The Eloise Dress

A major fashion trend I am seriously into this season is ruffles. Everywhere! On skirts, on dresses, on tops, on sleeves ❤️ the more the merrier! So it is no surprise that I have now used my Eloise dress pattern from By Hand London 4 times in 2 months.

It started after a trip to Zara when I tried a few bits on. I wasn’t too sure about the ruffle trend and full skirts so I needed to try it on first to see how I felt. The hippy me from university was over joyed! I never would have though twice about frivolous dresses and bold prints 10 years ago but in recent years my style calmed down a lot.

I had my inspiration so I knew where to start. Polka dots are always a classic so I started with ‘that’ Zara dress. I went for a bigger spot for my version and of course added pockets ❤️

I love the versatility of the Eloise dress. I didn’t vary too much from the pattern for this version apart from the length. I went half way between the two dress variations and then added the ruffle to get this midi length.

I love how many ways this dress can be styled- trainers or boots, belted or not. I have wore it so many times already and I know it will be a staple piece in my wardrobe for years.

Next up was a hack of two By Hand London Patterns- the Eloise and the Charlotte skirt. Pinterest was my source of inspiration this time and a need to use up a beautiful yellow crepe that was sitting in my stash for far too long!

I used the top half of the Charlotte skirt and added the ruffle from the Eloise. This skirt feels amazing! I love it styled casual with a white tee and trainers but can’t wait to dress it up with a cami and heels for a night out!

Next was a short version in a beautiful Lady McElroy viscose. I love the colours in this fabric and the floral print. I spotted a dress by La Double J and had to recreate the ruffle sleeves. I will say it’s not the most practical for eating a meal, but it hasn’t stopped me wearing on a London day trip and out for dinner.

Again, this is a piece I will be able to dress up and down. Boots, trainers or heels.

I had originally cut a ruffle half the length of the pattern intending to add it. I decided not to at the time but I have been thinking about giving it a go now.

Last up is another By Hand London mash up. I used the Elisalex bodice this time and the bottom half of the Eloise. I wanted a more fitted style at the top and love how the Eloise fits from the waist down so I thought the 2 would be a good match.

I am so happy with the effect here. There is just the right amount of fullness. I used a cotton lawn so this is a perfect summer maxi.

I decided to have a play around with the sleeves this time aswell. I had an idea for a pleated sleeve and as the pattern is so busy if it didn’t work it wouldn’t take away from the garment. I love how they have turned out, it’s a nice little extra. I plan to use this again but bigger and in a stiffer fabric!

After using this pattern 4 times I can safely say I am far from done with it! The main body of the dress is a basic shift, so that in itself leads to so many variations. The proportions of the ruffle are perfect and as you can see, it can be added to plenty of garments.

Any guesses what variation I will make next?

Sharlene x