I signed up for the By Hand London Anna Dress Sewalong but got a bit ahead of myself and finishedmy Anna today. Luckily Humble Habit still wanted some photography practice, hence the nice 'location' shots with good light as opposed to the 'up against my garden fence shots' in bad shadow.
The fabric is (I think) some beautifully soft cotton or silk cotton from the oppy. It had Allan Robinson printed on the selvage and a quick Google search told me that is probably dates from the 60's or 70's. Funnily enough I picked up another Allan Robinson piece of fabric from a different op shop recently - black and bright pink floral. Must decide what to make with that.
I had about 2.5m but it was very narrow so I only just about squeezed the midi-length pattern pieces out - no chance of a maxi this time - and had to cut the facings from white batiste. I cut a straight UK size 10 (didn't make a muslin) and it worked out pretty well. As a number of other bloggers have noted this pattern runs pretty big in the back, so I took it in at the top of the zip to accommodate that, but next time I'll take a wedge out of the pattern piece (I know, I know I should have made a muslin). The front is a great fit though and even though the shoulders feel a bit sticky-outy when wearing the dress, they don't look that way in the pictures.
|French seams and hand finished hem|
|Much better effort on the invisible zip this time.|
This dress was a pleasure to make. I'm not sure whether it was the gorgeous packaging, the number of flattering versions out there already or working with the beautiful soft fabric but I enjoyed everystep of making the Anna. The fabric frayed like anything so I did French seams on the skirt and waistline and overlocked the CB and side seams. The armholes and hem were finished by hand with a catch stitch . Even after securing it at the shoulder seams, the facing was flipping out a bit so I stitched it down in a couple of places with tiny stiches. And check out my zip - pretty invisible no?
|Such a natural pose. I could so be a bike model.|
My next Anna will definitely be the maxi version. In silk. With a split. Oh dear I just scared myself a bit there.
Pattern: Anna dress By Hand London from Sew Squirrel $20
Fabric: Cotton/silk cotton? from the op shop $3.99
Thread from stash