Sunday, 2 March 2014

Anna Mk II - Daisy Anna

I knew I'd have to make another Anna dress soon. And I didn't wait long to do so.

Meet "Daisy Anna"


This was real stash-busting, the fabric I bought over a year ago and it's been waiting for the perfect pattern. I reckon it's found it!


This is the slash neck mid length version of By Hand London Anna dress - if you hadn't already guessed :-) I was so excited cutting this out and trying so hard to fit all the pieces that I forgot to lengthen the bodice. It's a wee bit short in the waist, but I can certainly live with it!


Some of the skirt pieces are upside down, I can't tell, so neither can you, and if you can, shut up, cos I don't care!! :-) I so wanted to keep the gored skirt which is on the pattern. I just think it's perfect for it and didn't want to add a gathered or pleated skirt. I did have to remove some of the width from the skirt pieces too.

Skirt pattern placement

You wanna see how much was left at the end?

Yep, that's creative cutting :-)

And there was little fabric left for a hem, so this is what the hem looks like on the inside...

You like?

There's not really much else to say. This pattern is just a joy to sew, it goes together really easily and is quick to make. OK, possibly a wardrobe full of Anna dresses may get a bit too much, but only a bit you understand!

And so the details...
Fabric:  (Possibly vintage) cotton from Unearthed (a vintage shop on Cuba St, Wellington), bought on my first WSBN meet, November 2012, I think it was $25.
Notions:  Thread, a standard dress zip,interfacing and ribbon for the hem
Pattern:  By Hand London Anna
First worn:  I think for work a couple of weeks ago, worn here at Staglands with the WSBN.
Changes:  Shifted the bodice pleats to the centre slightly and sewed them about an inch shorter. Oh, and my new fave, it has a handpicked zip instead of an invisible zip. Just check this out...

I love hand sewing! Particularly when I get a result like this!

Although I first wore this to work, I didn't get photos until we went to Staglands, so here's a cutesy pic for you or two...


Now I'm not the best with any animal, but this little bunny let me hold him for ages. He was so soft and warm.

Oh and as an aside, it looks like I'll be making the GatherKits Mortmain in March. You have bossed and 44% of you voted for the Mortmain, the Vogue and Elisalex getting 27% of votes each.


Now all I need to do is to find an exposed zip which I like!

15 comments:

  1. this fabric is gorgeous! Very pretty :)

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    1. Thank you, it's really bright and cheerful.

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  2. perfect fabirc for the dress. Looking forward to seeing your bossy pattern come to life :)

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    1. The bossy pattern is in testing phase!

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  3. Shut up cos I don't care either! ;) I love a tiny pile of scraps left over, it's so satisfying!

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    1. Hurrah! You can't tell it's upside down with this fabric! Scraps are good, but on the other hand, it's all gone, no sharing the love and no making bias binding :-)

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  4. Wow you used practically every bit of that fabric, I like your fun contrasting hem!

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    1. Yep, it doesn't happen much!

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  5. Your hand picked zipper is just beautiful :-) I love the Daisy fabric and the red bias hem is a perfect touch. I loves it!

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    1. Thank you, it's my new fave. They just give you so much control and I find it really satisfying to sew.

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  6. So pretty for a summer day! I love it too.

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  7. Nikki this dress looks wonderful on you. Well done on using up all the fabric. The bias hem is beautiful. Hopefully it warms up and you can wear it again

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    1. Summer seems to have returned briefly, so hopefully it'll get a bit more wear. Everytime I see the red hem, I smile!

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  8. This is so pretty Nikki! And I love how it looks on you. The red hem is fabulous too!

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