“Club Tropicana, drinks are free,
Fun and sunshine – there’s enough for everyone
Let me take you to the place
Where membership’s a smiling face,
Brush shoulders with the stars.
Where strangers take you by the hand,
And welcome you to wonderland -
From beneath their panamas…”
I’m really not a Wham girl, but I do like this song and, well, I admit it, I liked the pun a lot! This post is a bit photo heavy because I LOVE this dress, so if you’re looking for more of a pattern review, you’d do better to read my earlier post here! I actually really enjoyed taking photos of this dress mainly because I put on some happy 60’s tunes, tried to relax, and focused on swirling in this super soft dress… Thank you to everyone who gave me tons of tips last time – it really helped to know I wasn’t the only one who dreaded photo time! This is my third Anna (I will blog the middle one soon, I promise!), but my first maxi length and my first with the V-neck opening. This Anna is a totally different beast when compared to the other two as the very Anna experienced Sew Busy Lizzy has said, and is a much slinkier and more elegant customer than the more refined slash neck midi.
The fabric I used is a very soft tropical print voile that I bought here in Singapore. I’d had my eye on it for a while, and when I saw it on sale, I jumped at the chance! Because the fabric is so soft, I took my time with it and tried not to manhandle it too much. The ever awesome Oonaballoona has just written a post about how best to handle silky fabrics and I wish I’d seen it before I started trying to wrangle this slippery fabric into shape! Because the neckline is so flimsy, I used Lladybird’s idea of adding selvedge scraps to the neckline, but I think I needed a little more than this, so I fell stitched the neckline and ironed some double sided hemming tape to stop the facings from jumping out. I think next time, I may take Sew Busy Lizzy’s advice and stabilise it with interfacing instead to give the V’ a little more structure.
I also added french seams to the inside of the dress because I’m a bit sick of constantly snipping loose threads, and also because I wanted to make sure I can wear this dress for years to come… I handstitched the armholes, neckline, facings at the shoulders, thigh high split and the entire hem. Yes, you read that right, the entire hem. Admittedly, I did end up doing it in a coffee shop a few hours before I was due to go out for margaritas and tasty tacos, but still, I did it! I also sewed a hook and eye to the back of the dress, but I forgot to do it up when I took the photos – doh! I do really love the tailored look to this dress and I feel very elegant in it because of the hand stitching. Am I alone in this? I had never handstitched much before, but I think I will be doing so a lot more from now on…
There seems to be a flurry of beautiful slash necked maxi Anna’s out there, including this 70’s wonder by Ginger Makes, this silky creature by Sew Amy Sew, and this dress with a bevy of bathing beauties by Roisin. I really delayed and ummed and ahhed over which neckline to use this time, mainly because I’d seen how very different they looked from each other. I’m really glad I went with the V neck for the maxi, as I think it could have been a bit too much in such an overexcited print! I know that Oonaballoona is due to release a new Anna into the wild sometime this week, so it’ll be exciting to see which version she goes with…
I’m off to dance the night away now with my groovy dance moves…!