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By Hand London: Anna Dress (Anna Dress) thumbsup - Type:Dresses    printable version
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Reviewed by:guineveresmom
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Posted on:10/19/13 11:05 PM
Project Photo:By Hand London: Anna Dress by guineveresmom

By Hand London: Anna Dress by guineveresmom  By Hand London: Anna Dress by guineveresmom  
Pattern Photo:By Hand London Anna Dress
By Hand London Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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Available for sale on PR: $23.39 (See envelope) Click to Buy
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Fabric:Rayon Challis  [See other projects in this fabric]
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Pattern Description:
An effortless Summer dress featuring double pleats at the bust, kimono sleeves and a paneled a-line skirt. Variations include both slash and v-neck options, plus midi and maxi skirt possibilities and a dramatic thigh high split. Super quick and simple to make, cut it short for the perfect festival dress, or make it worthy of the red carpet with a maxi skirt and thigh high split.
Pattern Sizing:
2-16 or 6-20 depending on if one is looking at the US sizing or the UK sizing...and if that one is me, there will be an eternal mixup in one's head as to whether one is using US or UK sizes.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Quite easy. They have a conversational writing style. Most of the instructions are more like reading a blog tutorial than a technical instruction paper. For someone who is looking for more detailed instructions or tips, By Hand London also recently did a sewalong on their blog
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The sizing seems to fit me nicely without needing to fuss with a bunch of alterations. It's an easy-to-wear design, so comfortable and breezy.
Fabric Used:
Rayon Challis for my long version. Some kind of cotton/cotton blend out of my stash for my initial shorter version.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I was trying to grade between sizes to make the shoulders/bust smaller than the waist/hips, but I've been losing weight, so ended up taking out everything I'd added through the waist. The skirt for this pattern is also drafted for someone much taller than I am, so I cut it about 6 or 8 inches shorter than the pattern pieces at the hemline (I'm 5' 3").
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I highly recommend this pattern. I will definitely be sewing this again and probably again.
This is my current most favorite pattern in the whole world.

My first (knee length) version is blogged here

My second (maxi-dress) version is blogged here
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margy.64 said...
Another gorgeous Anna. This print looks great on your long version. Can't wait to try this pattern too. Just trying to find the right fabric.
10/20/13 1:39 AM
Rebecca D said...
I think both of this are just great. Love the fruit print.
10/20/13 9:22 AM
becca a said...
I especially like your long swishy rayon version. So pretty.
10/20/13 9:54 AM
Dee2 said...
Both dresses are really pretty & the fit is great!
10/20/13 8:19 PM
Patti B said...
No wonder you love this pattern -- it loves you too. Very flattering fit.
4/2/14 8:18 AM
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