It's no secret that I love the By Hand London Anna dress, I've made six now. I've been wanting to make a maxi version for ages but after trying out the Anna skirt and not loving it on me I was a bit unsure how I'd like the maxi version. I've recently discovered Swedish Tracing paper (many thank to Tilly and the Buttons) so I used this to trace the pattern again but I graded it out from the size 8 to the size 16 at the hips. Once I'd cut it out I then pinned the pattern pieces together to see how the skirt looked and I loved it.
I'd been hunting for some blue and yellow rose print fabric for ages and for some reason Google threw this.....
Shan's Fabrics knowing that it would make the perfect maxi Anna. Here she is....
Apocalypse Nowish dress (I was watching season four of Angel while I was making this, Lorne is my favourite). This is almost totally a By Hand London Anna the only KB addition I made was adding a waistband , I just like how it looks (plus no worries about all the seams matching up!). I went with the one thigh high spilt at the level suggested on the pattern which I think is a little high but if you've got it flaunt it! (Considering how much I hate my legs I do make a lot of dresses that show them off, not sure what that says about me?)
Coletterie and attaching the lining to the zip by machine which I got from Sewaholic. I was going to attempt to hem this with a blind stitch but chickened out and did it by hand in the end! All the skirt pieces were finished with a french seams except for the back and the thigh high split, for those I used this lovely yellow bias binding that I got for Tatty's PJ's. I like that there's a little flash of yellow every now and then when I walk. Considering how unsure I was about this skirt type I'm totally in love with it now and I can imagine lots more in my future. Mmmmmmm a whole wardrobe of Anna's!
I did try to talk some proper outfit pictures as I wore this dress at the first available opportunity.....this months book club meeting but I discovered that my camera and phone are no longer friends! For some reason I couldn't get the connection established which lets me use my phone as a remote which is how I've been taking pictures up until now. I didn't have time to faff about with timers so I decided to take these pictures instead.
I'd also like to announce that Wendy from The Vintage Pattern Files is the winner of the Pattern Pyramid. Congratulations! Drop me a message with your address and I'll get the patterns sent off to you.