I’m all for multi-tasking, so Ella’s morning walk became a chance to snap my second version of the Anna Dress. I used Indian Hand Wood Blocked Cotton, bought from Our Patterned Hand in Bethnal Green. I will love this shop for ever and ever because they allowed me to take Ella in. Whilst I shopped, they made a big old fuss of her. Their fabric choice is select but so special. Whoever’s doing their purchasing is very clever indeed.
The above shot is taken in Vinegar Alley. Isn’t that an awesome name? So ancient-sounding. I wonder what used to happen in Vinegar Alley. It’s part of Walthamstow Village, where you’ll also find a tudor house, below. This place continues to be a private residence. Can you believe it? There’s lots of information about Walthamstow Village’s history here. You can see why I love living here, huh?
The dress, the dress, Karen! Okay, this time I pinched out the excess in the upper back bodice on the pattern piece itself. No darts needed! I learnt this trick at Morley College. Be aware that you’ll need to also adjust the front bodice shoulder accordingly.
Having made this twice now, I do wonder if the neckline facings aren’t quite matching up with the neckline drafting, but I haven’t found this a massive issue. I may need to do an FBA on the front bodice piece as I ended up adding a small pleat at the front of the neckline on this version. I topstitched the neckline and this has made a big difference to neatness.
That’s your lot! Well, maybe. Perhaps I’ll make a third version. Possibly a fourth…