I haven’t made an Anna dress for a while. The By Hand London pattern is one I’ve made once before but when I stumbled upon Elisalex’s pattern hack to add longer sleeves, I knew I had to give this version a go.
I think the reason I haven’t made many different variations of this pattern is that I’m not sure I like it all that much. It’s a very flattering silhouette, but the capped sleeve look just doesn’t suit me and I wasn’t all that keen on the V neck option so gave that one a miss from the start. But it does look lovely on others – The New Craft House’s Rosie for a start!
This longer sleeved pattern hack, however, has certainly changed my mind. It’s more flattering and I love the batwing sleeve effect. Plus, it’s perfect for wearing in the colder weather.
The fabric is one I picked up from Minerva Crafts a little while ago and one I was looking for for a while. Usually I’ll pick out a fabric and then decide on a pattern to go with it, or else I’ll have a rough idea of which fabric I think will work with which pattern. So it was weird coming to this one without an idea of what fabric I should use. All I know is that I wanted the dress to be in a plain and drapey fabric and work appropriate. As lovely as the mustard colour is on Elisalex, it’s not a colour that I’d pick and so I mulled over a raspberry, forest green and even a periwinkle blue fabric before finally settling on this dark purple/navy fabric.
The pattern simply called for an extension of the sleeves and voila!
What can I say? I love this dress! It has a really nice drape to it and it feels like a dream to wear. After fiddling about with the fit a little, I’m happy to say I got there and am very pleased with how this dress turned out.