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Green December: Another Anna!

December 12, 2013

I have another By Hand London Anna dress to show you today!  This one has yet another skirt variation – I had a decent length of this map fabric from Goldhawk Road so I decided to draft a circle skirt for this version of the Anna dress, and I made the higher neck version rather than the v-neck this time.

Full front view!

My third By Hand London Anna dress

To make the circle skirt, I measured my waist, divided it by four and drew a rectangle measuring ¼ of my waist wide and my desired skirt length (I went for 70cm to give me plenty to play with).

Rectangle measuring a quarter of my waist wide and my preferred skirt length long.  I then drew straight lines from top to bottom to cut along.

Rectangle measuring a quarter of my waist wide and my preferred skirt length long. I then drew straight lines from top to bottom to cut along.

I then used the slash and spread method which I learned on my pattern cutting course to make the circle skirt pattern, and once that was done I added the seam allowance.

Circle skirt pattern - slashed and spread and filled in!

Circle skirt pattern – slashed and spread and filled in!

At this point I realised that I still wouldn’t have enough fabric for a full circle skirt, so I put that full-circle pattern aside and drafted another pattern for a half-circle skirt instead.  I’m pretty pleased with this work because now I have both patterns ready for future use!  In fact, I’ve already used the full circle skirt pattern for a different dress 🙂

I spent a lot of time very carefully cutting the fabric to ensure that the pattern on the fabric would match up exactly at the waistline where the bodice meets the skirt.  So much so, that I paid very little attention to matching the pattern at the centre back seam, and I ended up with a massive mismatch!!  The stupid thing is that this mismatch is far more noticeable than a waistline mismatch would have been…oh well!

Matching up at the waist seam

Matching up at the waist seam

Totally not matching up at centre back!  The waistline does match though...

Totally not matching up at centre back! The waistline does match though…

The dress came together very quickly and easily – no wonder everyone loves this pattern!  And I’m totally thrilled with the finished result.  Oh, and as this is green fabric, I’m going to include it in the Sewcialist’s Green December collection!  This will probably be my last entry for Green December though – I do have plans for another green dress but I’ve got lots of other stuff on the go at the moment!

Bodice view

Bodice view

One last note: in order to be able to hem my (half) circle skirt more easily, I used Gillian’s excellent tip: gather the bottom edge with your overlocker, which will make it easier to ease in the excess fabric when turning up the hem!

Hemming...the easy way!

Hemming…the easy way!

All of the seams inside are overlocked, so it looks very nice and neat.

Nice and neat on the inside :-)

Nice and neat on the inside 🙂

I’m really pleased with how the dress turned out, but I haven’t worn it yet!  I need to go to some sort of Geography convention or something!!!

31 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2013 3:25 pm

    This looks amazing, I’m so impressed with the way you’ve pattern-matched the fabric at the waist as well, I am always too lazy for that.
    I have been looking for some map print fabric for so long, I love this. Looks like I need to go to Goldhawk Road in the new year!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 12, 2013 3:31 pm

      Thanks! Goldhawk Road is definitely worth a visit if you’re in London. I wish I lived nearer but it’s probably better for my bank balance that I don’t!!! 😉

  2. December 12, 2013 3:42 pm

    This is so cute! What a fun fabric, and even more so with a sweet, twirly skirt!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 12, 2013 4:15 pm

      Thanks! I am looking forward to doing some serious twirling when I wear this! 🙂

  3. December 12, 2013 5:19 pm

    Ooh, fabulous! We’ll have to meet up and go shopping again! I was so overwhelmed by Goldhawk Road over the summer I really didn’t make the most of it…
    I’ve just made V8882 (which is a circle skirt with box pleats) and was thinking that I wanted to put it on the Anna bodice and the Elisalex bodice and this has made it even more urgent!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 12, 2013 8:42 pm

      I know what you mean, I’d love to go back & see you all again, and snap up even more wonderful fabric! Goodness me – a circle skirt with box pleats – that must take up a lot of fabric! But it sounds really great. Looking forward to seeing it. I’m sure it would look great on any bodice!

  4. December 12, 2013 6:21 pm

    I love the map fabric! I need to start getting these kind of fabrics that I love. I don’t know why I don’t just buy them!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 12, 2013 8:45 pm

      I love it too! It takes me AGES to actually commit to buying fabric – this one I saw it and left it and went back for it later! I worry that impulse purchases might not turn out so great, and I hate wasting money!

  5. December 12, 2013 8:34 pm


    blanca

  6. December 12, 2013 9:21 pm

    beautiful!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 12, 2013 9:31 pm

      Thanks so much!

  7. December 13, 2013 12:42 am

    Love it! It really suits a circle skirt!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 13, 2013 7:06 am

      It does work well 🙂

  8. December 13, 2013 1:09 am

    I love map fabric… The Anna/ circle skirt is a perfect way to showcase it! Pretty dress!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 13, 2013 7:10 am

      Thanks Laurie! I bought the fabric with a dress in mind, then for a few months I thought it would look weird as a dress and it became destined for pyjamas. I finally reverted to plan A and I’m really glad I did!

  9. December 13, 2013 10:18 am

    I love this dress! Oh, that fabric! It’s gorgeous, and the Anna bodice really shows it off without any annoying bust darts to break up the print.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 13, 2013 10:55 am

      It is a great pattern for showing off a good print!

  10. December 13, 2013 11:24 am

    I just love this fabric! Great choice to use it on the Anna dress with the circle skirt. Looks just lovely!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 13, 2013 11:30 am

      Thank you! This is proving to be very popular! 🙂

      • December 13, 2013 11:36 am

        Anything map relayed just works. I have a number of maps from cities / countries I’ve been to and can’t bring myself to throw them away.

      • tabathatweedie permalink*
        December 13, 2013 11:37 am

        Sounds like you need to get some map fabric for yourself then!

      • December 13, 2013 11:39 am

        Yes, I’ll have to find some. I made a skirt out of glow in the dark map of the night sky fabric for a david Bowie sewalong. Now need land map fabric!

      • tabathatweedie permalink*
        December 13, 2013 11:51 am

        Wow! That sounds amazing! Did you blog it?

      • December 13, 2013 12:00 pm

        I did. I’m on my phone so trying to figure out how to post the link. This may or may not be it, lol
        Otherwise, you can look for it on my blog. http://gjeometry.com/2013/04/08/bowie-sewalong-make-and-it-glows-in-the-dark/

      • tabathatweedie permalink*
        December 13, 2013 12:10 pm

        That is AWESOME!!!

      • December 13, 2013 12:11 pm

        Hee! Thank you.

  11. December 13, 2013 11:51 am

    I’ve really struggled with circle skirt patterns before. This method looks much easier! Thanks very much 🙂

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 13, 2013 11:59 am

      It is super simple. Just don’t forget to add seam allowance!

  12. December 13, 2013 5:11 pm

    very cute, love it

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 13, 2013 7:01 pm

      Thanks Rachel!

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