Sometimes you hear a lot about a pattern so you decide to give it a go. And then part way through sewing, when it looks like this, someone really helpful (or not….) says it looks like you’re making a costume out of Dinnerladies.
BUT THEN you finish it off, and you have something delightful and wonderful and you realise that was all wrong
What is it?
A boat neck, kimono sleeve, mid-length dress
Is it blue?
The bias binding is!
What’s the fabric and where is it from?
The fabric is a soft cotton (lawn maybe?) that I got as part of the fabric swap at SewBrum
What’s the pattern?
By Hand London’s Anna dress in the midi length. There’s a lot of love for this pattern out there, so I thought I’d give it a go.
What was good about making this?
It was really quick to come together and also had a couple of firsts for me; first time I’ve made a seven panel (seven gore?) skirt and the first time I’ve used bias binding for a decorative finish. The finish of the skirt to the bodice is really neat, with the panels all lining up against bodice features in a very aesthetically pleasing way.
What was bad about making this?
Oh my days. With seven panels joined together, that’s 12 raw seams. That’s an awful lot of overlocking. I got into a bit of a rhythm with it, but my word I was pleased when I got to the last one.
Would you make it again?
Yes; this was my wearable toile for a special dress I have in mind to wear to celebrate the boy’s 30th birthday.