Meet Anna

by Nadine on March 6, 2014

Heeeeerrrrre’s Anna!


Pattern: Anna Dress by By Hand London
Fabric: Cheap cotton ($6.50 a yard!) from King Textiles
Size: Cut a straight 8/12. ‘Cause I don’t do alterations — yet.
Invisible Zipper Failure: Three times. I have no skills.

Isn’t she lovely?

I challenged* myself to make my bridesmaid dress for my brother’s upcoming wedding. Why? Because I’m a glutton for punishment and am motivated by fear, apparently.

So before I started playing around with fancier/trickier fabrics — or attempted anything ridiculous like lining a dress — I figured I should make a muslin.

(A muslin is essentially a mock-up or trial run of the garment, traditionally done in a natural cotton fabric, to ensure the pattern suits your body — and to let you make any huge adjustments pre-cutting the real thing. I just used cute cheap cotton.)

Fortunately, my muslin is very wearable in real life. Very.

Here’s how I’ll probably wear it in the real world:

Spring (please come):

In the cold:

Now I just have to decide if I’m going to bite the thimble-shaped bullet and actually make a more formal version for the wedding….

Not gonna lie, I am loving my new hobby. It’s just too bad it’s taken over the kitchen/living room/everywhere. Anyone wanna buy me a sewing room? This one will do.

*I wrote “stupidly challenged myself” and then Stephen King popped into my head: “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” He won’t leave me alone long enough to craft a silly little blog post.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

michael March 6, 2014 at 7:02 pm

on a related note… you brought him up… I am reading my first Stephen King novel. ever. Joyland.


rebecca March 7, 2014 at 1:29 am

seriously! amazing. i however am fairly terrified of the sewing machine. much more comfortable with sticks and string :)
it looks amazing! beautiful dress! xo


Kelly March 7, 2014 at 11:52 am

Gorgeous!!!! You and the dress :)


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