I also made it to wear to a wedding. This is Floralex, with an Elisalex bodice and a Flora skirt.
I’ve made the Elisalex dress several times, for winter, for sew dolly clackett , for my wedding dress, and in gold brocade (now re-fashioned into the fringed frock). The top works for me, with a full-bust adjustment.
I’ve also made the Flora dress, with a dipped skirt for my daughter and not-dipped for me. I thought I’d go dipped for myself this time, though lengthened all round in deference to being a woman of certain age.
I’m actually glad I changed my outfit plans for the wedding. I had orignally planned to wear my vintage butterick, but I found out the bride would be wearing navy. I’ve worn the butterick a few times now, it’s lovely, but I think it would have been too hot for a Queensland beach in early December. After many years living in Darwin I know in that sort of heat only 100% cotton will really cut it. And it’s an excuse to make a new frock, which I really needed (yeah right).
The fabric is a jacquard* cotton voile. I was originally only going to line the bodice but ended up fully lining it with- white voile- because it was fairly see-through.
The fabric wasn’t quite wide enough for the fabulous Flora circle skirt so I added a centre front seam. That made using the narrower fabric quite possible.
Fabric: jacquard cotton voile, and voile for the lining, from Addicted to Fabric
Notions: invisible zip and lace from Hobby Sew
Location: Kingston foreshore Lake Burley Griffin Canberra
BHL patterns seem to be made for mixing and matching tops and skirts. Do you have a favorite combo?
*For the fabric nerds, something I found out since I bought the fabric – jacquard is a weaving process that raises the warp thread independently of the others. The sequence of raised and lowered threads creates a pattern. The name comes from the inventor of the loom attachment Joseph Jacquard. Originally the pattern was set by holes punched in cards and this was a for-runner to other programmable machines such as computers.
How cool, fabric leads the way!
Thanks for reading, till next time