It has taken me a really long time to make up this dress. I think I had all the fabrics and the pattern through before Christmas and only made it last week. Once again, the lovely Lisa at White Tree Fabrics let me choose which pattern I wanted to make and supplied me with the main fabric and the beautiful lace for the yoke.
Remember this post, where I said I was lusting after backless dresses? For a while there, in the hot weather, backless or cut out dresses were all I could think of and I knew I’d have to at least try making one this summer.
So make one I did. In collaboration with White Tree Fabrics, who supplied me with the fabrics, dress pattern and notions, I chose to make the Vogue V1102, a lovely sleeveless dress with a circle skirt and a bow closure on the back.
I chose this fabric as I really liked the print and thought the colour would work well with the pattern. I’ve also seen the girls from By Hand London use it in a blog post so that’s always an endorsement.
Although I’ve been a fan of By Hand London patterns for a few years now, I’ve never sewn up an Anna dress. That changed this past week, when I finally got round to sewing up the fabric and pattern that White Tree Fabrics sent to me before Christmas.
I find the Anna dress a really wearable pattern and it’s quick to sew up too (perfect for beginners), so I’m surprised I haven’t made it before. I love the A line skirt and I love the length so I know I’ll wear this one again and again.
I’m not too keen on the sleeves and neckline, which is what I think put me off to begin with. It’s not that I don’t like them. I do, it’s just that I don’t really wear cap sleeves and this kind of dress isn’t my go-to dress of choice. But I have really enjoyed making it and I imagine this will be one I choose to wear when I’m looking to wear something different. It’ll also be good for work.
I used the Tilda Olivia fabric in red as I have a shortage of red dresses and wanted to go a little out of my comfort zone. I’ve used Tilda fabrics before and they’re so nice to work with.
Much like the other patterns I’ve used lately, I really like the fit of this dress. By Hand London patterns generally make great dresses and the Anna, one of their earliest patterns, is equally as lovely as their other makes.
I will certainly be making another Anna. I just need to work out which fabric to use next.
Pattern and fabric kindly gifted to me from White Tree Fabrics
I’m pretty sure I haven’t mentioned this yet but I’ve teamed up with the lovely people at White Tree Fabrics to become one of their bloggers. This is so exciting for me as it gives me a reason to sew and blog lots of dress patterns, on a semi regular basis.
I finished the above dress the weekend before last which also happened to be my birthday weekend, so I’ve aptly named it the birthday dress. I already love it so, so much and will definitely be using the pattern again. Next time, though, I think I’ll make it slightly shorter and size down a bit as it’s slightly too big. I might also lengthen the straps a bit and bring down the neckline.
White Tree Fabrics kindly supplied me with the fabric, pattern and notions of my choice and I sat down and made it. I chose the Vogue 8723 pattern because I liked the high neckline and thick straps and I don’t have anything like this in my wardrobe already. Although I loved the pattern (it reminds me a bit of the By Hand London Flora dress), gathering the skirt was probably the worst part. I’m a pleats kind of girl, so I suppose that gathering will always seem more fiddly. I also had to put in an extra panel in the sides of the dress as the fabric wasn’t wide enough but it turned out fine in the end.
I chose the Tilda Martine fabric as it just appealed to me. I have such a love for florals and the fabric is so lovely that these photos don’t really do it justice.
I’m looking forward to trying out some more patterns in the future. In the meantime, why not check out what other bloggers have made, here.