Today’s dress is a bit special to me for a number of reasons. Firstly I made it to wear to the wedding of a my good friend, Katie and it was lovely to have a special dress to celebrate her special day in. Secondly, I made it in some great fabric I bought in Japan last year. I have no idea what I was planning to made with this when I bought it, as I purchased 5m which is more than I would usually buy without a plan, however, kudos past Alexa for making good choices!
The dress is of course the Anna dress, isn’t it funny how when you make up a pattern that you love you instantly want to make it again. I haven’t made an Anna dress in a couple of years and now have made 2 versions in the space of a few weeks! The first version of the Anna that I ever made was the maxi version and I loved floating around in that dress so much, sadly it completely disintegrated as it was made from a viscose that frayed like crazy and I made it before I had an overlocker. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to make another to replace it.
Apart from the back alteration that I’ve talked about in other versions, I made the pattern up straight from the pack. I always find it hard to believe when a dress pattern says it needs something like the 4.5m required for this dress, particularly as I’m usually quite economical with my cutting. However, a maxi dress with gored skirt really does! I only have some scraps left over from my 5m!
The fabric is a cotton of medium weight and so was a total dream to work with and there'll be no fraying issues with this baby! I feel that this is a good use of my Japanese stash and I think I'll get a lot of wear out of this once we return to my preferred summer season!
The pictures are courtesy of my friend Dominika who is obsessed with photos and getting the perfect photo. When she makes me take her photo 10 times or makes me pose for mine forever, I whinge a lot but then she get such good results that I really shouldn’t be such a brat about it.
The dress was a bit of a last minute scramble as I had a few other things to do for the wedding such as make the veil! This was a really fun project and it was lovely to feel that I was doing something important for their big day. It involved a lot more hand sewing than I would usually sign up for and I forgot to get a picture!
What a lovely couple! I'm definitely glad that I got to be part of their special day and had something to wear that felt appropriately special.