Elisalex Dress PDF

By Hand London


Buy the Elisalex Dress sewing pattern from By Hand London. Elisalex is an elegant dress with a fitted princess seamed bodice and box pleated tulip skirt. There are three sleeve variations and the bodice is designed with very little ease to hug the figure and enhance a cinched waist. The sleeveless bodice of Variation 1 is fully lined, whilst Variations 2 and 3 are finished with a neckline facing.

Suggested fabrics: Medium-heavy weight wovens are best, such as upholstery cottons, flannel, shantung silk, taffeta, brocade, jacquard, tweed and wool. For the lining we recommend 100% cotton lawn. Lighter weight fabrics will benefit from underlining in silk organza or cotton organdy at the skirt.

Fabric requirements: 150 cm (60”) wide fabric: sleeveless V1, 2 m (2.2 yards); short sleeved V2, 2.6 m (2.9 yards); long sleeved V3, 2.6 m (2.9 yards)// 115 cm (45”) wide fabric: sleeveless V1, 2.3 m (2.5 yards); short sleeved V2, 2.9 m (3.2 yards); long sleeved V3, 3.2 m (3.5 yards) // lining: 0.8 m (0.9 yards).

Sizing: UK 6 – 20 (US 2 – 16). Please check the size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: Invisible zipper, 16” for V1 or 22” for V2/V3; hook and eye.

This sewing pattern is available in PDF format. The PDF pattern will be available immediately for download after purchase.

PDF pattern includes: Digital pattern compatible with both US letter and A4 paper sizes; copy shop file; step-by-step illustrated instructions.

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Additional information


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Jacquard / Brocade, Silk / Satin / Sateen, Wools / Suiting


UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

Make time

All day

Pattern format


PDF Printing

10 pages (bodice V1), 15 pages (skirt), 24 pages (bodice and sleeves V2 and V3)

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    5 out of 5 Perfect party dress!


    This pattern comes with a couple of sleeve/neckline variations, although do note that the sleeveless lined bodice has a V back, and the sleeved bodice has a high neckline at the back and the pieces aren’t interchangeable. As I wanted short sleeves but a V back, I ended up re-drawing my own pieces, using both variations as a guide. I also raised the neckline at the front a little.

    As this was my first BHL pattern, I made a toile of the bodice and, as with most patterns, had to take some of the volume out of the back neckline. I followed this tutorial on G&G: https://guthrie-ghani.co.uk/blog/simple-sleeveless-top-blog-series-adjusting-the-neckline and also took a little pinch out of the diagonal V-neckline at the back. This has resulted in a near-perfect fitting bodice and one I shall definitely be making again! I just need to lower the bust slightly next time.

    I wasn’t sure how well the tulip skirt would work on me – and I wanted to be able to dance freely – so I also redrew the outline of the skirt to give it more of an A-line shape, and OF COURSE added in-seam pockets to the skirt.

    I used a metallic Japanese 100% cotton fabric, which was a similar weight to African was print cotton and it worked perfectly and gave the skirt a lovely full shape.

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    This dress was an absolute pleasure to sew. I absolutely love the tulip silhouette, and this is perfect in every way.
    The design of the dress calls for a fabric with some structure and this bottle green brocade was perfect – the colour is also very festive I think!
    Attention to detail is very apparent in the dress construction. The bodice is lined, and I just adore the cotton floral fabric to give it a pop of colour from the inside.
    Pretty princess seams on the bodice lined up perfectly with the pleats on the skirt, there is just nothing that I didn’t like about it! I made very few adjustments – I added pockets, as although the pattern does not have them, they are easy enough to add using an existing pocket template, and I was so pleased to have a little floral cotton left to make enough bias tape to finish the seams and hem with a hong kong finish.
    What I have enjoyed most about this pattern was taking the time to make it beautiful on the inside as well as the outside. The design is exquisite and timeless and it would certainly be a very wearable day time dress in an upholstery weight fabric,denim or cord I think.
    Out of all of the garments that I have made this year, this has to be my favourite. By Hand London is definitely a pattern company that I am keen to use again, and taking my time to make such a beautiful dress has been a timely reminder as to why I sew myself and how satisfying it can be.
    My full review is over on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network – https://www.minervacrafts.com/blogger-network/post/a-very-special-by-hand-london-elisalex-dress
    Thanks for reading and Happy Christmas!
    Kathy x

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    I finally got around to make the new modified version of the Elisalex dress to fit the sleeves better. I made the pattern in an amazing cupro fabric.

    What I love about the new modifications is that the sleeved version has now a facings instead of a fully lined bodice. It makes it lighter and easier with the sleeve. I went with a 20 cm long sleeve which is approximately between the two sleeve option lengths.

    I’m still not such a fan of the Elisalex skirt, so adjusted the skirt of Flora dress from By Hand London to fit the bodice. Match made in heaven <3


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    I made the Elisalex dress with By Hand London Flora skirt for a wedding. The instructions and pattern were all clear and easy to follow. I did my usual FBA and narrowing between the shoulders, but other than that no fitting adjustments for a size 12. I really like the princess seams of the bodice, I think they are more flattering than bust darts. I used a coral and gold jacquard fabric, lining the bodice with a pale pink cotton voile. It is a perfect party dress and I will definitely make it again.

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    This version of the Elisalex dress I made in a lace/brocade-look navy and brown fabric from Walthamstow market. The only changes I recall making were to shorten the skirt to knee level, and to take in the skirt side seams (the pattern has an exaggerated shape, which was not held well by this particular fabric). I put bra strap holders in, as the neckline sits wide. I sewed a hook and eye, as instructed, at the top of the zip, but I can’t hook it up myself when the dress is on!

    Elisalex is a great party dress with lovely details, but nothing too tricky to sew.

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