Creation: Green BHL Anna Dress

There’s one shower I love more than any shower in the world. It’s a summer shower, the one you take after having spent the day at the beach. I can always smell the outdoors on my skin and it feels so good to get rid of the salt and sand and feel clean. It’s usually still warm, so the wet hair is no bother and when you slip into a clean dress it’s the best feeling ever. This is the dress I want to slip into whilst drinking rosé wine or, even better, Martini Rosato.

Green Anna (13)

A maxi dress is a great way to keep your legs warm as the temperatures drop in the summer evenings and ever since last midsummer I have envisioned myself in a maxi Anna (By Hand London). Since the goal on Swedish midsummer is to sit outside for as long as possible, a maxi dress is a necessity if you want to go barelegged. I envisioned a green dress paired with a dark denim jacket, which I bought on our trip to Spain in December last year.

Green Anna (1)

Being a bit *ahem* bustier than the average gal, I cut a size US8 and did a 2″  FBA on my bodice. After I did this I also lengthened the bodice, from 0 cm at the side seam to 2 cm at the centre front. The pleats were 3 cm shortened and of course corresponded with my new length. The FBA is well described on the sewalong paged, however, I don’t like the way the apex follows the pleat in stead of the pleat following the apex. Either way I am pleased with the way my dress turned out in terms of fit. I had planned on testing the thigh high split, but that was totally forgotten when I sewed the skirt, hence, no slit.

Green Anna (35)

The fabric is a cotton gingham with 3% elastane, which makes the dress really comfortable. As I had read that the Anna might not need the 3.5 metres indicated I bought 4 metres. In the end I have almost 1 metre left, so I will make a top with the remains. I’m very pleased with my research, otherwise I would have ended up with a half a metre scrap which couldn’t really be used for anything.

Green Anna (24)

One of the things I like about the Anna is that it is a maxi dress, but still holds the shape over the waist. A lot more flattering than the more commonly seen empire cuts or flowing looks. The facings are very floppy and are prone to turn to the outside, I don’t know if that’s the nature of this cut or if they could have been drafted differently. They need a whole lot of pressing to keep neat and tidy. Also, I don’t like that, according to the instructions, they’re supposed to go in before the zipper and not even be under-stitched. I put them in after the zipper and understitched them.

Green Anna (30)

Despite all the small kinks, I like this dress and it will be worn all summer, I suspect, as well as going to Italy in October. It is also my entry for The Monthly Stitch’s Indie Pattern month, entering in the Dresses category. Now, pass the Rosato.


Project summary:
: By Hand London Anna dress. V-neck and no slit.
Difficulty: Easy. There is no hard sewing.
Alterations: 2″ FBA. Shortened pleats 3 cm, lengthened front bodice, 0 cm at side seam 2 cm at CF.

Fabric: Cotton gingham, with 3% elastane. From Stoff och Stil.
Notions: Thread, zipper, interfacing
Price: Fabric  150 SEK (€16), zipper 23 SEK (€2.38), thread and interfacing 10 SEK (€1.08).
Total:  183 SEK (€19.53)


En sommarklänning för lata kvällar på altanen, efter en dag fylld med sol och bad. Mönstret är By Hand London’s Anna-klänning och jag har ökat vidden over bysten. Tyget är bomullsgingham, med några procent elastin, från Stoff och Stil, den är väldigt bekväm att ha på sig. Jag gillar att den är skuren vid midjan istället för att bara hänga rakt ner. Infodringarna är dock lite besvärliga då de har en tendens att lägga sig på rätsidan, speciellt eftersom mönstret säger att de ska sys på innan blixtlås och inte sys fast i sömsmånen (under-stitch).


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