Hello peeps! Isn’t it nice to see the sun again?? I’ve just had a wonderful weekend of manic productivity, including finally whipping out my first By Hand London Anna Dress.
I’ll be honest with you: when I first saw the Anna pattern, I was pretty ‘meh’. But then, Instagram started going a bit crazy over the International Anna Party and the web suddenly seemed flooded with irresistible inspiration. The day of the party approached and I succumbed, thinking I could whip up an Anna of my own in the two party-preceding nights. After all, I LOVE parties! I LOVE dresses! I LOVE competitions (ok, so it wasn’t a competition per se, but there were prizes – I LOVE prizes!)! But – life. And alcohol. Mostly alcohol. So my Anna eventually happened these two weeks later. Party for one, yay.
I sewed it up in Sew Over It’s ‘Mulan’ rayon, purchased from the Clapham shop, where they are always so lovely and I am always so spend-y. Seriously, they need to move that place out of my reach. Being a bit of a hobbit I knew I could lop off a good few inches from the skirt, and so daringly went for 2.6m instead of the required 3. It was still plenty; next time I’ll order just 2.5m, making Anna bargainacious as well as beauteous. The rayon is perfect; the drape is ideal, especially flattering on a shortie, and to my eyes the print lends the look a slightly 1930s feel.
She really is the speediest of amazing makes. I made Anna in her entirety between returning from work on Friday evening and departing for a wedding at 3pm on Saturday, stopping at various points to eat meals, sleep, open a bank account, and, oh, hire a car and move the remainder of my possessions across south London.
Notes-wise: I toiled the bodice and didn’t have the gaping back neckline that so many other bloggers have complained of, but mysteriously the gape materialised in the finished version so I ended up putting in extra neckline darts. Sonja of Ginger Makes came up with a great solution to the ubiquitous gape, so I’ll use that next time. I also very lightly interfaced the facing, mainly just because that’s what I’m used to, and I’m a creature of sewing habit.
Now I don’t understand the psychology behind this fact, but maxi dresses make me feel taller. I’ve never felt as tall as I did this weekend! And the thigh split makes me feel like Elsa from Frozen, which can only be a good thing.
It was the perfect dress for an outdoor wedding – acted as my personal picnic blanket, kept me warm when the sun went down, and still allowed plenty of room for cake. And mega-bonus: concealed my heels so I looked naturally tall.
Sorry if I sound a bit smug, but, well, I am! High fives all round! Anyone else want to join my Anna party for one?!