Last month we were delighted to introduce our latest pattern, the Elsie Dress, to the Sew Over It shelves. Ever since we launched her as a class in our London studios, we had requests from around the world for the pattern to be released. We’ve been delighted to be able to finally do that. And you’ve given her a wonderful reception. Thank you!
Today we’re excited to announce the start of our sewalong! Elsie is an advanced beginner to intermediate level pattern, but with princess seams and a faced bodice lining, it does contain some techniques we know some of you will have never tried. Having a go at any new sewing technique can be intimidating, but by breaking all the stages down and taking it one step at a time, we’re pretty confident you can master anything. You got this!
But wait, what’s a sewalong?
Joining in with a sewalong is a little bit like coming to one of our London classes, but instead of everyone sewing together in the same room, you’ll be working step-by-step on your dresses at home. Rather than having a teacher to guide you, we’ll be posting photographed step-by-step instructions on our blog which you can follow along with. And instead of finishing the dress in a couple of three hour classes, we will be sewing at a gentle pace over a couple of weeks. We’ll be there to hold your hand each step of the way, and remember you can always email us to ask questions.
Fancy joining in? Meet the pattern!
The Elsie Dress is a 1950s-inspired party dress, with a fitted bodice and a show-stopping box-pleated skirt. The v-neck gently curves for a soft, pretty look and the princess seams create that cinched-in silhouette so iconic of the 50s shapes we love. The full skirt comes complete with dramatic pleats, creating the illusion of an even tinier waist. But it’s not just the outer dress we love! Elsie is finished exquisitely on the inside, with a faced fully-lined bodice and a neat invisible zip. And for those of you who prefer separates, Elsie comes with a skirt-only version too!
Elsie Dress sewalong schedule
To give everyone time to join in we’ll be sewing at a fairly relaxed pace with two or three instalments a week. All being well we’ll all have finished Elsie Dresses by the end of August!
The posts are going to be broken down like this:
- Choosing your fabric and gathering your supplies
- Measuring yourself and cutting your fabric
- Pattern alterations – Full bust adjustment for princess seams
- Pattern alterations – Small bust adjustment for princess seams
- Stitching the bodice
- Sewing the pleated skirt and attaching the skirt and bodice
- Inserting the invisible zip
- Attaching the facing and lining
- Hemming and sewing the finishing touches
- Sewing the waistband and zip (for the skirt version)
How to join in
Joining in is easy. All you really have to do is sew along with us! But if you’d like to share your progress we’d love to see! Tag us @sewoveritlondon on Instagram with the hashtag #SOIelsiedress or find us on Facebook and Twitter!
We’ll be back on Friday when we’ll be guiding you through selecting the right type of fabric for your Elsie Dress, as well as gathering all the other supplies you’ll need. Fancy getting your pattern now? Snap it up on our online shop!