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We’ve jumped onto the Anna bandwagon!

December 1, 2013

Howdy!  Apologies if you are sick to death of looking at By Hand London Anna dresses; I know they have been popping up all over the blogosphere since the pattern was released.  Personally, I don’t think I will ever tire of looking at other people’s creations and I have been swooning over all of your fantastic versions of this dress!  Luckily for me, for my birthday this year my co-blogger Julia bought me the pattern (and bought one for herself too) and we have joined the throngs of sewists who have fallen in love with Anna.  I mean seriously, how EASY and QUICK is she to put together?!  No interfacing, no stay-stitching, a one-piece bodice front with pleats instead of darts…and a generous fit over even the more ample-bosomed among us.  I didn’t have to make any alterations to this to get my perfect fit.  I just couldn’t be happier with the pattern.

Today I want to show you my first By Hand London Anna dress, made in November.  This being my first attempt, naturally it began life as a toile, so I used some cherry print fabric I got at a fabric swap which wasn’t enough to make a whole dress with.  When I finished the bodice, it fit nicely and I really liked it, and so I dug out some co-ordinating plain fabric for the skirt in my stash (which I had originally bought for a Colette Pastille dress, but I never got round to making that one).  I had never envisaged making a dress like this, with a contrast bodice, and I wasn’t really sure if it was going to work, but I decided to just sew it up anyway.  My back-up plan was that if it didn’t look quite right, I would make a bodice from the plain fabric and have a plain Anna dress instead – after all, the cherry print was only meant to be a toile.


I opted for the V-neck version, having made Simplicity 2444 and the Colette Peony recently, I wanted a change of neck-line.

When the dress was finished, I still wasn’t 100% sure about the contrast bodice, so I posted photos on Twitter and Facebook asking for opinions, and left the finished dress on Delilah in my sewing room until I had decided what to do with it.


I used a regular centred zip rather than a concealed one

A few days later, we had friends over for dinner and my friend Athina mentioned that she had seen the photo on Facebook but that she wasn’t sure if she liked it, but when I showed it to her in real life she really liked it and asked to try it on!  Miraculously, it fit her and she decided she wanted it!  I was already formulating a plan for a second Anna dress so I was more than happy to give this one to a friend who will wear it and love it 🙂

Bodice view

Bodice view

I will show you my second Anna in due course!  TTFN x

  1. December 2, 2013 12:09 am

    It looks great! I have been reading everyone’s reviews on this dress, and I am gonna have to join you on this bandwagon. But mine probably won’t come until next month as I am currently working on something else. Although, my current project isn’t going so well, and I might just end up with a contrasting bodice also. Glad to see another contrast that looks good. 🙂

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 2, 2013 8:13 am

      Thanks! Sorry to hear your current project isn’t going too well. Hope it turns out nicely in the end! The Anna would be a great dress to make next because it is so simple but so pretty!

  2. December 2, 2013 4:50 am

    Love the two different fabrics you used! Changes up the look of the dress.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 2, 2013 8:14 am

      It definitely does change the look of the dress! Glad my friend liked it so much.

  3. anne carter permalink
    December 2, 2013 5:29 am

    Love it! What a kind friend you are!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 2, 2013 8:16 am

      Thanks Anne 🙂 I’m glad to know she really likes it.

  4. December 8, 2013 1:49 am

    Oooh! I totally love this in a with a contrast fabric, it really adds a fun new dimension to an already great shape.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 8, 2013 1:53 am

      It definitely does make it look quite different! 🙂

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