Thursday, 23 April 2015

Eliana: Beach and Autumn

While planning a few Autumn items, I made a last minute beach Eliana. Pauline Alice sent me her new pattern to try. I used a January sale rayon print from Pitt Trading to make this beach friendly version.
Test dress for fit.
I prefer dresses that allow me to wear support and since this summer version has exposed shoulder (gasp) I made a modest adjustment this version is henceforth known as the beach Eliana. When I'm on holidays at the beach I'll wear my swimmers underneath and not fuss with the straps showing - C'est la vie.

It was this beach Eliana that forced me to make my convertible bra, so 'it's all good'...


Fluoro prints aren't my first choice but this print is certainly a great play on LBD. 

The rayon fabric is soft and not see-through (yay). I should have bought more...

Pauline has added pockets that are sewn into the waistband so the pockets don't drag the skirt down. The only change I made to the pockets was to shorten them by 5cm and I've used this pocket pattern for a future make.

Finished neckline view. This fabric and notions are courtesy of Pitt Trading.
I've also shortened the bodice by 2.5cm. The both versions are 38 bust, 40 waist, 38 hips. 
The Autumn version has shortened sleeves (8cm) and adjusted the sleeve dart for forward shoulders for the Autumn version.
Sleeve hem finish
After making the test version, this Autumn version was a much quicker make.
I spent a fair bit of time making the gathers on the neckline even. You can see the stitching and a bit of hand stitching to keep the gathers in place during sewing.
It's nice having a warmer dress from the same pattern.

28 comments:

Maris Olsen said...

Pretty, comfy dresses that I bet will get loads of wear! As usual, beautiful job on them, Maria!!

Sheila said...

Pretty dresses.

Barb McGovern said...

Gorgeous little dress on you.

Sofie M said...

I love both those dresses. I love the second fabric in particular. You look fantastic in that dress.

erin goh said...

Both versions are so pretty!

Vanessa (MakeItNifty) said...

Two very cute dresses. I really like the fabric for the second sleeved dress.

KaSchu said...

Both dresses are lovely, but I particularly like the one with sleeves.

Judie Loveday said...

Great dresses, particularly the autumn version. I can see you getting lots of wear out of them.

kbenco said...

These are both very nice, looking comfortable and stylish at the same time. I think your fabric choices are spot on

beajay said...

Both versions are great. A fun flirty one and a sophisticated one. Gorgeous.

Sam said...

I love the Autumn version in particular. I can see it being worn lots, the fabric is lovely.

Fabric Epiphanies said...

The summer version is really cute especially as a beach cover up but my favourite is the autumn one. I really like the style and the fabric you have chosen.

colesworth said...

Love the long sleeved version in that fabric ;o)

Velosewer said...

Thanks Maris.

Velosewer said...

:)

Velosewer said...

Thanks Barb.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Sofie!

Velosewer said...

These are easy to wear styles.

Velosewer said...

I love using large prints now.

Velosewer said...

The sleeves are so soft too.

Velosewer said...

I hope so.

Velosewer said...

I love both versions.

Velosewer said...

Thanks!

Velosewer said...

I'll be wearing the Autumn version now that it's become cooler.

Velosewer said...

These are very quick to make.

Velosewer said...

Thanks!

Gail said...

Love the version with sleeves. It has been so cold lately I can't image where you wore the beach dress. But it is very nice.

Allison C said...

Both dresses are very cute and so different to each other. Of course I love both prints too, ah I did so enjoy my visit to Pitt Trading.

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