I have a rather insane outfit to share today. Its a crop top and a midi-skirt. The top was made using the Elisalex dress bodice. The pattern is by By Hand London. The skirt was pattern less and just involved too much math. So much head spinning by the end of it.
The fabric for the top came from Value village and had been sitting in my stash for forever. I have been playing around the the Elisalex pattern for awhile and had made some fit adjustments. I decided to make the bodice into a top to check the fit with my alterations. There is still a bit of excess near the armpit and the top of the seams at the bust. Likely more changes will have to be made. But the print is pretty wild so it kind distracts you :P
I put in a separating zipper down the back of my top so I can just zip myself in! Since the bodice is designed to be lined I had to change up a couple things when sewing up the top. I used bias tape to finish the neckline and finished the waist by double folding it. After sewing in the zipper I noticed I needed to take out some more excess from the center back. I ended up taking out about 2 inches.
In terms of the skirt I had been dreaming of a box pleated skirt for ages. I finally decided to crack into the 3 yards of mustard coloured Cotton sateen I picked up at Mood in NYC. After googling several tutorials for making box pleats I decided to dive right in. Since my fabric was 150 cm wide ,and I wanted to make the most use of my fabric as possible, I decided to have side seams in my skirt :P I cut a meter off my pieces of fabric and then divided that piece in half. Then I went to work pleating away. The pleating was bit tedious and I kept messing up my box pleats and making them the wrong way. I got there in the end.
I inserted an invisible zipper into the side seam and used a button to close the waistband. Since I didn’t have a matching zipper I decided to make it look intentional by using a zipper and a button that matched :P
I wasn’t sure how long I wanted my skirt. I had been dreaming of one that was knee length. However after trying my skirt on unhemmed, I kinda fell in love with the length of it. I decided to finish the hem by hand so that It would be invisible. While it was a bit of a long hand sew, I am really happy I chose to do that because it really does feel like it elevates the look of the skirt.
And now a bunch more photos, because apparently lost our minds a bit and went bananas taking pictures.
Finished this guy last week. Was going to test drive it before uploading pics but I’m choked with the cold and unlikely to wear it anytime soon. I love it (!) but I think it’ll be my last Elisalex for a while.