Hello monthly stitchers! Thanks so much to the team for hosting Indie pattern month again, I’m really excited that it’s back again. While the other themes that have been held over the years have been super fun, its hard to beat a gorgeous dress really, so this is such a lovely theme to kick off with.
With this make I’ve returned to an old pattern that was everywhere in the blogosphere at one point and I’ve already made several versions of, a couple of versions here and here. It is of course the By Hand London Anna dress. Despite having made this dress a number of times, I have never made the V-necked version so it was nice to try something new while still in the realm of the familiar.
For this make I used an old sheet that I’d found in a charity shop a couple of years ago and I made a number of alterations to the pattern. I always feel like the Anna bodice is a bit short on me, I have quite a long torso, so I lengthened this one by about 5cm. It may have been a cm too much but I’m not going to get too picky about it. With my last Anna dress I had made some alterations to adjust for gaping in the back, following this tutorial by Ginger makes, which I did again this time. I also decided to add a pleated skirt for a slightly different look and while the calculations behind pleats always defeat me (and I’m usually good at maths!), I got there in the end and really like the finished look. Despite the pleats, this was really a very quick and satisfying make.
While it’s always lovely to get a new pattern and try out new things there is something wonderful about returning to a TNT pattern. For more details, pictures and other makes, please check out my blog. And I’ll leave you with a crazy hair out-take!