I'm always far, far behind the cool kids in the sewing blogging world. The first By Hand London Anna dress that I saw had me gasping. Of course, Lizzy is a little wisp of a thing and I am not - so I didn't buy the pattern. Then, I saw Karen's first Anna, followed quickly by her second, and then another favorite blogger made a spotty one and I was sold. Add to that all the variations of Anna that Roisin has made and I had to have it. (I might have also bought the Elisalex pattern).
I then decided to make this my November make for Make a Garment a Month. Of course, early in November I made some easy dresses - that have been worn and photographed but not blogged. I started by tracing the pattern and made a muslin. I decided that I needed to add a smidge to the hips and started looking for some fabric to make this with. I also had to lower the bust tucks by 1/2". And I took a 1" sway back adjustment at the upper back ala Nancy Zieman. The waist seam feels like it falls in a good place and doesn't need to be moved at all.
I found a lovely paisley cotton and set about cutting out a dress. Imagine my disappointment when there wasn't enough fabric for a dress. So, instead - I made Anna into a top. And honestly - I'm glad I did. I think the center back panels need to be straightened slightly on the center back. All of the skirt panel pieces are shaped like triangles - flaring toward the floor, but at the center back it's getting a weird flare that I don't care for.
Oh - I was totally mixing prints in this outfit too. Not that you can tell, but the skirt is brown pinstriped.
Wearing the top all day and looking at the photos, I think the 'smidge' that I added (1/4" on all skirt seams - 14 seams in all added 3.5") might have been a bit too much. I have already cut a dress out - but I think I'll take the 1/4" addition off the center front and leave it everywhere else - as well as straighten that center back seam.
So - what do you think? Do you love Anna? Have you jumped on the By Hand London bandwagon?
My photographer has been listening to Carolyn and telling me to act like a runway model and stand up straight. of course he always snaps the photo when I'm goofing off.
For the record - the arms look tight in this photo, but they are not. They are lose and I have full range of motion with no binding anywhere.
I felt cute and sassy most of the day. But I think this top/dress might have the ability to look 'maternity'. I'm hoping taking that smidge back out of the center front panels will help alleviate that.
I might have to consult with Lynne's Fashion Consultant because when I see these photos I feel dumpy and that's not how I want to feel.
Enough blabbering. Happy Holidays Everyone!