I 100% did not expect to get an entry into IPM this year because I’m right in the middle of final assignment submissions, exams and I also work part time so I am writing reports as well.
However, I picked up the By Hand London – Anna Dress from a blogging pal Rachelle who wasn’t loving the pattern. As she had purchased the paper copy I felt okay to ask her if I could buy it off her. (She kindly agreed). I’ve been wanting to try this pattern for a long time and whenever I have things I have to do I want to procrastisew (it’s a thing!).
As you may guess By Hand London is based in London (UK) and as I’m based in Aotearoa/NZ there isn’t too much further round the world we could be from each other. 🙂
I bought this fabric recently because it made me all sorts of happy but I only had 2m so the back bodice is a different direction to the rest of the dress!
Having read some reviews I decided to add the facing last and inserted the zipper before completing the side seams as well. As you can see I added a gathered skirt rather than the panelled one that is on the pattern. If I make a maxi version of the dress I’d go for the panel and the split… I guess there’s always next week right?!
The pattern was a charm to put together. I would probably make a smaller size next time but I love this fabric so much and I didn’t want to risk it being too tight. I think next time I’d also bias bind the neckline rather than do the facings (I feel like dresses with facings spend most of their lives poking out, even though I did under-stitch).
I overlocked all the edges and I’m really happy with the result.
It’s been such fun getting to join in with IPM and I’ve been enjoying the flurry of emails into my inbox each day with all your fabulous creations. Thanks to the team of moderators as well for all their work to put together such a fun month.
Yours in sewing (and productive study breaks!),