This is me looking pretty damn happy with myself 🙂 Two reasons – Yes, I’m late to the Anna dress party – but i’m here now and I don’t care! And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s the Anna dress from By Hand London – which has taken the sewing blogosphere by storm this summer. I think it may be the start of a beautiful relationship….
Secondly – I am in love with these little lace up wedge boots from Marks and Spencer. Yep, that’s right – M&S!
Right, back to the dress – it’s fantastically quick and easy to make, flattering and dare I say it – fairly slimming! Plus, you know it’s a good dress when your work colleagues don’t immediately think it’s from Primark (similar to Forever 21?) which is what happened last week with the hummingbird dress…
This dress is sort of my tester Anna dress. I’ve been wanting to make the maxi dress version and wanted to see if I could get away without making any alterations. I made this dress up in a size 14/18 in a lovely black cotton sateen that I am struggling to remember where I bought it from. Possibly Ditto Fabrics, possibly Fabrics Galore – But who really cares, this fabric is awesome!
Besides, I bought it last year and if you saw the extent of my current fabric stash, you may forgive me for my momentary lapse of detail on this one particular fabric! On a serious note, I have begun to catalogue it. I think I may have OCD…
Here’s a close up of the fabric – I’ve always thought it looks a bit like birds or possibly hands… I can never decide but I guess hands would be a bit creepy, so we’ll go for birds I think….
And because the midi dress doesn’t feature a thigh high split, you can get away with overlocking/serging your seams for an extra fast finish – Hooray!
I’ve flatlined it with black poly-cotton. Sadly, I couldn’t find any pure cotton for my lining. I don’t normally use poly-cottons at all as I much prefer natural fabrics against my skin but there was no plain black cotton lining type fabric in my local fabric shop at the time.
Anyway, back to the pattern – apart from the packaging, which I dearly love. – this dress ticks all the boxes for me. Long enough – tick. Flattering – tick. Favourite type of sleeves – tick. Quick dress – tick. However, to make this dress even more awesome, next time I’ll have to lengthen the bodice. I’m just not sure how much longer I can keep myself in denial that at 5 foot 10.5 inches, I do not have the same proportions of a 5 foot 6 inch woman. Either that or I’m lazy, anyways I’m sure you can decide which one I am 🙂
And from the back – pretty awesome too. Although I have sadly just realised that the facing is sticking up at the back!