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Eleena Dress Review

Eleena dress sewn by Skirt Fixation using floral radiograph fabric she designed!

Eleena dress sewn by Skirt Fixation using floral radiograph fabric she designed!

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!

Eleena dress sewn by Skirt Fixation using floral radiograph fabric she designed!

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.

Eleena dress sewn by Skirt Fixation using floral radiograph fabric she designed!

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.

Eleena dress sewn by Skirt Fixation using floral radiograph fabric she designed!

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!

Eleena dress sewn by Skirt Fixation using floral radiograph fabric she designed!

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.

Eleena dress sewn by Skirt Fixation using floral radiograph fabric she designed!

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.

Special instructions

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.

Eleena dress sewn by Skirt Fixation using floral radiograph fabric she designed!

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.

Eleena dress sewn by Skirt Fixation using floral radiograph fabric she designed!

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!

 

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Eleena dress sewn by Skirt Fixation using floral radiograph fabric she designed!

Dress Pattern:  Eleena Dress by Coffee & Thread

Fabric: Floral Radiograph Border Print designed by ME!

11 thoughts on “Eleena Dress Review

  1. I love it!! I hope you’ll design more border prints, I love the look!

  2. Woo hoo! Your dress and fabric look great!

  3. How pretty! I LOVE the fabric. It compliments the dress quite well.

  4. It’s so pretty and unique! I love it! Thank you so much for being on the tour! Good luck with your fabric design ventures. The fabric is stunning!

  5. I love your version of the dress. It looks so romantic! Congrats on designing such lovely print!

  6. Your gorgeous design looks perfect with the contrasting black collar.

  7. I love your fabric it is absolutely gorgeous, I’ve been wanting fabric exactly as you have described and made and look forward to seeing what you design next. I also think the dress is the perfect little girl dress.

  8. I love that print and it works beautifully for that dress! Lovely design, too. Such a nice clean look.

    I just ordered from that company and was a bit disappointed. I ordered their slinky knit, and the print was not vibrant. I kind of expected that, though. It was also short by 4″ BEFORE I washed it, so afterwards I had less than 30″ of fabric. I contacted their customer service, and they said they would check on it and get back to me…and they never did. So yeah. Not happy with them right now.

    1. Stacy- That’s funny; I have found their customer service to be excellent. I have laundered both the organic cotton Interlock knit and the French Terry as well as this basic combed cotton and they all laundered very well with no shrinkage. I would suggest contacting them again. Also I ordered their swatch book, so I knew ahead of time the cotton slinky knit does not show the colors as vibrantly as some of the other substrates. I think this is comparable to other slinky knit fabrics from other companies. I would suggest you try their modern Jersey next time.

  9. When you mentioned that this design was from the 60’s, I had a wonderful flash-back! I was probably about the same age as Annie is now & one of my favorite dresses was this same A-line dress with inverted pleat design! Mine was the color of copper/brown with white embroidery lace on the bodice & on the bottom of the short sleeves. I’ll have to delve into the old photo albums & see if I can resurrect a picture to share sometime. 🙂 It was the height of fashion back then & I didn’t get many NEW dresses, so I wore it a lot!
    Beautiful job on Annie’s version. 🙂

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