Little Anna


Hope you are all well.

Just like that, summer is gone and we are truly in Autumn. I have quite a few sewing plans for Autumn that I can’t wait to make and share. However, today I am going to share one more Summer dress that I made for F.

By Hand London just released a collection of three patterns that are mini versions of their dresses, the Anna, Hannah and Flora and I got to test the Little Anna.

The dress has two neckline options, Bateau and V-neckline, double pleats on the bodice and A-line skirt. The pattern is available from size 2T up to size 13 years old.

For F, I made a size 10 based on her measurements and she chose the bateau neckline.

The dress come along nicely and without issues. The only change I made was interfacing the neckline facing and next time I must remember to staystitch the neckline, especially if using rayon/viscose.

I really like how the two bodice pleats make the dress fit so well. The skirt is a bit on the long side for my personal taste, nonetheless, I opted for not shortening as I want F to wear the dress next year. Also, this pattern work wonderfully as a party dress and for that purpose the extra length is welcome. I asked F and she said she wanted to keep the length so, it works well for both of us.

The fabric I used is a rayon/viscose from See You at Six and it is lovely. This kind of fabric is one of the recommended and it worked quite well. I was undecided about the fabric to use as I also think a fabric with a bit of structure also might work well. I think it all depends on the effect we want to achieve really. Either way, I am happy with the final result and so is F.

The new By Hand London pattern collection is 20% off until next Tuesday, 29th September. So, if you like matching outfits for you and your little one these patterns are a great option.

Have a lovely week,

Maria x

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