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The evolution of Anna and Elisalex

Added Nov 22, 2013

by schnui

Brisbane, Australia






Four dresses using By Hand London patterns – The Elisalex dress and the Anna dress patterns. The pale blue dress = The Anna Dress.
The Navy and White Dress = The Elisalex Dress with short sleeves; piped neckline and sleeve edges.
The Coral Dress = The Elisalex Dress which is sleeveless and piped at the neckline, armholes and waist.
The Dark Blue Dress = Annalex Dress; a combination of Anna and Elisalex dress patterns. Anna skirt and Elisalex bodice. For instructions go to the By Hand London Blog.




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    Jan 18, 2014, 08.19 PMby poldapop

    Glad to see these – they are gorgeous, although I’m partial to the red dress. I’ve had a hard time with my Elisalex (so much so that I put it aside to work on in the spring when I had the motivation of being able to wear it soon). The skirt of the dress just doesn’t really work on me, but I have some ideas of how to fix it.

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      Jan 19, 2014, 05.42 AMby schnui

      Thank-you poldapop . I have to admit that I had a few fitting issues with the top of the Elisalex dress. I bought a pattern fitting book by Nancy Zieman (I think that is who it is) and followed her tips, and I got the fit I wanted. I am away at the moment from home but when I return, I will email the details to you. The piping also helped stop any gaping of the back neck line. I also had to run in the sides of the skirt and have taken in more on the blue and white dress since. I hope you can master it and I am sure you will, as it is a lovely bodice.

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    Dec 26, 2013, 04.44 PMby admiralsara

    I love you Anna dress

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    • Bulgaria_and_france_burgundy_2012_101_large

      Dec 26, 2013, 08.30 PMby schnui

      Thank-you admiralsara. If you intend to make either of these patterns, The Elisalex or the Anna, I highly recommend that you trace the pattern of the bodice to your measurements and then make a muslin of each bodice to get the right fit.

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    Dec 4, 2013, 01.55 AMby ozviking

    Indeed, a girl can’t have too many dresses – you are doing a fantastic job! Congratulations! They all look fantastic but I think my favourite dress is the blue & white one – does one have to have a favourite? I love them all!. You are set for the summer parties – enjoy!

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    • Bulgaria_and_france_burgundy_2012_101_large

      Dec 4, 2013, 04.03 AMby schnui

      Thanks so much ozviking. I owe you an email and will do this weekend. I have taken some photos of my hats and will send them to you. I hope your sewing is going well too.

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    Nov 24, 2013, 03.13 AMby quiltsewsewsue

    Lovely wardrobe of dresses!

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    • Bulgaria_and_france_burgundy_2012_101_large

      Nov 24, 2013, 04.58 AMby schnui

      Thanks Sue.

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    Nov 23, 2013, 08.07 PMby barmaglot

    Quite a few nice dresses here! Great job!

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    • Bulgaria_and_france_burgundy_2012_101_large

      Nov 23, 2013, 09.28 PMby schnui

      Thank-you :)

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    Nov 23, 2013, 12.39 PMby ronnielee

    Who’s been a busy lady?? Nice summer dresses for that Bris heat, you are HOT! Love the Red one particularly, nice touch with the piping. Great job Schnui!

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    • Bulgaria_and_france_burgundy_2012_101_large

      Nov 23, 2013, 09.28 PMby schnui

      Thanks Ronnielee.

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    Nov 22, 2013, 09.34 PMby Irina Schwab

    Someone was really busy!!!! Wow, a whole wardrobe. Wonderful xx

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    • Bulgaria_and_france_burgundy_2012_101_large

      Nov 23, 2013, 06.48 AMby schnui

      Thanks Irina. I am doing a dress thing this summer, hoping it will be cooler.

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    Nov 22, 2013, 04.38 PMby GeorgieT74

    Great work. I love the coral dress with the piping detail.

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    • Bulgaria_and_france_burgundy_2012_101_large

      Nov 22, 2013, 08.35 PMby schnui

      Thanks so much Georgie for commenting.

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    Nov 22, 2013, 04.03 PMby Mary Athey

    I love all of these, my my you’ve been busy. All of them are made wonderfully and it’s a hard choice but i adore the coral one as it shows the detail so well and the colours one of my favourites .just gorgeous x

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    • Bulgaria_and_france_burgundy_2012_101_large

      Nov 22, 2013, 08.35 PMby schnui

      Thanks so much Mary. I am getting like you, producing a pattern several times over and then doing one post. I didn’t have time to do all 4 separately.

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      Nov 22, 2013, 11.56 PMby Mary Athey

      They all deserved seperate posts as you did a cracking job on them all. I lump a few things to gether aa its quicker and easier lol x

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    Nov 22, 2013, 02.36 PMby liliv-1

    Four new dresses!! A whole new wardrobe!! I love them all but the coral is the prettiest. Adorable work schnui!

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      Nov 22, 2013, 08.34 PMby schnui

      Thanks so much Liliv. The Coral dress will be the Christmas party dress I think!!

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    Nov 22, 2013, 01.21 PMby kisses

    Lovely dresses and my favorite is the coral with the piping.

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      Nov 22, 2013, 01.34 PMby schnui

      Thanks Kisses. The coral one is my favourite one too. Just need to find some coral shoes.

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    Nov 22, 2013, 09.02 AMby kihli

    Great! I love the coral Elisalex, and what a great idea with the piping!

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    • Bulgaria_and_france_burgundy_2012_101_large

      Nov 22, 2013, 01.35 PMby schnui

      Thanks Kihli. The piping gives the edges lots of stability besides being decorative. I love piping.

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    Nov 22, 2013, 07.57 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    You are terrific! wow! I love all your dresses – the different styles is lovely! You have an eye for details and fabric you have chosen is very beautiful :-))

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    • Bulgaria_and_france_burgundy_2012_101_large

      Nov 22, 2013, 01.39 PMby schnui

      Thanks Ellen for your lovely comment. The last dress is going to be the most useful for everyday use as it is very cool cotton. The 2 Elisalex dresses will be for going out and when I need to look respectable!! The first dress was a trial run of the pattern and I don’t think I will wear it much as the fabric is hot to wear.

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      Nov 22, 2013, 03.47 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      I can imagine that you will look beautiful in all the dresses – and it’s nice to have a new for every occation :) You are lucky to have nice and warm weather – I’m already longing back to Tenerife.. It’s getting cold here now… brrrr..

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