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.