Anna dress, By hand London, curtain, gordijn, jurk, dress

A few years ago I had a student job in the lovely secondhand store T2.  I bought a lot of lovely curtains there (bye-bye money), and it was about time I turned them into some clothes.

Anna dress, By hand London, curtain, gordijn, jurk, dress

Fabric

I bought this curtion at T2. I haven’t been there for a while so I have no idea if they still sell those lovely curtains. The fabric of the curtain has a canvas feel to it. It’s pretty thick, but it’s still flowy enough to make a dress or a skirt out of it. I’ve got a lot more curtains waiting for their transformation! I shouldn’t have worked there, I pretty sure I spended most of my wage at those curtains.

Anna dress, By hand London, curtain, gordijn, jurk, dress

Anna dress, By hand London, curtain, gordijn, jurk, dress

Pattern

I used the Anna Dress pattern by By hand London.  I’ve been doubting for a very long time wether I should buy it or not. Something about the bust pleats made my doubt, wrinkled boobies? Nobody likes that. And I was affraid that it would be the outcome of this pattern on me. But after spotting so many great Anna dresses I bought it.

After again a big period of doubting which fabric I should use I chose this pretty curtain. Once I finished the bodice I tried it on and, what did I get? Wrinkled boobies!  If that wasn’t enough my brain gave me a message “Told you so”, well thanks brain! So well, that project had to wait a while before I felt like completing it. When it finally was done my wrinkled boobies weren’t that wrinkled anymore. Instead of that I got another problem, the dress screamed “Curtain” all the time. Well it used to be a curtain so onto a certain level it’s true, but still, I wanted it to scream “Dress” and be very proud of it. After giving the curtain some time, it’s screaming “Dress” now, lucky me!

Anna dress, By hand London, curtain, gordijn, jurk, dress

Adjustments

I don’t like zippers in the center back so I put mine in the side seam. I love it when the pattern continues but with a zipper it’s hard to match it up perfectly. With a big bold pattern like this it isn’t too hard to make the print match, but since it is a curtain I didn’t have a lot of fabric to work with.

I wanted as few “scars” as possible on this dress. That’s why I used a tied skirt instead of the panel skirt. I’ve doubted a bit about adding pocked, because pockets are cool (and so are bow ties). But, it would give some extra scars, so I didn’t add them.

The bodice is a little to short for me, next time I’l add a few centimeters and It will be perfect, or I’ll add a waistband.

The back is way too big on my. When I make it again I’ll take out at least 6 centimeters. Is my back really strange? I don’t know. I doubted about taking this dress in, but what would have been the point of putting the zipper in the side seam to prevent scarring and then make a big slash in the center back? Well, I’ll just wear a dress that’s a bit too big, luckily a belt is a lifesaver in this situation.

Next to that I really like the pattern, it’s super easy to make, and it looks pretty!

Anna dress, By hand London, curtain, gordijn, jurk, dress

Anna dress, By hand London, curtain, gordijn, jurk, dress

The Feel

I don’t have to tell you that this is a dress that had to grow on me. At the moment I really love it. I’m pretty sure this will be one of those project that I’ll end up putting on my favorite project ever-list. I just need some time, a little.

Anna dress, By hand London, curtain, gordijn, jurk, dress

Bloopers

Especially for you

Anna dress, By hand London, curtain, gordijn, jurk, dress, blooper

Anna dress, By hand London, curtain, gordijn, jurk, dress, blooper

-xxx-

Lelie

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