Floralex – for a (navy) blue wedding

barbarajanemade Floralex

I originally made this for the BHL #patternhackathon but ended up entering my fringed frock , the Fringelisa.

I also made it to wear to a wedding. This is Floralex, with an Elisalex bodice and a Flora skirt.

barbarajanemade Floralex

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.

barbarajanemade floralex dress

with pockets!

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).

barbarajanemade vintage butterick

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.

Barbarajanemade lining of Floralex

Machine finished lining


Barbarajanemade lining of Floralex

Lace trimmed skirt lining

Barbarajanemade Floralex

ooh la la

Barbarajanemade Floralex

jacquard up close


Barbarajanemade Floralex

and its twirly! very wedding suitable

Barbarajanemade FloralexBarbarajanemade Floralex


Pattern: By Hand London Elisalex bodice, Flora skirt

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!

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9 thoughts on “Floralex – for a (navy) blue wedding

  1. Pingback: Sewing top 5 hits of 2014 | Barbara Jane made

    • Thank you Linda! I really like the fabric, there was also a jersey with the same print, though jerseys not really my thing. A high low shirt sounds good, will keep an eye out for it on your blog.


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