Elodie dresses! How many is too many?

Closet core elodie dress midi

This is my third Elodie Dress by Closet Core Patterns. I made the long sleeve version in midi length this time and absolutely loving it. The gingham fabric is a super soft crinkle linen from Potter and Co in the colourway they called “Zest”.  While it looks very similar to the canary gingham from The Fabric Store a few posts earlier, this is a light chartreuse colour.

Closet core elodie dress midi

Closet core elodie dress midi Closet core elodie dress midi

This pattern comes with a long sleeve and a short sleeve bodice, in 3 lengths: knee-length, midi and maxi. The clever pleats on the front and back form a nice silhouette. If you look at the hashtag on Instagram, you can see this dress look great on different body shapes. It really shows the thoughts the designer put into designing this pattern.

How versatile is this pattern? I’ve made the short version in a gorgeous black silk noil from A and R fabric. This version is the perfect work dress!

 

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And a party version in the famous red leopard silk from Eliza fabrics.

 

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Similar to the previous versions I made, I graded the bodice from size 0 to size 4 in the waist, and cut a size 4 waistbands and skirt. I didn’t make any other adjustments. The length is spot on. And the midi version is highly twirlable!

Now let’s talk about this fabric. I’ve heard that crinkle fabric is hard to cut, but this fabric is relatively manageable. I did press the fabric slightly before I cut it. The crinkles will restore after the wash so I will not need to iron this dress if I don’t want to.

The waistband pieces needed to be interfaced, and I cut them on the bias (purely for aesthetic reason!). I don’t want to flatten the crinkles with stiff interfacing, so I used a very lightweight woven interfacing, and I interfaced both the outer and inner waistbands to compensate. I carefully pressed the interfacing to the fabric so that I don’t stretch the bias. Once fused, the woven interfacing just crinkled with the linen. I layered the pattern pieces over the interfaced waistbands to check they were not stretched. Other than that, the sewing process was straightforward – that maybe because this is the third time I made it!

Closet core elodie dress midi Closet core elodie dress midi

In these photos I was wearing Sweden Hasbeens heels, but I see myself wearing it with sneakers and sandals a lot more often! I’m planning to wear this new dress to my birthday dinner 🙂 Looking forward to it!

Closet core elodie dress midi

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