A Silky Pink Anna

I’m am 100% smitten with By Hand London’s Anna dress pattern.

I know I was supposed to focus once again on my older, languishing projects.  How could I not make up the Anna dress as soon as I got the pattern in the mail.  Sewing is all about fun, yea?!  :D

I bought this hot pink (not red… but a cranberry pink) silk blend fabric when I was at Vogue fabrics a bit ago.  I got the last of what was on a roll, not knowing what I was going to make with it.  It’s a mega hodge-podge blend.  I do know it has silk on it, but beyond that I can only guess; the fabric is supple, drapey, and spongy with some stretch to it.  Like I said, mega blend.  But it makes one great feeling garment.

So… guess what peeps???  I didn’t make any alterations whatsoever to this dress.  I made a muslin first and it fit 100%.  Well, mostly… I lengthened the bodice by 3/8″… but I actually wish I hadn’t since it’s now about 1/2″ too long.  The weight of the skirt pulls the bodice down a tiny bit which I wasn’t counting on.  Seriously!  This is the first time ever that I haven’t had to make any alterations.  No shortening of the bodice, no reducing the shoulder width, no redrafting curves, nada!

I did an invisible hem on the dress, but you can totally see it on the right side.  I’m gonna blame that on the spongy fabric.

The length of this is my own doing.  I didn’t cut the middy length nor the full length.  Since I’m such a shortie, I lengthened the middy length by 2″  but also have a 1.25″ hem here.  I wanted the length to be a bit in between middy & full for a bit of a dressier dress.

The lines in the bodice are from my slip underneath.  *Blegh*  Plus, I don’t know why I look so sassy here.  heh

This dress made me feel so feminine with it’s figure-flattering, curve-hugging silhouette with a bit of swish in the skirt.  It would be the perfect LBD pattern.

I used french seams on a few seams of the skirt, but for the side seams I did a plain seam with serged ends just in case I had to alter this now or in the future.  It closes with an invisible zipper which I hadn’t done in some time.  But it went in like a piece of cake (since I always-always baste silk organza into the back seam for stabilization.)

The neckline is finished with a facing, which I wish I stitched on after I added the center back zip.  The wonderful thing about the neckline facing is that it extends a bit into the shoulder.  Doing so, it provided me with a bit more shoulder structure that I love without the addition of shoulder pads.

What else can I say about this pattern?!  I’m going to make more.  So many more!  This is a pattern that can take on so many looks with it’s two different necklines and hem lengths, not to mention the various fabric selections.  I would already have cut another one out but sadly, I don’t have any suitable fabric in my stash for another.  It’s sad when you have a closet full of fabrics but none of them will work for what you want to make.  :(  heh

Highly, highly recommend this pattern to any gal who wants to show off some curves in a timeless silhouette.

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Comments (25)

  1. Tasha August 12, 2013 — 8:29 AM

    Gorgeous! I love the shape and the kimono sleeves, and the fabric you picked is beautiful. The color looks great on you, too. Looks so swishy and fun. Love it!

    1. Liz August 12, 2013 — 4:53 PM

      Totally swishy! It feels wonderful to wear. I only wish I could wear it to work, but I fear it’s on the bit dressy side.

  2. gorgeous – that colour is amazing on you! off to buy this pattern finally!

  3. This is Drop. Dead. Gorgeous. You look stunning :) I really must get this pattern!

  4. Jenny August 12, 2013 — 10:51 AM

    Hell yes, sewing MUST be fun! I recently decided to forgo all my ‘should’ sewing for all my ‘want’ sewing and have been having a great time. This dress is so pretty and I love how the length has added an even more awesome 40s vibe. And sassy is great, by the way :-)

    1. Liz August 12, 2013 — 4:48 PM

      Nice! I’ve been a sewing rebel lately and sewing what I want. heh Yes, it’s so 40’s. Once I find more suitable fabric, I’d love to incorporate some more 40’s details on it (but those have yet to be determined).

  5. joelle August 12, 2013 — 11:44 AM

    swoon! this is the first anna i see that REALLY makes me want to sew up this pattern right now! i can’t really point out what it is that makes it so perfect, maybe the colour that is just gorgeous on you?

    1. Liz August 12, 2013 — 4:52 PM

      I dunno what it is about the Anna pattern… When I saw the original Anna dress image on By Hand London’s site, it was in a silky black with the thigh split and I thought that version was perfect. And I keep seeing more and more wonderful versions on the net.

      To me is a classic style, that is alluring without showing all of one’s skin.

      I can’t but help but think in a white or ivory silk, it could be a wonderful wedding dress. Too bad I didn’t start sewing until after I got married.

  6. Sarah August 12, 2013 — 12:31 PM

    Oooh, you look lovely, Liz! That colour is fabulous on you and the length is just right. Well done!

  7. Gail August 12, 2013 — 1:40 PM

    Oooh, love this! That’s such a great color for you! I just got this pattern last week, and if I had any suitable fabric in my stash I’d be making it up this week but I’m in the same boat as you!

    1. Liz August 12, 2013 — 4:49 PM

      Thanks Gail. I never thought I’m girly enough to wear pink.. but here we are. I’ve made a half dozen hot pink items by now and I seem to be drawn to the boldness of the color.

  8. Debi August 12, 2013 — 1:56 PM

    Absolutely stunning! I love it!

  9. Ginger August 12, 2013 — 2:28 PM

    Gorgeous!!!!! This looks so lovely on you! Seriously fab!

  10. Emilie August 12, 2013 — 2:43 PM

    It looks stunning on you. By far my favorite version yet of this dress!

  11. Hanne August 12, 2013 — 3:02 PM

    LOVE your dress! Stunning and you look so good!

  12. Sabine August 12, 2013 — 6:12 PM

    This color is really beautiful on you and the straight hair are a fun change too!

  13. Bridget August 13, 2013 — 2:10 PM

    Your dresses are all so gorgeous and fit you perfectly.

  14. Jo August 13, 2013 — 2:49 PM

    It’s beautiful, you stunning lady :)

  15. Lorenna August 15, 2013 — 7:01 AM

    This is a fantastic dress on you! I think I will have to pick up the Anna pattern pretty soon!

  16. Taracat August 15, 2013 — 2:03 PM

    Absolutely gorgeous, and that colour is great on you. I am also struggling to concentrate on my current projects when what I really want to do is sew up another Anna. This pattern is seriously addictive.

    1. Liz August 16, 2013 — 10:16 AM

      Thanks Taracat. Anna IS addictive.

      I’ve held myself back from making another, only because I don’t have any more appropriate fabric. Instead I’ve turned my sights to a long-promised project to my mom. Once that’s done, Anna may be back on my sewing table. :)

  17. This is such a great version of the Anna! Awesome colour and looks amazing on you.

    1. Liz August 20, 2013 — 4:38 PM

      Thanks Clare. Love your bombshell suit too, btw. :)

  18. Wanett August 23, 2013 — 11:22 PM

    It’s sooooo pretty on you!! That color is amazing!! I’m really going to have to buy this pattern!

  19. Laurie August 26, 2013 — 5:56 PM

    Gorgeous color on you! And I like the bit of added length for a dressier look… Great version of Anna! ~Laurie

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