June 18, 2014

My First Anna Dress

Summer is a perfect time to make some new dresses, right? I’ve been meaning to make the By Hand London Anna dress ever since picking up the pattern in Anthropologie a couple of months ago. Having finished my first I don’t know why I waited so long – it was a JOY to make!

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I delved into my fabric stash to choose the print for my Anna. I bought three metres of this Liberty print Tana Lawn from the factory shop up in Lancaster recently; it’s an unusual geometric design in what almost looks like cross-stitch tapestry, does anyone recognise it? With three metres I could make the full-length version, exciting!

By Hand London Anna Dress Liberty Print 7

I decided to pair the full-length skirt variation with the v-neck bodice. One of the variations also has a sexy thigh-high split in it, I think next time I’ll be brave and put it in!

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I wasn’t holding out much hope that the bodice would fit that well. I’m not very good at putting in the extra effort to make up a bodice first and alter it to fit me perfectly so more often than not it all goes tits up (almost literally). The Anna bodice has pleats though which keep the waist lying flat but open up over the bust – it fitted perfectly on the first go, hooray!

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Perhaps the best thing about the Anna dress is that there aren’t any fiddly sleeves to sew in. The pattern is classed as ‘Beginner’ and it really is super simple. If you’re looking for an easy first-make it would be perfect.

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Thank you gorgeous By Hand London girls for making such a pretty pattern, need to get my hands on a Flora one day soon…

Has anyone else been making summer dresses lately? Tell us!



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