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What I wore: my ‘Elisalex’ to a beautiful wedding

July 31, 2013


At the weekend we went to a wedding, and i’ve been dying for an opportunity to finish off the Elisalex dress i’ve been making and take it on it’s first outing.

Turns out baby blue is the perfect colour for a wedding guest dress, and it went perfectly with my sequin blazer and wedges!

The wedding itself was a beautiful day – the location was just perfect and the weather almost held off all day. One of Tony’s oldest friends from the Isle of Wight was getting married to his girlfriend of 10 years, and it was a lovely ceremony and really good fun. Needless to say the bride looked beautiful!


From left to right: The bride and groom, human pyramid, John and Heather, wedding flowers

Back to my Elisalex dress!

I had to play around quite a bit with the bodice on this one, as the original one I made straight from the pattern was a bit short, so I lengthened it a couple of centimetres. I also made the arm hole slightly bigger so that the straps were also a bit thinner, as with the original one it cut in to my arm pits a bit. Also, I feel like things that are really tight up to my arm pit aren’t particularly flattering on my upper arms…

I had an issue with the princess seams too – as you can probably tell from the photos. I now understand that you don’t need to bunch up the fabric for a princess seam as this does cause unsightly bumps. However I don’t think they were too noticeable on the dress from far away, and as a first go I don’t think I did too bad!



Rest of the outfit:

 Sequin blazer from Miss Selfridge (in the sale ages ago!)
 Wedges by Kurt Geiger
♥ Medium pale blu glitter bow by Crown and Glory
 Rimmel ‘Kate Moss’ lasting lipstick
 Barry M nail varnish in coral red


I’m wondering whether I should take the seam allowance in slightly in the next version I make to make it ever so slightly tighter around my waist. What do you think?



This has been my favourite make so far – the pattern is really lovely and after I got over the first few hurdles with the bodice isn’t actually that hard. I am planning to make many more of these, and will also try some sleeved versions for the winter, as well as a version with a non-tulip skirt. Once i’ve perfected it I have some amazing Liberty print curtain fabric which I think will be perfect for this pattern!

Big, sewing love and congrats to Leo and Jen!




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