Saturday, 2 August 2014

Late to the Party Anna dress

I’m late to the party again. But hopefully, fashionably late. This is my first Anna and she wasn’t part of my sewing plans. When byhandlondon realised her as a pdf it was about five days before their party in London I wondered "can I make an Anna in just five evenings?" Well, there was only one way to find out!

Late to the Party Anna Dress

I figured if I could get the fit worked out in the first evening, it might just be possible. I quickly taped together the pdf. It goes together very easily and there is little wasted paper. It only comes in the midi version which was perfect for this make. Instructions are included for making the maxi skirt though.

Late to the Party Anna Dress

I had to think for a while about which size to make. I knew I would have to grade out for my waist but I fell right between two sizes all over. Erring on the side of caution I made the bigger one for my toile. It fit well across my waist and back but there was so much excess across my chest and into the sleeves. I started to pin it in when I remembered Kelly’s fitting experiences. This was a great time saver. I made another toile which was a smaller size at the shoulders and bust. Most of the excess fabric disappeared. You can see that the fit isn’t quite right - the neckline is a little too big and the dress slips to one side a little. It isn’t too big a deal though.


Late to the Party Anna Dress

I knew I wanted a dress that would go from day to night and I think I have achieved that. It is a smart dress for the office that works well for going out after work. Also perfect for a weekend evening meal out. 

I went stash shopping and pulled out this fabric that I picked up at Goldhawk Road a couple of years ago. Unsurprisingly, I just couldn’t resist the bright blue flowers. I’m not fully certain what fabric it is but it has a lovely drape, is as silky as it looks on the outside and is matt on the inside. One of the benefits about sewing this in the evening is seeing the fabric in artificial light. Turns out it is a little transparent and you would definitely be able to see everything underneath in bright light! I should have lined the dress but opted to buy a slip instead. Don’t judge me - I was on a time limit!

Late to the Party Anna Dress

I got the full dress out of 2m of fabric and decided that pattern matching didn’t matter that much. I’m not even sorry for that decision, although I will say I’m pleased that there is almost a full flower on the centre back - complete fluke. Oh, can I show you the zip please? It is my best invisible zip to date! I didn’t change the way I inserted it but for some reason it just clicked. Or maybe it was the fact I was determined to make it work with a £4 zip! Needless to say I won't be going back to that shop for a zip.

Late to the Party Anna Dress

I finished the neckline, sleeves and hem with bias tape turned to the inside and hand stitched in place. Yep, somehow I found the time to hand stitch although I thought I would become permanently crossed eyed. I did wonder if the hem would be a little too rigid but I think it is ok. What do you think of the length of the dress? It has caused a fair bit of discussion between me and Adam... I think I was trying to show the swish of the skirt in this picture.



Late to the Party Anna Dress

I've worn this dress twice and loved it both times. I can definitely see this getting a lot of wear and it certainly won't be my last Anna.  



19 comments:

  1. Well you're not the last - I haven't made this yet although it's firmly on my list for when I am back to wearing dresses! I really like this. The colour is lovely. I think the length is fine. What was the discussion? And great zip!! Perfect!

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  2. Thanks, Helen. Adam thinks the length is slightly odd - falling somewhere between not short enough but not long enough. I guess it is just different as I normally hem my dresses at my knees.

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  3. I don't see any problem with the length of the dress. Actually I think it really works as it is, since it is a garment that you want to be able to use both for the office and nights out. The fabric looks great on you, although black with blue accents is a safe bet for you ;-)
    Enjoy your holidays!

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    1. Thanks! You're so right about the colours...

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  4. This is lovely Claire. I think the length is fine, maybe just different to what Adam is used to seeing you in? Lovely pattern matching across the zip - even if you didn't plan it!

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    1. Thanks, Sam. I think it is just a case of getting used to the length.

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  5. Well done fitting and making this dress in 5 days only! And you even hand stitched the bias tape. Gosh that must have taken you ages. I love your fabric and it suits you so well, the color that is. Amazing Anna :) maybe I should give it a shot as well, but there are always so many other things I want to make, haha.

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    1. It did take a while! I can see you in an Anna...

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  6. sometimes the unplanned projects made to a deadline are the best ones, and this certainly seems that way :D

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  7. Lovely dress and well done you for making this in such a short time frame. Sorry to be a wet blanket but I am with Adam on this and think the length is rather "dowager" on you and would look a little smarter about two inches shorter. Having said that, if I were you, I'd not be redoing the hem :-)

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    1. The thought of redoing the hem is a little scary! Although it is something I may entertain in the future if I get a little bored of it being longer.

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  8. Beautiful dress! This actually is not my favourite pattern, but it suits you so well. The fabric is so lucious, great colours too.

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    1. Thanks, Catja. The fabric is gorgeous although slightly prone to snagging...

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  9. Loving your Anna, the fabric is gorgeous. I think the length is fine, and wowsers to making it so quickly.

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  10. Looking fabulous in your Anna - I love the fabric you have chosen and the fit looks perfect. Another inspiring sewing project Claire!

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  11. I couldn't get on with the anna at first but I have promised to have another go. You picked very pretty colours and I think the length suits you! High five for speedy sewing

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