What a treat a new sewing pattern from By Hand London! It’s the first pattern for a while but we think it was worth the wait!
Eloise is a deceptively simple shift dress to make and includes bust darts, subtle shaping through the waist and hips as well as an optional waist tie belt or side seam tie backs. Choose from bracelet length sleeves, no sleeves at all or go all out with frilled bell sleeves.
Other options include a circular gathered hem frill which can be added to the dress at the knee for maxi boho chic, or just below the hip for a drop waist cocktail dress. With mix-and-match pattern pieces, this infinitely versatile dress is also a fast and easy sew and has no zipper so you’ll be whipping up one or two frocks in no time at all!
This pattern is multi-size and consists of sizes 6-20 (UK) and 2-16 (US). It’s been designed to work with a variety of light and medium weight woven fabrics. Opt for linen, soft cottons (think batiste, double gauze, chambray, seersucker, lawn, broderie, swiss dot etc), drapey and/or floaty silks and rayon. Fabrics with more structure will lend themselves to a more polished, almost mod-like vibe without the waist tie. Why not go for jacquard, taffeta or wool crepe to make it extra special!