Well, Hi there. What do you mean it’s nearly the end of January! Your lying. Oh… It really is. Where has this month gone?! Suffice to say it’s been a bit busy round these parts, but I’ve finally managed a little sewing and have one of my favourite dresses to date to show you!
This is the By Hand London Anna dress and is the second version I’ve made (I just haven’t photographed the first one yet, OK?!). The fabric was a gift from my Secret Santa as I took part again last year with the swap organised by the lovely Kat who blogs at Krafty Kat.
The fabric is a stretch cotton twill with this fabulous black and purple geometric print. I went with the bateau neckline for this make as I didn’t want to break up the print. The dress came together beautifully and I swapped out the facings to use the hot pink bias that accompanied the fabric. My only irritation with the dress is my fault! I’m shrinking (which is a good thing) and despite taking the side seams in on this over and over it’s still to big through the torso. I’m going to follow Roisin at Dolly Clackett and hope that a turn through the washing machine will shrink it’s proportions suitably. Or take even more out of the side seams!
I hope the photos above illustrate what I mean. I’ve got a lot of fabric pulled behind my back or at my waist. I’m not sure now the washing machine will fix this – I may need to be more daring in my side seam reductions!
So, along with the fabric, came the rather gorgeous pink bias binding which I used to finish the neckline, arms and hem. I think it’s this inclusion of a really bright colour along with the geometric pattern of the fabric that made me name this dress ‘Tron’ as I’m not usually one for naming my makes!
See, I love that insane pop of colour! It matches my hangers too and I’m pretty happy with that pattern matching up the back where the invisible zip is. So, not only did I get enough fabric to make a dress and finish it with a pop of colour, I also received a number of lovely sew in labels and a little handmade felt fox! I love foxes so Secret Santa was spot on the money there, too.
Just wonderful! One of those labels will be going in Tron Anna.
And for those of you who haven’t come across Tron or Tron Legacy (I’m sorry, I like them both!) here’s a poster for the original film showing the illuminated patterns on the costumes that this dress makes me think of: