Pattern review – By Hand London Anna Dress

I have no idea why it has taken me so long to make my first By Hand London Anna dress. This pattern was released in 2013 but it is such a unique style that I don’t think it has aged at all.

I bought the pattern a while ago, after trying on one of Vicky from SewVee’s Anna dresses and falling in love with the style.

Anna has stunning kimono sleeves and a choice of necklines and skirt variations. As I only had a metre and a half of my stunning jade green Japanese cotton lawn from Guthrie Ghani, I opted for the midi length skirt with the high neck. I just about managed to squeeze it out of the fabric that I had, with a few scraps to spare.

I was very careful with the pattern placement of the birds, and was keen to avoid them right on the boob!

I cut the size 6 and was very pleased to find that it fit me perfectly with no adjustment at all! Yay to By Hand London for making patterns that fit us smaller ladies!

I did have to wait a while until I found a green zip – I really struggled to find one, but eventually found one in a near enough shade from Minerva Crafts.

The cotton lawn was lovely to work with, pressed well and hangs nicely.

The instructions were really straightforward to use. I think that maybe real beginners might struggle slightly, but if you have sewn a garment before, you should be fine.

I love this dress – I am so glad I decided to use the fabric for a dress rather than a shirt, as it is far more special. I have a wedding to go to in a couple of weeks so I hope to wear it then for it’s first spin!

I can’t wait to make a maxi version of the Anna with a side split for some drama! I just need to find the perfect fabric.








  1. Oh my god I am dying. I love absolutely EVERYTHING about this. That color looks ah-mazing on you! And I’m such a sucker for a Japanese print (my family is japanese and I think that really influences my design sensibilities). Now I want this exact thing in my size!!

  2. Love it! It looks fantastic on you, the shape is great. The fabric definitely gives it an oriental look and I love the colour. I think the fabric also comes in mustard and I’ve had my eye on it, but now I’ve seen the jade I like both.

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