I'd like to think I'd kind of fit in in the painting. I'm that lady up by the water with the fierce orange hat on. I'll apologize in advance, this is kind of a picture-heavy post. It was pretty outside!
Anyhow, I finally made an Anna dress! I've been fiddling around with this pattern since it came out. This is actually my third version of it, although this is the first wearable one. I still need to make a few tweaks to the fit of the bodice, but for now I'm totally happy enough with the way this fits to wear it.
And, wear it I have! It was totally worth all of my fitting woes because I wear it all the time. It's the perfect throw-on dress for work. It's cute, comfy, and breathable in the summer. The little kimono sleeves make it perfect for layering with cardigans, too.
As you can see, I did make some changes to the pattern. I eliminated the neckline facing, and finished with bias tape instead. The most noticeable one is that I swapped out the skirt for a simple gathered skirt. I wanted to showcase the pretty border print, so I thought a gathered skirt would be the best way to do that.
In terms of fitting, I found that the bodice ran large on me. As is, I still have some ease in all places including the waist. I made a size 4 which should have a 25.5 inch waist. Mine is currently sitting around a 28. I graded into a size 2 at the shoulders, and it fit is just okay. I think I'm going to make some more adjustments in the shoulders/upper back for the next one, as there's still a lot of gaping. I made a 1/2in swayback adjustment, but I think I also need to shorten the bodice a bit.
If you look closely, you can see that I didn't even bother hemming the skirt. I had to make the dress on the cross-grain to get the print to sit the way I wanted it to, so the selvedge is at the bottom. Its one of those that looks just like the rest of the fabric without holes or fringe, so I just left it as-is. I think it looks fine. Plus, hemming it would have meant loosing a row of flowers at the bottom!
I moved to a new apartment over the weekend, and took these photos in Lincoln Park, which is only 2 blocks from my new place. I'm so glad to have somewhere nearby that's perfect for pictures. Also, the zoo is steps away! I'm hoping that this gives me that extra little push to finally get back into blogging regularly again!
That's all I really have to say about this one! I'll leave you with some more photos (because when hats are involved there are lots).
Pattern: Anna from By Hand London
Size: 4, graded to a 2 at the shoulders
Fabric: Awesome purple border print cotton from the Needle Shop
Adjustments: listed above
Oh, and lest you think I always look all ladylike in a garden, here's a parting shot for you.