Party time – Brisbane Style

The them this month is “Party.  Now I know most people will probably make red or green dresses, or even sparkly dresses.  However, I live in Brisbane where it is stinking hot at this time of year, so a party dress just has to scream summer as far as I am concerned.  Most parties I go to seem to be BBQs and start in the afternoon, so a summery feel is what I want from a dress and definitely no sleeves!

It’s no secret I really like the Elisalex pattern from By Hand London and now that I have made all the necessary fit adjustments to the pattern it makes a super quick project and a great little party dress!


This time I used a gorgeous floral border print from the Alannah Hill clearance store in Melbourne. The fabric is some kind of dress weight fabric, I suspect polyester as it has no stretch at all and doesn’t crease. Great for sitting for prolonged times!  I lined it in a cotton voile for added comfort.

Not much to say about the construction as I covered my adjustments in my previous Elisalex posts 1, 2 & 3.  This time with the skirt, instead of the pegged in version of the pattern, I instead continued the line from the hip to the hemline to give more of a bell shape. I wanted to do this to highlight the border print.


These photos were taken on the way out to a work function, it’s a great little afternoon party/bbq dress.  

More details on my blog.

6 thoughts on “Party time – Brisbane Style

  1. I love the fabric, what a great way to show the border print and a perfect dress for you warm weather. I have been eyeing this pattern for a while, your version is fantastic will have to try it.


  2. Oh, I wanted to make an Elisalex for this challenge but just completely ran out of time – love your version. And, OMG didn’t know there was such a thing as an Alannah Hill clearance store!! My party dress is also a summer frock, being from NZ I’ve also had a heap of xmas BBQs to attend and immediately think summer dress when party is mentioned this time of year 🙂


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