Pink pink pink!


By Hand London’s Elisalex dress is one of my all-time favourite patterns and the box pleats in the tulip skirt give it such a great shape.

elisalex back

The patterns all come in very sleek and swish packaging and the instructions are excellent.


The way the bodice is lined is especially neat and I chose to line this exceptionally pink number with a sheer white lining fabric which adds to the luxurious feel of the whole shebang. It reminds me of the first dress I ever made, aged about 15. I wore it til it had holes in and was beyond repair (well into my 20s), and this Elisalex makes me smile in just the same way.


I found BHL’s sewalong really handy. I’ve now made 3 of these, including The Reversible Elisalex of Pure Joy (post coming soon!) and have ideas in the pipeline for many more. I love the idea of pattern-hacking to match different skirts and bodices and create lots of variations.



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