Well, hello, everyone. With the current lovely weather where I live this dress is just perfect, and cool. For my first post, I have made a By Hand London – Anna dress.
I have seen lots of lovely Anna dresses and have been wanting to make one for a long time and I am so glad I did and The Monthly Stitch really spurred on me finishing it off.
I chose to do variation 3 which is a shorter dress, it has kimono sleeves and slash neckline, which I think are very flattering.
It is my first By Hand London Pattern and I am very pleased with the results. My measurements are B.40 W.36 H.44 1/2 I was a bit unsure but I went with a size 14us/18uk and I am happy with the size and fit. I did change the seam allowance to give myself a bit of wiggle room but I think when I make this dress again I would go with the original seam allowance of 5/8. I do worry about sizing when sewing and do find myself taking in many of my outfits. Fit is something I need to sit down and learn more about the best fit for my shape.
I used a lightweight viscose type fabric from a local shop, those living in the South West of England may know it – Trago. It is a blue and yellow flower.
I found the pattern very straightforward and it sewed up well. I haven’t sewn pleats before but a managed them well and I think they look lovely on the bodice. As well as following the instructions I also followed the sewalong which I found really helpful too. I find photographs much better for me when sewing and I also like the way sewalongs are broken down into sections.
For some reason I had real issues matching up my notches on the skirt, I am not quite sure what I did, but it all came good. Next time I need to come up with a better method for myself. I normally just make a small snip, but this time it didn’t go right. My zip insertion went really well and I had it in before I knew it. I followed the instructions exactly and bingo zip in. Does anyone else find themselves saying instructions out loud when they are sewing?
More and more with my hemming, I have taken to sewing a line 5/8 or whatever the pattern calls for to give me a good line to fold up and iron. Makes my hems neater and less stressful. I machine hemmed it as I need to work on both my patience and skill for hand hemming.
My Photos were taken in the garden and my first go at using a remote shutter and tripod, lots to learn but I enjoyed it. Where to look, any ideas, I feel like a Cheshire cat when I smile at the camera? Thank you for taking the time to have a look at my creation.