Friday, 20 June 2014

Made by Me: Sailboat Anna

First of all, what do you think of my new look?  I hope you love it as much as I do.  It's the work of Trina from Pish and Posh Designs, and I think she's done a wonderful job.
 
I must have been a really annoying client, because although I had a kind of image in my head as to what I wanted the blog to look like, I found it really hard to actually put that fleeting image into words.  Luckily Trina was really patient, and didn't mind me saying I wanted a simple design, then deciding it was TOO simple!
 
You'll notice you can now follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest by clicking my pretty new social media buttons too.  Or you can send me an email if you prefer!
 
As well as my new blog look, I have a new dress to share with you as well.  Surprise, surprise, it's another By Hand London Anna.  I think this is now my 4th, and I think there might be another maxi version before summer is out. 
 
 
I'm sorry about the whiteness of my legs!  Goodness, they need some sun on them!
 
Anyway, on to the dress.  As I mentioned, this is my 4th Anna, so I didn't really need to refer to the pattern directions at all.  The only change I made was to cut the skirt front in one piece and the back in 2 pieces, rather than the panels the pattern calls for.  I did this so I didn't interrupt the print too much, and basically just laid the pattern pieces out on the fabric with the seam allowances overlapping, treating them as one pattern piece.
 


 
 
Speaking of the fabric, isn't it gorgeous?  It's a cotton/linen blend that I bought on a whim from my local fabric store Fabric HQ.  Sadly, I think they've now sold out of it.  It's quite a departure for me - although I love patterned fabric, I rarely go for what I would call novelty prints.  I know this isn't as "novelty" as some, but it is for me!
 
I debuted the dress last Friday evening when I had dinner with Maria, Winnie and Karen the night before the Minerva Crafts event.  It was also worn to work today and admired by a couple of my colleagues who know that I sew. 
 
 
Have a lovely weekend everyone, and tune in early next week to see my Minerva posh frock revealed. 


 
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22 comments:

  1. beautiful! I love that fabric :)

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  2. Another Anna! And so different from your other ones. Love it, and your blog is looking great!

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    1. Thank you Marianne. I do love this dress pattern!

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  3. Love the new blog design. It's a great balance of simple and elegant, with lots of info. Great dress too!

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  4. this is BEAUTIFUL! Oh my gosh! That neckline is just perfection!

    Pretty blog layout too!

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    1. Thank you. I think this style is really flattering. I've never seen anyone it doesn't suit.

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  5. The blog looks super Sam and the dress is fab. I love a novelty print but then worry about making it up for me, fortunately my little nieces are happy recipients! The sailboats are perfect and I love the colours for summer, classic and stylish :)

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    1. Thanks Jacq. This print is fun without being too "kiddy" I think.

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  6. Love the anna and the new look blog!

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  7. Flattering, classic and a perfect fit. WHEN will I ever sew this pattern up?! :-)

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    1. Thanks Manju. So many patterns, so little time!

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  8. Beautiful new blog design, and beautiful new dress! I'm a sucker for anything with sailboats, so I truly love this one :-) I also really love your idea to cut the skirt as one rather than in panels. It really makes a difference to the look with this print!

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    1. Thank you Gail. This print definitely needed the skirt cut as one.

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  9. The fabric is gorgeous. Pretty dress!

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  10. That fabric is just amazing, it is a really lovely dress. I'm loving your new blog design too, it looks awesome!

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  11. Wow Sam, what a fab dress, love it. Love the new blog design! See you at the next Sewcial.

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    1. Thanks Jacqui! Yes, see you soon.

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