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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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