Friday, 16 March 2018

February: AnnaBell.....

2018 Make 2

Need: Pretty dress for work and play

I wanted something easy to wear, not too dressy and not too casual...alright there Goldilocks! I'm missing my Anna dresses, all well worn and long gone from my wardrobe. In fact this one was my favourite and I wore it to it's untimely death so definitely time to recreate such a well loved dress! I've also done a bit of work in the past on getting the bodice fit just right so I know I wont need any adjustments with this TNT bodice any more. Actually looking at those photos now I'm not sure why I didn't just use the Anna skirt pattern too? Oh well, on with the Belladone. Another well loved pattern, particularly the skirt part. I love the mini A line and pockets. The front pleats match up nicely with the bodice front darts too. These two together are a nice match. 
I self lined the bodice and used french seams for the skirt and waist so theres no pesky fraying sticking out anywhere, as nice as viscose is to use, it's down fall is the fray!

Fabric: 3m polka dot viscose

Out of everything thats missing from my wardrobe right now (and thats a lot) I miss my polka dots the most. Jenny DIY alerted me to this cracker of a viscose. I picked it up from Minerva and it's a really lovely weight and drape. Viscose is so great to work with and feels so nice to wear, I bought enough to make a top out of the left overs at some point this year too.

Notions: Lace detail exposed zip

I can't remember where I picked these up now but I've got a few colours in my stash, they're so pretty, although this one does get a little lost in the spots. I love how easy they are to insert and I was feeling a bit lazy towards slotting in a concealed zipper too.


Yep, pleased with this one. Although next time I make up an Anna I'm going to remind myself to stick with the orginal skirt pieces, perhaps with the pocket add ons, as the pockets on the Belladone actually feel a little high now I've been wearing it, although that doesn't stop them holding all my lip balm/phone/spare change junk. But YEY! to a spotty Anna being back in my wardrobe!


  1. This is fabulous! And two of my favourite patterns. Why have I not thought of mashing them!?

  2. This is great, makes me think I should make another one (and I wonder what other skirt I could add to it!)

    1. Thank you! I think the possibilities may be endless, lets find out :)