It’s another day. Just like any other. No resolutions, no commitments, no word for the year. It is me and only me. And that is gift enough to continue along my journey.
My preference is to continue how I am. Evolving in my own time and breathing. I don’t think one can ask for more than that.
Apart from the safe return of kitty, which of course needed to be asked and finally happened! The distress of a lost kitty over the holiday period was horrendous. Panda Wine, my indoors princess, has demonstrated that she does have the street smarts after an escapade saw her living on the streets for 8 days (including a 40 degree day!). She reappeared at the back of the house, a little lighter and somewhat exhausted, but incredibly happy to be home. Sweet relief. My grey shadow and sewing companion has returned, so I may continue.
Which leads us to this dress. Oh this dress. It has been floating in the ether for some time and I finally committed to redrafting the bodice of my favourite Anna to bring it into 2016.
I retraced the Anna bodice, and then laid the Elisalex over the top (making sure to overlap seam allowances on the princess seams) and redrafted the arm scye front and back and redrafted the back neckline.
The Flora skirt needs a 1.5cm adjustment to allow for side seam of Annalex bodice to match. + 1.5cm on side seam of front skirt and -1.5cm on side seam of back skirt. Other than that it eased well onto the bodice.
My love of the Anna dress is well noted and those under bust darts do wonders for the girl with small beewbs. The redrafting gives it potential for another 17 dresses, with variations on skirts to fill another half of my wardrobe. This version uses the Flora skirt. By Hand London you are the gift that keeps on giving. Thank you M’ladies!
This dress also has the seal of approval from Bruce. And I quote: “You should really blog this one.” Welcome to the #manattractor .
Photos by Bruce. Vintage jewellery purchased from JeanJeanVintage on Etsy. Fabric given by Winding Bobbin. Tights from Wolford. Shoes from Camper. Parasol from Gallery Serpentine.
This is really a beautiful dress.
Thank you! x
It’s really beautiful Pips. I can’t get my brain to envisage the changes you made, but that might be because poor brain is tired… Looks so fab on you xx
I’m not entirely sure how I did it either. I really just placed one bodice over the other and then drew some lines. Beginners luck perhaps? Thank you. Pips xxx
This is lovely! The Anna bodice looks beautiful on everyone so I’m determined to fiddle about with mine until it looks this good on me too!
It’s worth the effort! Although I was lucky enough that it fit me straight off the pattern. The best bodice I have ever/will ever use. xx
Gorgeous dress, I’m not surprised it’s a manattractor! Especially love the back neckline. x
Thank you Charlotte. It really did get the ok from the man. Most unusual!
The dress is lovely and there are some beautiful shots in this post – pleased Kitty came back too.
Thank you Clarinda. And when Panda Wine returned! I just couldn’t even….
Beautiful dress and you pose so naturally.
Thank you. You should see some of the outtakes though! Hilarious. xxx
Beautiful. I want to remake flora, but you have me thinking I should try the crossover bodice version, or maybe another bodice altogether…..and I can’t decide if I’ll go straight or mullet hem, but if I go mullet, I’m totally stealing that lace hemming feature ;o)
You have to steal the lace idea! Even if you don’t go the mullet, it looks so pretty when you twirl and it peaks out. I love my flora skirt. xxx
Beautiful, these patterns work so well together, the resulting dress is so special. Great work.
I’m falling for combined patterns. The choices then become limitless! x
Such a pretty dress 🙂
Thank you Carolyn! x
That is certainly a beautiful dress! I love the lace hem, especially in the mullet skirt.
It’s all in the little details sometimes x
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