Todays post is a slight departure from normal. However I’ve got some very exciting news to share! If you already follow me on Instagram, you will well be aware of the upcoming party, but for those who are not, I’d like to share this with you today.
I’ve spoken previously about the wonderful friendships I have made over the past year, in particular my dearest Elle and Ute. My friendship with these amazing women has not only resulted in late night/early morning conversations, sewing support and the general joys that come with friendships. It has also meant that two very special dresses (here and here) have come to be, and that more than usual they are original and steeped in friendship loveliness. I can not wear them without being cheerfully reminded of how they came to be and who they they have intricate ties to.
So. The three of us wanted to celebrate our friendship, and as it just so happens, Ms Elle is celebrating a birthday shortly. But how were we to celebrate across continents and timezones, and have dresses and tea and festivities? After much discussion, emailing and some wizard planning on Elle’s part, we decided upon the International Anna Party. To celebrate Elle’s birthday and the beautiful sewing community that I am so blessed to be a part of, you are formally invited to join us for the #internationalannaparty
The festivities are being held on Instagram, so if you don’t have an account yet but have been thinking of joining, now might be the time! I’ve only seen kindness and fabulous sewing in this little corner of the internet. Plus, there are gifts to be given as part of our celebrations.
Pop over to Elle’s blog firstname.lastname@example.org for some of the finest terms and conditions you will ever have the pleasure of reading.
If you’ve been thinking of making your own Anna, now is the time. In the spirit of full disclosure, I have made 16 Anna dresses (14 reside and have conversations with each other in my wardrobe, two have made the long journey to Berlin) and on a cost per use basis of the pattern, I think I’m coming up trumps!I can’t deny that there may be more Anna’s in my future, queue concern, however as I have not yet required an intervention thus far, I think I’m ok. Although I do need to invest in some new hangers…
Here is a little Anna inspiration for you, if your wondering how you can work the pattern.
Look forward to seeing you all at the party.
Beautiful dresses! All of them. I am not making an Anna dress but I will be a wallflower on IG enjoying the party😃
You can still join in the frivolities, Hila! All are welcome. xxx
I need another go at the Anna dress 😦 I made one and it looks so frumpy on me – how did I get it so wrong?!
Oh no! Don’t give up just yet. Once you get the fit right, it is fabulous. x
Have you/anyone got any tips?
Depends on where you are having the fit issues!
Pretty much all over! It’s super wide at the top so I look like an NFL player, plus the back gapes. Also I think the skirt is the wrong shape for me as it’s just Frump Central 😢
What a smashing set of Anna dresses you have. I will be watching from the sidelines too, not sure the Anna is right for me. But it sure is a pretty pattern.
You can still join in the party! And I do have a rather biased view of this dress. I’ve never had anything fit so darn well!
What a lovely post and invitation! Thank you, Pips! I hope my Anna can hold up to all the Anna gorgeousness you have created ;)! Looking forward to our party across all seas and skies! Xx Ute
Ute, your Anna is very inspiring! I can’t wait to see the final outfit. I’m in love with stripes this week, with a little floral thrown in for good measure 😉
Just truly gorgeous, this dress on you. You are so inspiring! Can’t wait to see everyone’s creations; I’ll be following on Instagram for sure! And what a lovely idea you three came up with!
Thanks Katy, only two weeks away now! Looking forward to the party. xx
HO.LY.COW!!!! and i thought i’d made a lot of annas! these are so inspiring!
Thanks Oonna. Best. Pattern. Ever! I’m going to retire this pattern for at least a couple of weeks now, until the fabric starts whispering to me again. Thanks for joining the party! Pips xxx
Thanks for sharing your many Annas! I bet you hold the record for the most Anna makes! I haven’t made the slash neck version yet but I see one in the near future. And thanks very much for the lovely idea to hold an IG party for this dress!
I’ve yet to hear of anyone else breaking past #17! Thank you so much for joining in our party. A soiree we shall never forget! xxx