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I promised I would post a pic of the finished dress and also my step-daughter wearing it. Here she is on her way to the prom…

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Unfortunately she wasn’t up for doing multiple poses to show off the dress! However, she loved it and said she got asked lots of times where she got her dress from, so that was nice. Glad it’s over though, I would be no good making wedding dresses as I stressed out plenty over this one! Time for some me-sewing now I think.


I kept returning to the Elisalex from By Hand London and looking at it closely. I loved the shape but was worried it would make me look huge with that tulip skirt. In the end I decided to buy the pattern and used an old curtain to run up a muslin. My goodness, I changed my mind!! I quickly decided this was going to be the pattern I used for the next special dress I needed.
Such a good job my lovely friend Karena is getting married! I scored some gorgeous floral print linen in the sale at Calico Laine which was already sitting in my stash. To this i added some bright pink cotton for the lining. I got to work on the bodice…

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This dress comes together beautifully and sewing the bodice is a pleasure as its finished off so neatly. I had to take a tiny bit off the centre back to stop it gaping a bit but otherwise it fit perfectly.

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The skirt is very clever. Although it feels like far too much fabric while you are cutting and sewing it, those pleats do such a fab job of creating the tulip shape and it just works! I managed to get my pleats and seams lined up (nearly!) and I'm really pleased with how it's turned out.

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I have still to decide on the hem length – this will depend on my shoe choice which at the moment is veering towards some fuschia pink high heeled mules – sort of retro and elegant, like this dress.

I know I haven’t posted a pic of me wearing it yet – I will do one I have hemmed it but I already know I love it! I’ve got plans to make a sleeved version in a brown suiting fabric which will be perfect for work.

I have also ordered both the Anna and the Victoria so that should keep me busy for the rest of the summer….