It's Dressember, how exciting! My Christmas tree is up, my advent calendar is out and the shops are selling Christmas biscuits, bliss. I have all my Christmas presents under control too which is very unlike me. Everything that needs buying is bought and I now have the next twenty three days to make the rest of the pressies which is totally doable and going to be so much fun.
Yesterday I finally completed my first By Hand London Anna dress which I have christened The Lucky Dress (how lovely is the four leaf clover fabric?!)....
Dolly Clackett's many iterations...I have the biggest girl crush on her). The pattern is very easy to put together and the By Hand girls have a great step by step sewalong to help with any little issues that may arise.
Kittenish Behaviour skirt pattern to get the look I wanted.
I decided to add a waist band as I knew the bodice pleats and skirt seams wouldn't match up, this also helped my with prettying up the insides. When I make my next Anna/KB hybrid I'll only lengthen the bodice by half an inch I think because with the waistband it's just a little too long (but I'll be damned if I'm unpicking it all again!).
I had originally lined the whole dress but I didn't have enough lining for the second version of the skirt so I french seamed all the skirt seams instead. I finished the hem with some fairly stiff bias binding which I blind hemmed by hand (this is when I curse my love of floaty circle skirts.....profusely) and voilà my first Anna frankendress!
I love it and will definitely be making some more in this style, I think I'll also try grading between the hip measurements and see if that helps me like the originally Anna skirt on me (I really want a maxi version of the Anna and I think the KB skirt in maxi form would be WAY too much!). So, what do you think?