Tuesday, 5 November 2013

By Hand London Anna dress

Last Saturday I booked in for an Anna dress kick starter class by By Hand London at Anthropologie. If you haven't heard, Anthropologie have started stocking By Hand London patterns, which is an incredibly exciting step towards sewing becoming far more mainstream. 

The class was to introduce us to the pattern and aimed for each of us to create the bodice of the dress, which we.could then finish at home. The price included the fabric, thread and zipper as well as the pattern and a tote bag, which was so reasonable!!

While I'd made a few garments before, I found the class so helpful in teaching all the little things that no one ever mentions, like always cutting out your fabric to the left of the pattern to prevent distortion. It was also nice to have some reassurance that I was doing things right! I found that it really increased my confidence and my dress came together without any real problems.  

During the morning we cut out our patterns and the fabric and made all of the pattern markings. This was the first time I'd ever felt confident in cutting, which is usually where all of my problems begin. 

We then went for lunch together and it was really lovely to get the chance to speak to other sewers and eat a seriously delicious steak sandwich!

After lunch we made up our bodices and some seriously speedy girls managed to almost finish their dresses! 

I managed to finish my bodice and spent the rest of the weekend finishing up my dress, instead of the other important things I was supposed to be doing like chores and showering!

I still don't have an invisible zipper foot, but I don't think my zipper insertion was too bad. I've got one on order now, but I couldn't wait for it to arrive! Hopefully that will be the last time I ever have to insert an invisible zipper using a normal zipper foot!

I LOVE my finished dress. I wasn't too sure about the style, particularly the bust pleats, but as soon as I tried it on I loved it. It's so flattering and I haven't wanted to take it off since I finished it! It's definitely my favourite make so far and I know I'll be making another!


  1. Good job :) I think you've done really well :)

  2. This is gorgeous. I have an Anna dress on my list of things to make for the summer and It's been so lovely seeing all the other Anna's pop up on the internet. Great job!