"" The girl who makes things: September 2013

Monday, 16 September 2013

First Anna Dress - c'est fini!

It's been a good weekend, as far as weekends go. Firstly, I went home to the Yorkshire Dales to visit my parents and help them pick pick fruit from the apple and plum trees (if there's one thing I love about Autumn, it's the abundance of seasonal food) and then I made my lovely new Anna Dress. Don't I sound like I'm straight out of an Enid Blyton novel? I really don't mean to sound so twee!

Anyway, the Anna Dress was a dream to make I'm pretty pleased with the results. I love this fabric, as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it. And at only £4 per meter it was a bargain to boot.

Fitting wasn't too difficult either. I'm slightly pear shaped so when I cut out the pieces I made the top half a size smaller than the bottom half, a small adjustment that made a real difference to the fit.

I'm a bit lazy, so instead of finishing the seam allowances with zig-zag stitch or a french seam, I just used pinking shears. Well, hey, I'm the only one who's going to see it from the inside.

It's been wonderful to see all the different variations of this dress and I'm so pleased to have finally made my contribution.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Getting started on the Anna Dress

Coming back from holiday was hard. Really, really hard. I don't want to brag, but we had a beautiful villa in the south of France and enjoyed 30c temperatures and constant sunshine. Landing in Leeds Bradford airport last Sunday to cold, grey skies and nothing to look forward but a full week at work made the holiday come down heavy.

There was one thing that sweetened my homecoming though - my Anna Dress pattern had arrived! I've spent all week thinking about the kind of fabric I want to use. Winter is coming (so they say in Game of Thrones) and so I think a good wool crepe might make for a nice snuggly Anna. But then again, it's not quite cold yet and a light cotton would still be comfortable enough to wear. In the end, I went for both.

Curtesy of the lovely B&M fabric stall in Kirkgate Market I bought a gorgeous black and white retro print cotton and a grey and purple tartan wool crepe. I've decided to start with the cotton and see how I go. I'm cutting out the pieces tonight. Next time I post I'll have my first Anna Dress made!