Oh, dear Anna! Or should that that be, oh dear, I made another Anna? Please excuse the punning title of this post, but I just couldn’t help myself! This pattern is, however, very dear to my heart (last one, I promise!) because it is very easy to make, but so sophisticated once it’s finished. This is my second version of the midi length Anna by By Hand London (I haven’t had chance to photograph my other one yet), and I only have good things to say about it. I’ve never made anything from this pattern company before, mainly because I just couldn’t see myself wearing something so elegant in this humidity, but as soon as I saw the relaxed draping lines of Anna, I couldn’t resist giving it a go!
The Anna dress is extremely easy to put together, and although I made a muslin, there really was no need as this dress fit me straight out of the packet! The only fitting issues I had were the slightly too large back (nice and easy to fix with a little pleat at the neck) and that I had cut a size too large (always a nice problem!) in the muslin. I seem to have real trouble measuring myself accurately – maybe I am overly paranoid and subconsciously always go up a size just in case… Next time I make a midi Anna, I may add pockets because I’m more of a rucksack kind of girl and digging around in my bag gets old really quickly especially when you’re late (as I invariably am…). Pockets are a real must for lazy people like me!
I hand stitched the arm holes and facings down which I’ve never done before. I’m usually far too desperate to finish the dress at the last minute to bother, but this time I slowed down and really enjoyed it! There really is something very satisfying about working slowly with a needle and thread – I think I may be doing this more frequently in the future! Pleats give the bodice shape rather than darts which may be reason it fits so well. Hurray for no FBA!
The midi length works really well in a structured, heavier fabric like the cotton duck because it gives the skirt a bit more flare and helps the kimono sleeves to stick out. This gives you a rather nice hourglass shape, which I tried to emphasise by adding a belt. The fabric is made by a company called Buzoku which is the same company that made the fox fabric for my Datura top. I’d never heard of them before but they have some great designs with spacesuits and bulldogs, so I may have to go and investigate them further…
Next up will be a long slash neck Anna in this beautiful slinky Hawaiian rayon! I hope I get it finished in time for our trip to the beach tomorrow… Hope you all have a great weekend!
PS Does anyone have any tips for taking photos? I really hate doing it because they always turn out with me either squinting or looking faintly pissed off! Any help would be very gratefully received!