I don't know what it is about the By Hand London Maxi Anna and my Singer Featherweight, but they are a perfect match.
For this is what I made this dress with:
My first maxi Anna was made on this too. Well, I did do the invisible zip on my own machine.
There's nothing left to say about Anna that hasn't been said before, except I love this pattern and have two more dresses planned that will have Anna bodices. I'm going to pinch a little bit out of the front neckline, and shorten the bodice slightly though.
My fabric is three metres of cotton poplin from The Paragon on Donegall Pass in Belfast, and it was £4.88 per metre. I was able to make this with 3 metres because I took 11 or 12 inches (can't remember off the top of my head) off the length of the skirt as I'm quite small. I think it goes well with my Manu cardigan. I took these photos a few weeks' ago, before the good weather started, although it rained most of this week. I'm a bit behind in blogging my makes, I have one more to go, and I also got my hair cut after these photos were taken.
I had this fabric for a while, and couldn't decide what to make with it. Then I saw this gorgeous maxi Anna by Suzanna from Su Sews So So. Suzanna challenged me to make it with the split in the skirt, but that wasn't going to happen!
I'm also quite pleased how the red polka dot ribbon that I sewed on the hem perfectly matches the fabric.
I don't know what it is about maxi dresses, but I love them. Maybe it's the swishy-ness. Is that a word? It is now!
In other news, this week the lovely Roisin from Dolly Clackett sent me my winning fabric from Sew Dolly Clackett. It's 2.5 metres of African Wax Cotton. I love these wax cottons, the prints are fantastic, and this one is gorgeous. The background is blue, and the big circles are red, they look more pink in the photo. It's going to be another Belladone, and I'm not in the least bit sorry that it will be my fourth version. Also, it will have an exposed zip, because my eyes nearly fell out when I saw Tabatha from Thread Carefully's gorgeous Belladone.
And in other, other news, I just left my sewing machine in to be serviced this morning. I've had it for over two years, so I think it kind of needs it! If you think that's bad, I've had my car for over three years, and it hasn't been serviced either. In my defense, I don't do a lot of miles, but when the oil warning beeps at a person, it tends to panic them a bit. That happened to me on Monday, so it's getting serviced next week. That will teach me not to be so remiss about these things! Needless to say, I am more concerned about losing my sewing machine, but then I do have the Featherweight and my Granny's 1970s Elna as a backup.
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Have a great week,