Announcing the Elsie Dress Sewalong!

Elsie is an advanced beginner to intermediate level pattern, but with princess seams and a faced bodice lining, it does contain some techniques we know some of you will have never tried. Having a go at any new sewing technique can be intimidating, but by breaking all the stages down and taking it one step at a time, we’re pretty confident you can master anything. You got this!

But wait, what's a sewalong?
Joining in with a sewalong is a step-by-step class you can follow at home. Rather than having a teacher to guide you, we’ll be posting photographed step-by-step instructions which you can follow along with. We’ll be there to hold your hand each step of the way, and remember you can always email us to ask questions.

Sew Over It Elsie Dress sewing pattern

Fancy joining in? Meet the pattern!
The Elsie Dress is a 1950s-inspired party dress, with a fitted bodice and a show-stopping box-pleated skirt. The v-neck gently curves for a soft, pretty look and the princess seams create that cinched-in silhouette so iconic of the 50s shapes we love. The full skirt comes complete with dramatic pleats, creating the illusion of an even tinier waist. But it’s not just the outer dress we love! Elsie is finished exquisitely on the inside, with a faced fully-lined bodice and a neat invisible zip. And for those of you who prefer separates, Elsie comes with a skirt-only version too!

Sew Over It Elsie Dress sewing pattern

Elsie Dress sewalong classes

The sewalongs are broken down like this:

  • Choosing your fabric and gathering your supplies

  • Measuring yourself and cutting your fabric

  • Pattern alterations - Full bust adjustment for princess seams

  • Pattern alterations - Small bust adjustment for princess seams

  • Stitching the bodice

  • Sewing the pleated skirt and attaching the skirt and bodice

  • Inserting the invisible zip

  • Attaching the facing and lining

  • Hemming and sewing the finishing touches


Sew Over It Elsie Dress sewing pattern

How to join in
Joining in is easy. All you really have to do is sew along with us! But if you’d like to share your progress we’d love to see! Tag us @sewoveritlondon on Instagram with the hashtag #SOIelsiedress or find us on Facebook and Twitter!

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