Blue-Green Emerald Brocade Dress

blue-green brocade dress

Ok so can I just say that I am so incredibly happy that this dress turned out. The entire time I was making it I kept thinking to myself “what the heck am I doing.” Haha, I’m just not used to using such thick fabric for dresses so I was not expecting it to work.

Turns out I was wrong because I love it! I actually think it might be one of my favorite dresses I’ve made so far. I love the brocade; because it makes the dress look so much more professional looking or something. I’m not really sure why but I’ll take it! Ha. I got it from Mood Fabrics for those that are curious.

blue-green brocade dress

The neckline is even despite it not looking as such. I just have a bad habit of pulling my dress down on one side.

Pattern-wise, I used the Elisalex dress from By Hand London and the only thing I changed was the poofiness of the skirt because it was HUGE originally. Like I was kind of blown away. haha, nothing wrong with poofy skirts but there is just no way I could have been able to pull off the original dress.

blue-green brocade dress

(And k that picture above? Try and ignore my like, sultry face going on. haha but it shows the poofiness of the skirt well.)

blue-green brocade dressAbove, a close-up of the fabric.

And just for fun, here’s the inspiration/mood board/whatever you’d like to call it:


blue-green brocade dress



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  • Ginger
    April 19, 2013

    AHHHHHHHHH!! I love this! It looks so great on you– what a perfect fabric/pattern combo!

  • Lise Neely
    April 19, 2013

    Lovely dress and it looks fab on you. How did you adapt the original pattern to make the skirt less poofy? Thanks for posting!

    • Haylee
      April 21, 2013

      Sorry I’m just getting around to seeing this question but thanks so much Lise! Honestly I wish I had more of a technical, straight-forward answer for you but really all I did was taper in the sides of the pattern until it was to my liking. That’s it! I didn’t redraft the pattern or anything. I guess that’s probably good news though because it was SUPER simple, I just wish I could be more help for you!

  • LLBB
    April 19, 2013

    Hi, this is beautiful! At the first pic i thought, hm, that looks like an elisalex but maybe she just used a small enough size that the skirt isnt so poofy 🙂 I also would be curious to hear any tips on reducing the fullness of this skirt. I adore the bodice of this pattern but have been thinking that when I get around to making it I’d use a different skirt. But maybe just reducing the fullness would suit my vision!

    • Haylee
      April 21, 2013

      Thanks so much LLBB! Honestly I wish I had better tips for you but really all I did was re-draw the sides of the pattern to make them a bit less poofy. I used a curved ruler and that’s about the extent of professionalism that I got. ha it worked though and it was super easy so I guess that’s a good thing to hear right? 🙂 Good luck!

      • LLBB
        April 23, 2013

        good to hear indeed 🙂 Thanks for the tip!

  • Kacie
    April 19, 2013

    This is SO gorgeous! I loooove the fabric – brocade always looks so luxurious. And I hear ya about the Elisalex. I LOVE it on other people, but I couldn’t pull off the original skirt, so I toned mine down too. You look stunning!

  • Lauren
    April 19, 2013

    I recognized that Elisalex right away! This looks stunning – that color is amaaaazing on you!

  • Michelle
    April 19, 2013

    This looks gorgeous! I think the fabric really does showcase the shape of the skirt. Beautiful work.

  • Hazel
    April 19, 2013

    Love your Elisalex! The fabric suits both you and the pattern perfectly and I love that you’ve taken some of the bulk out of the skirt.

  • Staci
    April 19, 2013

    Gah! What an awesome job. I love the cut down you’ve done on the skirt. It fits your beautifully slim model-esce figure so nicely and the color is perfect on you.

    Beautiful!

  • Sharon Killian
    April 19, 2013

    You did a great job! It looks absolutely fabulous on you!!!

  • Lori
    April 19, 2013

    This is such a fabulous dress on you, the fabric is stunning. Great job.

  • Chris Johnson
    April 20, 2013

    You have inspired me to consider brocade fabric for a dress. This is simply gorgeous, and so well made. I love sewing, but I am not an expert.

  • Haylee
    April 21, 2013

    I just would like to say that YOU ALL ARE AWESOME. Oh my gosh nicest comments ever!! Seriously thank you so much all of you, these comments meant the world to me.

  • crystalpleats
    April 21, 2013

    Great dress. I love the Elisalex and you’ve made it in a great fabric.

  • Kay
    April 22, 2013

    The dress is beautiful and the color is just perfect on you!

  • Amanda S.
    April 22, 2013

    What a pretty dress, Haylee! Looks great for spring and summer!

  • Carolyn
    April 23, 2013

    Haylee, isn’t that the great thing about sewing that you can change a pattern up however you like?! You did a fabulous job on this dress!

  • Sarah Gunn
    April 23, 2013

    Beautiful dress Haylee! I love the lines of the dress and especially like the flattering back. Very nice and thanks for sharing the inspiration board too!

  • Amy
    April 28, 2013

    Gorgeous! I think it’s stunning in a brocade. And, bravo for making it work for you. The skirt seems to have just the right amount of poofiness!

  • Dawn
    May 1, 2013

    Great work! I’ve been working on tweaking the Elisalex pattern for my own dress, and I really like the way you worked the bodice/skirt proportions. The original looks a touch off to me, but your version hits it just right. Gorgeous fabric choice, too!

  • Mary
    May 9, 2013

    I love that you love to sew and it inspires me to go into your sewing room and see your creativity. Plus your sewing with just one hand never ceases to amaze me….pin pricks and creativity in figuring out ways to do everything and all. Yeah a daughter with my own love of sewing. You’re the best plus this dress is darling.