I love indie patterns - and I've recently discovered By Hand London and in turn the Anna dress, which is so simple yet truly flattering, it would seem, for just about any body shape.
So, I bought a pattern from Sew Squirrel (stockists in Australia) and have joined the sew-a-long that BHL are currently hosting via their blog. I have spent a good part of today doing an FBA (full bust alteration) on the pattern, as there's quite a lot to fit into that beautiful kimono style bodice! In my next Anna post I'll share details of what I did myself plus a couple of links to other FBA tutorials that I found helpful - I read in detail then ignored them and did my own thing basically! Ha, ha - but the tutes certainly did help in all honesty. They also made me realize how different we all are in build, and that no one way is the right way.
|If you look closely you can see marks I've made and pleats I've moved slightly ... now's the time to do that!|
Lesson number two - do not cut into your original pattern! Make one, if not two copies on tracing paper and cut those up instead. I made the mistake on a different dress and found myself having to stick the original back together like a jigsaw, I was just thankful I'd saved all the pieces I'd cut out! Not a relaxing way to sew that's for sure.
Here's one of the fabrics I want to use - thrilled to say it was found in an op shop, the correct length for the amazing price of $2 - result!!!
I promise to give continued updates on this lovely make - it's rude not to share such a delightful pattern. In the meantime, follow the links above and see what all the fuss is about :)