Before I got this fabric, I feel like I’d only seen similar things in designer shops and couldn’t believe the price as I got an off cut for a steal at £12 off eBay.
Since I bought this fabric, I’ve seen it everywhere including on Gemma Collins falling down a hole at an awards ceremony. I have also seen some more classy versions from fellow sewers. Despite some bad press, it’s still just as beautiful to me.
I chose to make a By Hand London Elisalex but with a gathered skirt. Although not my usual style, I chose the gathered skirt because it maintained the directional pattern and also used minimal fabric (I only had 1.5m).
I think the most important part of this make was pattern placement. I spent quite a while making sure that the bodice had a good balance of flowers and leaves and that there wasn’t too much repeat since the bodice front is made from three pieces.
I lined this with a gossamer crepe which feels just so luxurious on and it’s so light and swooshy. I planned to add long sleeves and also make it end mid calf however when I saw it at the pre-sleeve pre-hem stage I thought it looked pretty good so I just left it as is. I really love the sheer bottom of the dress, super chic that you can see your shoes and all the details of the embroidery. I can see this make going from spring to autumn and being ideal for weddings and parties.