Have you ever felt a bit smug as a sewer? Like when you’ve finished a project and you’re just SO chuffed about the fit, the fabric and you can’t wait to show it off?
Well, I am pretty darn smug today. This dress is without a doubt the nicest thing I’ve ever made for myself. This is largely thanks to the fabric which I absolutely adore. And the Anna dress was perfect for it. Altering bodices is definitely not my favourite thing (I always have to do a pretty significant SBA), so after 3 semi ok muslins I just went ahead and made the dress anyway. And after some additional changes as I was sewing that were definitely not ‘by the book’, the fit just clicked. Even the insides look pretty with french seams everywhere except for the zipper/centre seam in the back.
This fabric is from the infamous ‘man outside Sainsburys‘ on Walthamstow market. I bought it for about £8/m I think, which is quite expensive for his stuff. Worth every penny. It’s silky smooth, and delicate – but not so delicate that I breaks easily when sewing. It’s some kind of shiny polyester. I’m really bad at remembering fabric names, so if anyone has a clue to what this is, let me know!
I sewed a size 14 bodice and graded it to 16 in the hips. Quite a big size for me, but I’m glad I did it, as the fit is nice and loose and super comfortable. For a stiffer fabric I’d probably go down in size.
Oh and this is my entry to the #internationalannaparty. The party starts this evening and will pull an all-nighter until tomorrow. Instagram is going to be flooded with Anna’s for sure.
- Anna dress pattern – £9
- Fabric: 2.5m – £20
- Notions (incl. zipper) – £3