Before I got the delivery I had in my mind that I wanted to try the Elizalex dress first, however on a complete whim I picked the Anna pattern out of the box and traced it all out.
Lets talk about the fabric. I picked up this 3 m length of lightweight cotton from a recent trip to Ikea for the pricely sum of £10. The pink parts of the pattern were white before the prewash however a red top somehow made it into the same wash cycle...
|Strange sporran esque print!|
Due to my measurements I sit just above the finished sizes for a UK 14/ US 10 -so because this is the size I cut for my Kim muslin (and intended on using 1/2 inch seams however managed to use the full 5/8 seam) this is the size that I cut here too. I notionally glanced through the sewalong for the dress and spied that there was a lined version of the dress. I'm not hugely keen on facings so opted for the V-necked lined version of the dress.
|The pin showing where the zip lies.|
In a bold move, I inserted the zip without really checking if i would require to take the neckline in, however as it is an alteration I make on every garment I brass necked it and took the back neck in by 1.5 inches on either side and the results were perfect!
|If you can get past the print the fit is really great|
Print hell this was! The placement and just the overall pattern of the fabric looked plain bad.
|No gapey nackline :-D|
I realised that because it was a big print with multiple colours that the dye may not take well so tried bleaching it. After two rounds of bleaching the colour of the dress was no different apart from a few faded patches and I had read that bleaching destroys the fibres of the fabric :-(.
However 2 dyes later I have a wearable dress! I finished a little early today so I tried to get some photos in what was left of the light...
|I only realised that this has been ongoing for so long when I saw the photos and had had an interim haircut...|
|An outtake - I think someone came in the close at this point!|
Has anyone else made up the Anna with the lining? I really prefer linings over facings I think the finish is so much neater.
Have a good week folks :-)