I have been making Tony’s coat, but really wanted to make myself something new for a wedding a couple of weeks ago. So I found myself in Fabricland again, looking at the silk velvet and the silk satin dupion and wandering which one to go for. I really wanted a green dress for ages, so this silk satin dupion (not real silk, but hey!) in the forest green colour was just calling out to me.
This is the third Elisalex i’ve made, and it’s definitely the best one so far, although i’m still making them way too long and having to chop a load off at the end.
It was a bit chilly outside so I had to wear my coat for some of the photos…but I think it’s good to see how it works with various accessories!
So, my seam matching isn’t perfect at the front, but they are both the same amount ‘out’ on each side. And actually the seams on the side all match so i’m not too fussed.
I love this pattern, however next time I will give it a go with either a gathered or pleated skirt, and not do the tulip skirt. It is really nice as a tulip, and looks very smart and so lovely with heels too, but I need to move away from the tulip a bit and branch out to do something else with this pattern. Plus, it’s not as practical for everyday wear.
I lined the bodice (as per the pattern instructions) but didn’t do the skirt – to be honest with this fabric and the tulip skirt, I didn’t really think it necessary. I am really please with how the lining looks, and I slip stitched it all in so it’s nice and neat. I also used a ‘catchstitch’ for the hem which i’ve never done before, and it turned out just fine!
I always find the hem on this skirt really hard to do, probably because of the tulip shape. Does anyone else ever get this?
All in all i’m pretty please with this version, it took my a Sunday afternoon to make it all up, and then an evening after work to finish off, hem and tidy up – probably the quickest sewing project i’ve ever done!
<3 Sofia xx