Sunday, 25 January 2015

A Dancing Anna

This was originally the dress that I made for my birthday, but got dumped in favor of the jumpsuit! I finished it off anyway to wear to a burns night dance next Saturday. I have no idea what burns night is or what it involves, so it will be an interesting experience to say the least!
I don't tend to make many indie patterns, because I literally don't fit on their size charts. After months and months of ogling the Anna dress, designed by By Hand London I finally decided that it would be worth adjusting and asked for it for Christmas. It turned out that I quite liked how it around the bust area so in the end I left it as is, just lowering the neckline a tad.
I drafted a circle skirt for the bottom half, because I thought that would be better for dancing using the By Hand London circle skirt app. It turned out pretty short, so I'll lengthen that next time! In terms of the insides, I didn't line it because the lining would make it too hot while dancing (I really thought about this!) and instead made bias binding out of the same fabric for the sleeves and neckline. The seams are overlocked and the hem was overlocked, turned under and slip-stitched. 
The fabric was a bit of a devil to work with, as it's a slippery silky kind of fabric that I inherited. It's interesting that it has a twill weave which you normally find on denim and wool fabrics. I'm so glad that I didn't topstitch the binding down, because it would have looked awful. You can still kinda see where I've slip-stitched the binding down which is a shame. 
I tried my best to stop the centre back seam with the zip from puckering by using strips of calico to stabilise it. That didn't work particulaly well either. Maybe I should interface it next time? It was a tad too windy for photos today! Just as well I wasn't in public!
Anyway, I am pleased with the dress, even with puckering issues and I will have great fun wearing it (with shorts) to burns night. 
Thanks for reading and to Ed for taking photos,
Lauren xx

11 comments:

  1. Really lovely and fun dress, I'm sure you will get lots of compliments at the dance.

    My thoughts on the zip - interfacing might help, but have you considered a handpicked zip instead? You will have more control and I also like the finish that way.

    Have a lovely time!

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    1. Thank you! When I use up the rest of the fabric (believe it or not I still have some left) I'll definitely give a handpicked zip instead. You get so much more control that way.

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  2. Your dress is amazing! And the fact that you are wearing it to go dancing makes it even better! I hope you have a fantastic amount of fun.

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    1. Thank you! The dancing will certainly be interesting!

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  3. Adorable dress. Enjoy dancing in it on Burns night. x

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  4. Your dress is so cute! The fabric might have been tricky but it sure paid off. I love silky fabrics with a sheen--they're so elegant. And your hair is amazing too! You just look all-around gorgeous :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad I've finally got the hair sussed. It's taken years to get it right!

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  5. I would have not guessed that this was a BHL 'Anna'. The colour and the style really suit you and I love your up-do!

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    1. That's pretty good for versatility's sake! Thank you!

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  6. Amazing dress, and great poses!

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