I am still in love with the Anna dress. I wanted to make a pretty Spring version to welcome the coming season. I love the color of the fabric that I used and the delicateness of the dress. I feel like a pretty prairie girl when I wear it. The fabric I used is a nice voile from Amy Butler’s Cameo Collection and is called Forget Me Not. I bought the fabric during Black Friday sales from Hawthorne Threads, they don’t have any of the fabric left, but they have the color way in a quilting cotton. I absolutely loved working with this fabric. It is opaque for a voile, but is still buttery soft. It pressed like a dream. Oh cotton, so much better than the Tencel I used to make my last dress. Destroyed by the iron and washing, my fault, and I was so embarrassed I couldn’t even show you, my dear readers. Oh, the shame. Okay moving on…
Posing in the lush forest that is my backyard.
Here I am quinting in the sun by the apple orchard. No blossoms yet, guess it’s not quite spring.
I still made no alterations to the pattern beyond my original addition of a little extra fabric at the shoulders. I still think that it may need a small FBA, but you know what? I think it looks nice, and I am a little lazy, I mean I’ll sew the dress,but an FBA too? Nah. I finished all the seams on my overlocker with grey thread. I really like the way the grey looks sliver next to the blue. I am quite please with the inside of this dress. I lined the skirt with Bemberg fabric as the skirt was a bit see-through when the sun was shining. I used the Hazel skirt as a pattern. It was out and easy as that is what I am making next (it is waiting patiently all cut and ready to go). Instead of gathering the skirt I kind of pleated it to make it match the Anna pattern. I think that I should have started with a little less fabric, but it worked out fine. The sleeves are finished by hand and the hem is simply serged and folded it up once. I am not sure whether or not I will like this technique in the long run, but I wanted a nice light hem to match the fabric.
I am still trying to master the invisible zipper. I feel like I did a bit better this time, but it is still a little puckery. I also ended up with a tuck at the bottom, but it was much smaller and I was able to fix it. This time when I sewed in the zip I reviewed Sunni Standing’s Craftsy video. I reinforced the seam with a little bit of interfacing and, unlike in the video, I used a bit of wonder tape to stick the zipper in place. It works great and besides the puckering is quite invisible.
My first “guts” photos…
I was quite proud of my neckline because I thought it looked quite pretty and professional. I used advice from the Craftsy class 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know for understitching and grading seam allowances. I have used these techniques before, but I enjoyed the fresh perspective and the gentle hand holding. I’m not good enough to say I don’t appreciate a little help. I also added little stitches to pin the facing down at the shoulders and a few places along the bodice. I think they came out quite invisible. Can you see them?
The necklace that I chose for this photo shoot is quite special to me. The flower pendant was part of a costume jewelry necklace I bought in the metro on my first trip to Paris when I was 18. The rest of the necklace got old and broke, but the centerpiece managed to stick around. A couple years ago I repurposed the necklace by twisting strands of beads and Swarovski Crystals together to create a strand for the pendant. I love this necklace and its power as a statement piece. I think it looks great with this dress.
Swinging on the swing in the backyard. We never really use it because it is very low to the ground. I was worried that the ropes might break after seven years of weather, but luckily they held up.
I made this dress to wear to Jazzfest at the end of April. It came out just the way I wanted it to and I am really looking forward to wearing it while listening to some amazing music and eating killer food.