Yesterday I rolled out my version of the Eleena Dress. Today I have the privilege of participating in the Eleena Pattern blog tour. My friend Olga, who designed this pattern, asked me to join the tour and I gladly said yes!
The Eleena dress is a 1960s inspired A-line dress with an inverted pleat in the front and an invisible zipper in the back. I LOVE that deep inverted pleat! There are 3 different sleeve options, and I’ve seen it made beautifully with no collar also. It can be made in 11 sizes from 2 to 12. For Annie, I made the 6 in width and the size 12 plus 2.5 inches in length. I also straightened the curve of the hem out a little to accommodate the border print of the fabric. I used the directions for making the front piece continuous as well due to the nature of a border print fabric.
The Eleena dress instructions are pretty easy to follow, but if you get lost (like I did at one point due to altering the front piece) just contact Olga, and she’ll walk you through it like she did for me. I have to say the invisible zipper turned out very, very invisible, due to her instructions and my invisible zipper foot. The illustrations for the instructions are drawn rather than photographs.
I did run into a few problems while making the Eleena dress, but they were mostly due to late night sleepy sewing and the other constraints mentioned above. Overall, I think this pattern is worth the money (it’s on sale right now on sale for $7.00 (regular price $9.00) through March 7th, 11:59 EST) And be sure to scroll to the bottom to enter to win 2 patterns from Coffee + Thread and some fabric too!
I’ve been mentioning the fabric I used in a special way because I designed it! I have always loved floral radiographs (x-rays of flowers) perhaps because they resemble silhouettes. For my first foray into fabric design, I am collaborating with Albert Koetsier to bring some of his stunning floral radiographs to fabric.
I knew I wanted to create a border print as there are so many design options when working with them. And it was especially appropriate for flowers. I can see this as pillows, skirts, curtains, quilt borders, and of course, dresses! I designed this fabric to be large scale and make a huge impact! This is just the first design I created, so stay tuned.
Because of the limitations of printing your design on fabric, I have some special instructions about ordering this fabric. When you load the page, you will probably not see anything on the fabric swatch to the right. You need to change the amount of fabric you are ordering from Fat Quarter to Yards. Then the border print will appear on the fabric swatch. The pattern repeats every yard. For reference, I needed 2 yards to make the Eleena Dress.
I used basic cotton fabric to make the Eleena Dress. It is very good quality and holds the inverted pleat beautifully! However, this fabric can be ordered on 26 different kinds of fabric from canvas to knits. I have personally felt each one of these fabrics and found them to be of very good quality. I am also impressed with the customer service.
Thanks for stopping by. Let me know if you make something with my fabric, I can’t wait to see others creating with it!
Here’s the Eleena dress pattern tour…check them all out!
Dress Pattern: Eleena Dress by Coffee & Thread
Fabric: Floral Radiograph Border Print designed by ME!