I've just managed to squeeze this in and get it blogged before January is gone....already?!
The fabric is a lovely drapey viscose from Regency Rags, (who also have an ebay shop and I'm now a little bit obsessed and spend most days trying to now press the buy it now button) This lovely spotty stuff is only £2.99 a meter, bargain!
I went for making myself a new By Hand London Anna. I haven't made up a new one since I made some alterations to the bodice piece last year and took out a good 2 inches form the neckline as I found it gapped too much in my first version, although I still wear it I knew it was something I wanted to have a go at altering. I used these tips by Sew me love and it's come out perfect. I adjusted both the straight and v neck versions in the same way...
It now fits so much better...
The big change to this Anna was the addition of side pockets, which I love. It was just the day before I started to cut this out that BHL put up a pattern hack tutorial on their blog, perfect timing!
It's really simple and you should give it a go! I added some bias binding to the pocket opening just to make it a bit stronger. The fabric is soft and feels like it could get easily misshapen so I thought I'd give it a bit of strength in that area just in case it started to bag.
I can see me adding these to any new Anna's in the future, what with pockets in dresses being the holy grail and all....I really love the skirt shape too.
I took about 5 inches off the skirt length as that midi just does nothing for me. Other than that construction was straight forward and I self lined the bodice to give it a bit more erm body (?) I think I've decided against using facings on all of my dresses now, I hate how it means you have to iron everything after you've washed it as they inevitably get a bit scrunched and end up sticking out (I don't iron anything if I can get away with it) using a lining gives such a cleaner finish and I don't feel that it takes that much longer to sew either.
Now I've adjusted the neck I'm loving the Anna again, next I'm going to give the v neck a go.
Now I'm off to see all of the other polka dot january posts, did you join in?