Elisalex v3

What can I say, I love this pattern! Universally flattering, easy to fit and a classic versatile design. Of course I refer to Elisalex by indie pattern makers By Hand London.

By Hand London Elisalex

This is my third version of this dress (previous versions here and here), but my first sleeveless version.

I had a party to go to this weekend and the theme was ‘Black and White Cocktail’. What perfect excuse to roll out this favourite pattern again?

Construction wise I don’t have much to say as it went together just like my previous versions. Although, for some reason I had a small issue with the back gaping a little, nothing major, but enough to bother me. I didn’t really want to take any fabric out so I resolved this by running a little elastic along the edge to gently pull it in.  You can see in the photo below that there some small gathers, but when I am standing and moving this flattens out. I suspect some more stay stitching along this edge might prevent this in future.

By Hand London Elisalex

The fabric is a delightful black heavy polyester blend from my favourite treasure house of gorgeous fabrics, Alannah Hill, and bought during the recent shopping expedition as part of Frocktails in Melbourne. It is a stunning fabric, but not without its woes. It was a pain to work with, frayed a lot and has absolutely no “give” at all. This has resulted in a slightly more fitted dress than my previous versions, but I don’t mind this so much. Being a cocktail dress I didn’t expect to be slouching around and so pretty much zero ease is ok.


The fabric is much stiffer than my that used in my previous versions and initially I found the skirt to stick out too much. After a call for help on twitter, and taking some  advice from my fellow sewists, I took the seams in another 1″ on each side, resulting in the skirt being less voluminous!

By Hand London Elisalex

I must warn you now – I have made a fourth Elisalex, which I will share with you soon 🙂  What can I say? I really love this pattern!

24 thoughts on “Elisalex v3

  1. I think this is your best one yet! Your fabric looks like it has the perfect amount of body and has given the skirt such great shape! Looking forward to #4 🙂

  2. This is gorgeous! I absolutely love the fabric, and the fix on the back is great. I hope you had a fab time at the do, and I shall look forward to seeing Elizalex number 4.

  3. Your frock is gorgeous, love that the fabric that has a little bit of interest about it. I must get on this band wagon. I have the Elizalex pattern and oh, at least five fabric options in the stash, just need to stop fluffing around with other stuff. I keep seeing so many beautiful versions on the interwebs, I feel as though I am missing out!

  4. Ooh I remember this fabric! Not counting the trouble it gave you – the dress looks great. Definitely the right decision to downsize the skirt slightly – the proportions are perfect 🙂

  5. Gorgeous dress – I’m really loving this style on you, and despite the fabric’s questionable temperament it really works with the design 🙂 I find heavier fabrics do have a tendency to cause back gaping more than lighter ones in general, so perhaps that’s why you experienced it with this version and not your previous ones?

    …. I really have to jump on the Elisalex bandwagon one of these days 😛

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