached me.
Size and alterations: You may know the pattern 1st print been taken out the market due some grading errors, which I spotted and fixed it.  My alteration journey can be seen here including my 2 muslins.
Level: I think the dress is fairly simple constructions. The instruction booklet indicate it’s 

average difficulty.

Pattern skill: You would need to know how to sew curves, zipper, set sleeves and lining (optional)

Year: Modern. I made mine look a little vintage-tea dress.

Details and Notions: vintage lace and invisible zipper. I need to add a hook and eye still. Self draft collar.
Time to complete: 4 hours on and off. I have to say next run of the pattern would be a bit quicker.

First worn: Nov 15. Another very grey and cloudy english autumn day. I manage to get few rays of sunshine in between the clouds. My local park was still stunning… 

Will you make it again? Yes, If you seen my muslin 2 the play in stripes would love very cute on this pattern.
What I could have done better? In my rush to finish I messed the lace collar a bit and I should had added the hook and eye before the photos.

What did you particularly like or dislike about this pattern: I love they are independent designers from London, so lets keep supporting local creative business. I love the back design and the skirt pleas. I am not of fan of exposed zipper so I omitted. 
Photo shoot camera: Olympus D 475+ Gorilla tripod. 

* I have worked on the incorrectly printed pattern and regraded by hand.
  • Rachel. Love your dress.Looks great on you..
    I think my favorite is the front .Love the neck line.. Happy sewing..
    ps hope your feeling better.

    • Thanks Judy. I feeling a lot better but at night im still coughing .. nothing that a a week with my family doesnt cure.. I’m meeting them soon!

  • You did SUCH a good job! Your instagram sneak peeks were driving me crazy, I wanted to see the dress so bad and it did not disappoint! 🙂 Can’t wait to buy this pattern when it is available!

  • Stunning Rachel!! And I love the addition of the collar – such a pretty detail to contrast with the geometric fabric. We salute you for doing such a justice to the dress despite not having the revised pattern!

    To add a note about the finished measurements – we have said that there is minimal ease in the bodice of this figure hugging dress, and the finished measurements are equal to that of the bust and waist measurements given on the folder. We will be including this information on the product pages, and on all future packaging after this first print run. And yes please – any feedback as to how we can improve, or even what you think we’re already doing right, is massively appreciated so we can only keep on getting better with every collection to come!

    Thank you for the lovely write up Rachel, and we can’t wait to see your next BHL make!!

    xxx Elisalex

  • Great dress and well worth the trial runs. Love the vintage lace trims

    • me too… Im been drawn to some vintage finds recently and I hope to find more like that

  • This is a beautiful dress! Well done- I especially like how you made the contemporary style look vintagey with the lace belt and collar. Great pics…

    • Thank you… Im loving the exploration of a new creative route .. thats why i love sewing so much.. you can create so many opportunities

  • Absolutely beautiful 🙂

  • another beautiful dress

    • Thank you Pauline, we need to catch up soon.. im loving your outfits.. always so elegant!

  • Gorgeous Rachel, love the fabric print combined with the lace.

    • Thanks Kerry, Its not what you would naturally mix together but really works.

  • Rachel well done!
    The dress looks fantastic on you!!

  • Love this print Rachel. Great dress and really lovely photos x

    • Thanks Janene. Autumn is the most beautiful season to shoot photos. shame its cold.

  • Stunning dress. You’ve used great fabric and lovely detailing. The back neckline is a cool feature.

    • Indeed. I made a bit higher so I could use at work If I wanted to…

  • This looks fab! The print is super 70s and looks great on you. I must admit to ordering this pattern after you linked it on twitter. Super excited to see how it goes especially after this winner!

    • Thanks darling.. I will have a give-away as soon as they are reprinted!

  • Well done, I think it looks great, and I love the addition of the collar, especially the back detail. This looks like a dress pattern both of my daughters will wear!

  • Your dress is great! the print and the lace were a good decision. Well done

  • Great dress!!!! Your dresses always turn out so perfect, you’re so good at alterations.

    Rachel you always look so glam in your photos, like a model!! I appreciate the effort that goes into your hair, makeup and location of your photos. Love viewing them on your blog x

  • What a fantastic dress! It looks so great on you and that fabric is awesome! Great makeup, too 🙂

  • All I can say is that your hard work in the adjustment phase paid off!!

  • What an awesome dress!! You look gorgeous and your choice of print was spot on. Great work!

  • Love the photo shoot – looks as if you had a ball! And the dress is brilliant, very you and very well sewn…..J

  • Stunning Rachel, absolutely stunning! I love the added colar too!

  • Cute dress! The lace is the winning touch!

  • I’m so in love with this dress! The lace is a great touch. I just can’t get over the fabric! I love that design. I want your dress so bad! lol Great job!

  • Beautiful dress and styling!

  • Love this! It’s so super cool!!

  • The fabric is perfect paired with that neckline and back! I love all the lace details – it’s quite possibly my favorite dress of yours!

  • i love the collar addition! and the fabric, and the belt, and the whole shape of the dress. i think it looks great on you! this is the first version i’ve seen of this pattern and i love it!

  • Beautiful! I absolutely love how the collar looks from the back view. Very very cool 🙂

  • Looks great, love that fabric choice.

  • I absolutely adore this dress – I think geometric prints suit you perfectly! You look lovely in it Rachel 🙂

  • Love your personal touches – you have such great individual style! This is just beautiful.

  • Jen

    What a beautiful dress – I especially love the lace belt.

  • Kat

    Looks lovely, you should be very happy with such a nice dress!

  • Anonymous

    English is not your native language is it?

  • OMG. How did I miss this. I am sold!!! xxx