Hello! So today I am sharing with you my FOURTH Anna dress. I love, love, love this pattern from By Hand London There a tons of versions on the sewing interwebs and they all look great, it is super flattering and versatile. As I mentioned I have made it three times before I started this blog, I reviewed them on Sewing Pattern Review.
The thing I love about Anna is that she is very adventurous and takes me to some great places. Here I am drinking cocktails in London at Berners Tavern Restaurant with Anna 1
and here in the toilets at the Ritz in Anna 2
and here having lunch in France with my Mum and Dad in Anna 3
Anna 4 is in preparation for a late holiday in Barcelona and she’s really looking forward to it 🙂
The fabric is a smooth, drapey rayon with a hibiscus print from Sew Over It In my opinion if you make the maxi-length Anna it suits a fabric like rayon or cotton lawn. I have made one short version in a quilt-weight cotton which works too but has a totally different vibe. I have had to make tweaks to the pattern as I’ve got to know it. The first one had a lot of gape around the neckline which I have just about fixed now. I had to shorten the length of the skirt and I took the back centre seam in about an inch which I usually do on dresses. I also shortened the thigh-split to avoid knicker-flashing … the pattern has it at the right height for a much taller person than myself.
You’ll just have to excuse these photos – I took most of them on Sunday evening and I’d had a couple of glasses of wine and was trying to do ‘modelling’ hahaha!
The pattern doesn’t instruct you to either stay-stitch the neck or interface the linings but I learnt to sew with the Big Four and it felt weird not to do those things so I did. Maybe you could get away with not doing them? I still haven’t managed to make my invisible zips totally invisible but they are at least neat now. This latest version has a Chinese-y feel to me.
This dress is just so comfy and easy to wear – it feels casual but looks glam. Best …. dress…. ever! 🙂