I recently finished another Anna dress, by By Hand London. This time I used the V neckline variation and made the skirt longer, i.e. did not shorten the pattern for the midi skirt, which is supposed to fall above knee; as I am 154 cm (a little over 5 feet) tall, it hits me at mid calf. Wearing my Olivia dress for Me Made May last Saturday reminded me how much I like that length in a dress – and I hemmed the Anna dress the next day.
This dress ended up not costing much at all to make. I found the fabric in my local fabric shop (Toto pour les Françaises !), which doesn’t often have many exciting fabrics, but did the last time I visited. This red cotton printed with a white floral pattern was 5 euro/metre and I only needed 1,5 metre. This time as well I made alterations based on the initial fit of my first Anna. I also constructed it in the same way as the first (i.e., with a slightly different construction order than the instructions call for). I am pleased with the fit, and still in love with the bodice details.
Here is a close-up of the bodice so you can see the detail of the fabric better – though I took this after wearing the dress so it is a bit wrinkled:
I will definitely be making more Annas in my future – possibly one with a fuller, gathered skirt next time.