03 September 2015

Don't rain on my Anna Parade

I am hooked on Anna. She's quick, she's flattering, she's casual, she displays fabrics well. She's everything I want from a pattern. By hand London produced pattern gold with this pattern. And I hit the pattern jackpot when I decided to re-visit here this year.

It wasn't love at first site for Anna and I. She liked a little boring (shhh pretty baby first impressions hurt I know I know...) but after a barrage of Anna's hit the blogosphere my opinion slowly started to shift and I gave in (as I easily do when buying patterns). 

She arrived and I squealed with joy and did a little dance; what a pretty little packaged pattern you are sent all the way from London UK into my loving arms! 

I unfolded the tissue with care and traced off my size at the time (16/20). And I started to make her using some orange-hued cotton poplin I had. Easy fabric - should work out right? oh so wrong...

Why are you so cruel dear Anna? This first attempt was all sorts of wrong....the shoulder-bust height was almost double, the width was tight, the facings just WOULDNT stay down and my not-so-invisible zipper drove me bonkers. I threw that hideous Anna into the corner in a fit of beginner seamstress rage and proclaimed a hated for her and shunned her pretty packaged self into the "bad pattern" pile. 

It took me over a year and a half to pick it up again and reconsider. I'd shrunk as a Human down into the size (8/10) category and felt maybe my new size and my more advanced sewing knowledge would help with the fit. And to my extreme pleasure it has! 

And without further ado I give you my Anna Parade:

The Yargggg Sailer Girl

The Antelopes-a-Prancing


The Hipster Anne of Green Gables

And don't you worry....this parade may never end..... 

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01 September 2015

New Look 6067 - Black Magic Rabbit

Winner winner Chicken dinner folks. 

Extremely difficult to see the pattern style lines but the bodice has 3 beautiful bust pleats protruding from centre front. 

And of course the BEST part of this dress - MAGICAL RABBITS!!! Those are not simple white dots my friends. Nope nope nope. They are magical rabbits come to make my day with each and every wear!
Fully lined sleeves sewed as one with the lining for a beautiful clean edge - lining is a plain black stretch cotton poplin.

Pattern: New Look 6069
Size: 12
Fabric: Cotton Poplin with Rabbits (Fabric.com)
A-lined the skirt
Fully lined the entire dress
Eliminated the neck split

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