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'Drinks on Me' Dress

‘Drinks on Me’ Dress

Photographic proof of my finished Elisalex dress.  This photo is a crazily cropped photo from the wedding I went to.  Unfortunately I didn’t take any pics that day, but luckily there was a wedding photographer that got a few shots of it.  The pics were great of that day but not so much of the dress so I will have to take separate shots to show the details.  So those are coming soonish, but until then I need to put the details down before I forget them.

‘Drinks on Me’ Dress

Pattern: Elisalex Dress

Size:  US 14 bodice/US 16 skirt…oodles of alterations

Fabric:  Michael Miller  Happy Hour  Black

Michael Miller Happy Hour Black

Bodice Lining:  Bright orange cotton voile

Notions:  Orange reversable 30″ zipper (originally was going to be a reversalex then I changed my mind)

Let me first say that I absolutely adore this dress.  It is by far the most comfortable dress I’ve ever worn, and it is my first ever finished garment that I’ve sewn.  I actually had a lady come up to me during the cocktail hour to ask where I got it because she loved how flattering and original it was.  She even said it was the only dress she’d ever seen with an exposed zipper that ‘actually worked’ for the dress.  😀  I was totally happy and a little embarrassed by it.  And then I pretty much danced the rest of the wedding.

Getting to the finished product was a long and kind of arduous journey though.  Apparently I have an interesting and original shape. lol.  Originally I cut a muslin for the size 16 bodice and skirt going by my measurements.  The gaping around the armhole at the upper bust was epic.  Then I read somewhere that I should cut the size for the upper bust measurement so I sized down to a 14 bodice and left the skirt at a 16.  The bodice then was too snug feeling and the epic gaping was still there so further alterations had to be done.

This is where I laugh at myself a little because I was totally scared of attempting to make alterations to it by myself, like I was going to ruin it.  Yes, I was scared of ruining A MUSLIN.  It’s the whole point of the muslin!  Way to go me.  But back to the story…

The changes I made to the bodice are:

  • I took the center front panel in by one inch.  This made the princess seams run closer to the apex and made it easier to alter the armhole gaping.
  • I pinned the excess out of the upper bust area by unsewing down a couple inches and taking out the excess, mostly from the center bodice piece.  I followed the princess seam shaping on a bernie dexter dress I have and it seemed to work pretty well.
  • I lengthened the bodice by one inch.
  • I increased the seam allowances to 6/8 all around.  For the front bodice seams the increase of seam allowance was for the under bust to waist area.
  • I have a slopey shoulder thing happening so I changed the angle of the outer shoulder seam by 1/4 inch.

elisalex 2

Pardon the weird pose in that pic, I was being pulled into a large group shot…but it was the only one that shows the skirt shape.  And also, pardon the face stars…I’m still a bit shy of me plastered over the internets. 😉

Extra Notes:

  • Next time, muslin the skirt too, and maybe go down a size.  I altered the sizing from the hip area up to the waist so it would match the bodice but it was a huge asspain and required some unsewing and redoing the pleats.  I still feel that the skirts is a bit too big but it’s not a dealbreaker.
  • Put on my big girl panties and tackle altering the sleeves.  After all the issues with sizing the bodice my brain refused to even try to tackle the sleeves, which were also completely wonky.  Fit for Real People is my friend, and I can do it (right? lol)  Because who doesn’t want the option of sleeves?
  • Hem the skirt to the knee, not below it.  The only other thing I’d change in future iterations is to shorten the skirt length a little more than I already did.  I had The Beloved helping me straighten the hem when I was wearing it and he pulled the hem down from where I had it.  I plan on going back to shorten it in the future, once I get over having to unhem/repress/rehem it. 🙂
  • Lint magnet.  I love the print of the fabric but holy hell does it attract every piece of lint and pet hair.  I’m going to have to walk around with a lint roller. lol.

