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Anna goes tropical

17 Nov

By now, pretty much the whole entire blogosphere has made the By Hand London Anna Dress. So yes, I am late to the party (or with this fabric should I be saying I’m late to the luau?), but I am still at the party! Woot!

By Hand London Anna Dress

I sewed along with the sewalong, but faltered at the last curve being late, late, late with photos.

Now she’s not a hard make, but if you’re not feeling confident, the sewalong had great tips and pics, making her even easier to sew up.

By Hand London Anna Dress

I made the maxi dress version with the boat neck, but got a little crazy and added a second split to the skirt. However craziness was dialled down when I reduced the height of the split – no-one needs to see that shiz.

By Hand London Anna Dress

I traced the pattern onto Swedish tracing paper in a 14 – it was way too big and I ended taking off about 6-7 cms off the side seams at the end. Make a toile people – it will save the unpicking!! And while I’m handing out hot tips – if you’re a tracer, GET AMONGST the Swedish tracing paper, it’s so much easier to work with than any other kind of paper.

By Hand London Anna Dress

I cut about 5cm off the hem, and my current hems are still huge! 8-10cms I reckon. I love that these BHL ladies design for us taller style people, this is the only pattern brand where I’ve ever had to shorten!

By Hand London Anna Dress

I overlocked most seams to finish them off, and hand blind stitched the splits and the skirt hem.

This lovely lady is made a tropical rayon from Spotlight that I nearly wet myself when I found amongst the fabric rolls because it was exactly what I was looking for for Anna – and I got the last 5 metres of it – HAH!

By Hand London Anna Dress

If you’re gonna get all technical like, the fit is probably not perfecto. For example, the waist seam is hitting me too high, but c’est la vie, I’ll fix it next time. On the other hand, my invisible zip insertion is divine – even if I do so say myself. What’s even more interesting is that I can’t remember the last time I actually hung out with an invisible zip. Needless to say, I was happy.

I can’t wait for some more Anna appropriate weather. However, I did wear her last week with boots and jacket, and I think she worked those boots 😉

Come at me – what are you working on right now?

Z xx


Massive shout-out to…

20 Sep

Katy, from Katy and Laney!

After seeing a gorgeous set of playsuits on BurdaStyle, I could not resist reading more and then sharing how much I was pining after the beautiful tropical leaf fabric on the blog post. Come on, you know you are too, it’s tropically terrific and we’re heading in to summer here = restraint impossible.

What happens next you ask? Well, let’s just say it was a very pleasant surprise when Katy got in touch and offered to help me re-home her magical tropical leaf fabric!!

And it arrived all the way from the USA today! With extra surprises! AND WITH A TROPICAL THEME!! That’s right!! Can life get any sweeter?! Or fruitier?


Now if you haven’t seen what these lovely ladies are making, (not sure how you could have missed them recently, interviews on kollabora & grainline studio in addition to burdastyle) I urge you to go and check them out now

And on a different note, I promise I haven’t retired from sewing. I have that dastardly wiggle dress II to hem (what? it’s only been 8 weeks or something right? lol), and if you’ve seen moi on Instagram or Facey lately you will have seen some more tropical themed fabric that is metamorphosing into an Anna dress

Katy, if you’re reading this, thank you, merci, arigato, and when you least expect it a fabric surprise may fall in to your lap!

Everyone else, happy sewing to you! Now I have to go and plan my tropical leaf dress… 🙂

Z xx