A few months ago, I started working in the op-shop at my church. It’s great fun, but I honestly never expected to spend so much money there! It’s been getting very expensive – I’ve accrued a few pairs of shoes, sheets, crockery, motorbike gloves, a hat… but my most exciting find to date has been a lovely crocheted tablecloth.
It was nice and big, cream in colour. I’ve been having vague thoughts about making a lace dress, and as soon as I saw this tablecloth, I knew it would be perfect. After a quick scout around the linen section I had a queen sheet set in cream for the underlining and I was ready to go!
When the By Hand London girls released the Anna dress, I took it as an opportunity to buy the Elisalex too, justifying it as getting the most out of my postage.
On a whim, I decided to make a lacy Elisalex. Perfect! I really wanted to do long sleeves, but I just didn’t have enough tablecloth, so sleeveless it was destined to be.
I made a couple of alterations to the pattern.
This may seem outrageous to some, but the tulip skirt of the Elisalex just doesn’t float my boat. It looks great on others, don’t get me wrong, but whenever I wear a tulip I feel ridiculous and like it doesn’t flatter my shape. At all. I put off buying the Elisalex pattern for a long time, just because I didn’t like the skirt. But then pretty much everyone in blogland started making gorgeous versions and I started swooning over the bodice – and eventually bought it, thinking I could just frankenpattern in another skirt.
So I made the simplest adjustment ever. I took the original skirt pattern piece and carried the straight, top section of the side seam down to the hem. It’s a bit more flared now and I’m much more likely to wear it!
The final modification was a bit of a whim as well. I’d seem the tutorial post on the By Hand London blog for making a backless Elisalotte. I filed it away for future reference – and then used it two days later. The tutorial was terrific and clear (BHL tutorials always are…), so it was a lot easier than I expected. I’d expected to encounter all sorts of gapage, but it was perfect first try.
Seriously, alterations don’t get much simpler!
This is the first backless dress I’ve worn and, honestly, I’m surprised by how comfortable and, er, secure I feel in it. It’s brilliant!
And the name? It reminds me of the game my dad used to play with me when I was little – “I’ve got your nose!” and then I would yell and carry on trying to get it back. Except someone stole the back of my dress! Oh no!
Gah! I love this. Now, it would be nice to have one in black too…