Would I make it again?  Hell yes.  But for more everyday wear I think I’ll skip the tulip skirt.  I’m pretty casual and the tulip skirt demands girl shoes.  I need dresses I can wear boots with.


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So, true to form, I’ve blipped right out of the blogosphere again.  Sorry.  But I have been busy, if that’s even an excuse. 😉

So, not that I have good pics yet, but I DID sew up an Elisalex dress to wear to a friend’s wedding.  WOOT!  That post will hopefully be up in the next few days…just as a teaser, I had a hell of a time trying to fit the damn bodice.  It was a nightmare.  A nightmare that I pretty much fixed. 🙂  Details soon!

And a second upcoming post will have to do with a certain larspur fabric that I didn’t make into a pavlova skirt.  It is being used to make an elisalex hybrid (using the elisalex bodice and making a gathered skirt.)



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Just fyi…

I hate ikat. 

Maybe because I’m myopic…and it looks like blurry vision that you can’t make go away?  I dunno.  I just…hate. it.


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Bored out of my Gourd

4pm on a Friday and surprisingly enough my brain is not on work. I have plenty to do, mind you, but my brain has already left the building. And of course when I get bored my mind wanders to all the wonderful things I could be doing right now if I wasn’t currently at work. And then I self correct because when I finally get home from work and cook, walk the dog etc. I don’t want to do the things I was day dreaming about earlier. It’s a vicious cycle I tell you.

I brought my cut out Tiramisu pattern pieces to work today along with some fabric, pins, and my scissors intending to cut my pieces out so I could sew the dress this weekend. By the time I was done eating lunch and my sleepy brain figured out the correct way to lay out the fabric and I started pinning the pieces on…it was time to pack it in and go back to work. BAH. So, I suppose I’ll wait and cut it out next week…or maybe I’ll attempt to do it at home this weekend. I don’t relish trying to figure out a space to get it done in my postage stamp sized apartment with a boyfriend, a dog, and two cats vying for the same space.

Perhaps I’ll finish up the second geranium dress I’m in the middle of instead. I’m having issues with the skirt meeting up with the bodice correctly. I didn’t have this problem with the first dress (blog post forthcoming), but I made a gathered skirt on the first dress and the second one is the pleats and pockets version. I really thought I had the markings for the pleats exact…but I’m going to have to unbaste them and redo it. A simple problem, but still so damn annoying. lol.

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Macaron Purse

Oh my gods I just stumbled across a tutorial to make the cutest little purse ever. I have no use for one at all, but I still want to make one. Well, like a million of them really. Funny how that is.

Macaron Coin Purse Tutorial

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Damn time sure is moving fast.  It’s almost a year since I last posted here.  But don’t fret! (If there is anyone left that stops by this space…snarf!)  Posts are coming your way shortly.  I’ve started sewing -and completing- some patterns and will be posting them soon.  WOOT!

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Wednesday night I made the yummiest simple dinner.  Chicken en papillote.  Which means chicken in parchment.  You pretty much end up steaming the chicken and other ingredients inside the parchment package.  Or in my case, tinfoil package. 

I julienned carrots and celery and put them in the middle of a largeish piece of tinfoil.  Then I sliced a small onion into semicircles and added those as well as a clove of minced garlic.  I put a pat of butter down and then put the boneless skinless chicken breast on top.  Then I season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and whole rosemary and put a pat of butter on top.  I folded them closed and put them in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.  I can’t explain the simple goodness.  The chicken was delicious and tender and juicy.  And the buttery sauce was soaked up in my baked potato which made it the most epically awesome baked potato ever. I could eat that dinner often and be so happy. 

An aside:

I’m not new to cooking things ‘en papillote’, but the way the flavors came together were perfect.  I usually cook things like that in the summer (usually some sort of fresh caught fish cut into a steak) when we’re grilling.  I’m not a huge fan of grilled things so this was a really yummy alternative for me.

I would encourage you to try it.   So so good.

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