So this has to be my favourite Anna so far:
Well, clearly not my favourite of all the Anna’s in the world. I have said before how smitten I am with all of Sewbusylizzie’s makes, especially this one, and Nishi has been busy making this adorable deer print number and this fabulous tropical print beauty. And how can I even put it in the same category as the silk smackdown between Lauren, Sonja and Oona?
Part of the appeal is that it is a season-bridging frock, and as the UK went overnight from Summer to Autumn this is very fitting. Yesterday I’d have been showing it with a bare leg (or two – I love the singularisation of something that is generally referred to as a pair… “to finish off the outfit she wore a gold pump” “a wide legged trouser is flattering on most shapes”… always makes me smirk), but today the trusty opaque tights were unearthed (“an opaque tight is a vital addition to any autumn wardrobe”).
And yes – I am sure you are excited to spot that I am wielding an Obi-Wan light sabre umbrella:
Anyhow – what is there to say about putting together an Anna that has not already been said? I just pinked the shoulder seams, to eliminate excess bulk where the facings went in, but I frenched the skirt seams (which I managed to balls up quite comprehensively; for some reason if my fabric does not have an obvious right and wrong side I have a real problem working out which way to sew French seams … I even talked out loud to myself – as that always helps – but I still wound up sewing front to back incorrectly, so my side seams were on the outside of the dress and one of my army of quick-unpics had to be commandeered…)
It was my first time sewing with eyelet, so that was fun as the embroidery kept sending my needle off in every direction. I finished the hem with a bias binding, so I would only need to turn it once. I also managed to take in the back seam a bit too much by turning it first and then using the full seam allowance when I added my zipper. I’ve only lost about a cm of ease, but it is a cm I could do with at the moment, having recently eaten all the pies.
Initially my thought was to underline the eyelet and was thinking of using a bright colour, but then I decided that it would be better to make a brightly coloured slip or two, so then I can have whatever colour I fancy that day peeping through all those little holes. And that is the reason for the pink slip I mentioned yesterday.
This fabric does pick up really badly… I think I probably have cat hairs sewn into the seams… but I clearly need a stylist as well as a photographer, as the reluctant JB did not point out either the fluff or wrinkles as he snapped these pics.
So – another Anna finished. I have the fabric for many more, but think I might tackle something else before I make another one.
Things I have under consideration at the moment (and have all necessary supplies for):
Robson Trench - might be a bit ambitious, but I’m kind of itching to give it a go
Or a Rooibos in a rose print – this is a pattern I have made before, and have been planning to make again in a fabric I was given over two years ago… I am longing to be able to show the gift-giver that I have finally used it!
(I actually have about a squillion other things under consideration, but these three are currently topping my list)
What do you think I should go for?
(and the Deadly Flashing Blade? Ever since starting on this dress I have been unable to get the theme song to Blackadder out of my head…)