Selfish Sewing: An Anna to Groove In

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lately, the fam and I have been listening to 70s and 80s music.  It all started when we saw Guardians of the Galaxy.  My boys like to read comics.  I, on the other hand, do not (Give me a book ay day!).   My only exposure to the Guardians was in Marvel books I read with my son.  The movie did not disappoint (Dance off anyone?).  And my son thought the soundtrack was bananas.  Yep, he turns it up loud and sings along. So, if you like Piña Coladas or getting caught in the rain, well, at least I will be grooving the maxi Anna dress.



Experiment:
By Hand London's Anna Dress
Variation 1
Size 4

Materials:
3 yards of cotton turquoise print
1 yard of cream colored cotton
Mettler light gray thread
Mettler cream thread
22" invisible zip cream colored

Procedure:
Rachael of Imagine Gnats declared this Selfish Sewing week and since I was very good at a ton of selfless sewing this month, I needed to reward myself.  High on 'to-sew list' was a maxi length Anna.
I love this print.  It contains colors that I would never gravitate towards but my son convinced me to try it out.  I actually cut the whole dress out of the print and sewed up the bodice, however, when my husband saw it, there was a very pregnant pause and scrunching of the face, followed by "Too much."  I am not gonna lie:  I was bummed.  He's right.  Five yards of this print and I would look like a wayward curtain who had broken free from Bed Bath Beyond.  I found some cream colored cotton in my stash (yea for stash!) and churned out a bodice.


Goodness -- sewing with this much fabric is an exercise in patience.  I was not gifted this virtue therefore it involved a lot of "Oh Hell!" and "Sugar-Honey-Iced-Tea!" under my breath.  And hemming this thing -- err, an act of torture with so much fabric to keep track of...  I had to hack off several, oh let's be real: 4 or 5 inches, in order for it to fit me length wise.  Next time, I'll adjust i on the pattern.


This dress is rad (It has a thigh high split!).  I am going to selfishly say that it was worth it and selfishly say it's hella cool. 
It's not like I need a Selfish Sewing Week since I sew for myself.  But one of the many things I like about the blogosphere, and blogging, is the community, the inspiration, and the push you need to finish something from the most unexpected places.   By Hand London -- this is a genius pattern.   


Here's to Piña Coladas and selfish sewing!
Annie

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22 Responses to “Selfish Sewing: An Anna to Groove In”

  1. Love that pattern, so bright and fun!

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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  2. So perfect. Enjoy your new dress!

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  3. Well,I think you ended up with a stunning dress! Just stunning! It fits you perfectly.

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  4. I love it! And I love the contrast bodice and skirt!

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    1. I guess you could say my husband has an editing eye. Thanks.

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  5. Chink, Chink, Cheers - Glass raised high, to toast a beaut of a make. Love that Aztec print, definitely agree it perhaps would have worn you if made fully in it, but the contrast bodice sets it off so well- as for the fit whoooo - well done x

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  6. Love the fabrics, and the fit - looks like you nailed it on the first run through, well done!

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    1. Anna is very forgiving. You should try her.

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  7. I think this would be perfect to also sit while enjoying a nice cup of tea and watching the sunset..

    The contrast bodice works nicely - the lovely shape of the dress would have been lost if it was the all over vibrant pattern.

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    1. I love tea. My students joke that when I come to class, lecture is not complete without me sipping on a cuppa.

      As always, thank you Sarah Liz.

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  8. Hahah Annie I love that last pic. Gotta search your blog if you can help noobs learn how to do what you do. Gorgeous dress.

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    1. I can be of help -- what do you want to sew?

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  9. Well done Anne the dress looks lovely I love the colours in the print and the thigh split is a real surprise

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    1. I lowered the thigh high split! I feel like it is still high. :)

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  10. Hello Annie, only now I have time to pop over your blog. I love this dress! Great fit and the fabrics are so pretty. I love the split too, it looks so feminine and sexy ;)

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    1. Date dress! I think that is my subliminal motivation for sewing ;)!!

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  11. I love your choice of fabric. What a great match up. Very beautiful dress.

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  12. I love it! Especially the top! :) You look beautiful in it! :)

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I love to hear what you think -- it makes my day! I will try to respond to each of them.

Annie