Pattern Hack

When the girls at By Hand London announced their #PatternHackathon, the timing couldn’t have been better! I’ve been planning this combo for a while now as both patterns have such beautiful shapes. I combined the elegant bodice of the Elisalex dress with the lovely Deer and Doe Belladone skirt:

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I love the shape of the Elisalex all over but especially at the back:

 

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With a November wedding, I knew I needed sleeves and I decided to hack the patterns together to allow a longer skirt (but still a fun shape thanks to the fun and flattering pleats!) As so often happens, I found fabric inspiration in the wonderful Guthrie and Ghani and chose this delicate and luxurious Nani Iro double gauze and added a super cute lace trim around the hem lining (I LOVE the hem facing in this pattern!)

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Here’s the back again because I love it so much:

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I had to move the skirt pleats to line up with the princess seams which was much easier than I’d feared. I kept the size of the pleats the same by re-positioning the pattern piece to match the bodice seams. I did have to take quite a lot out of the side seams of the skirt to make the two fit. The Belladone waist line is slightly lower and therefore slightly wider I suppose. I also found the bodice gaped at the back and fell off my shoulders in a way that the previous versions I’ve made didn’t. I’m glad I removed the zip and took the dress in at the centre back as the snug fit is one of the best things about the Elisalex top.

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It’s so inspiring to see all the pattern hacking that’s going on out there! Which patterns have you hacked?

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5 thoughts on “Pattern Hack

  1. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the fabric and the bodice and skirt go together so well. I love the elisalex bodice, and I tried making one once, but gave up when I just couldn’t get the skirt to behave, evidently I just need to swap it out!

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    • Thank you! And yes, do it. Although a complete Elisalex is also a thing of great beauty so maybe persevere with the skirt. I find it works better shorter and with a bit taken out of the side seams…Catherine x

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  2. Wow, I love this dress! The fabric and style really suits you. I love the way you’ve hacked the skirt- I was thinking of trying an Elisalex but not sure the bubble skirt would suit me, might try hacking it with a circle skirt. Well done on your lovely creation!

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