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:
I love the shape of the Elisalex all over but especially at the back:
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!)
Here’s the back again because I love it so much:
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.
It’s so inspiring to see all the pattern hacking that’s going on out there! Which patterns have you hacked?