After the triumph of my first By Hand London Anna Dress, I was keen to make the shorter version. It’s great for work as it’s both smart and comfortable. Having deliberately made the first dress quite roomy, I decided I didn’t need the zip (what a lot of fiddling around if it’s not even needed!) I’m a teacher and had promised my little sewing club that I’d wear this new version the next day and was up quite late and neeeearly finished.
Disaster: I tried it on to check the length and couldn’t get out. I’d sewn myself into it! Now, I live on my own and don’t know my neighbours well enough to go knocking on their doors at 11:30 pm asking to be cut out of my dress…I thought I was going to have to sleep in it and get a colleague to unstitch me in the morning. Several minutes of wrestling with a stitch ripper later and I was free.
The moral of this story: you really do need a zip!!
I lined the skirt which makes it feel more luxurious and stops it sticking to my tights. I think it gives a bit more definition to the lovely A line skirt too:
After all that drama, Ireally love this little green beauty; the kimono-style sleeves are a) easy and b) unusual and the front pleats are flattering and give a really lovely shape to the dress.
Tell me about your sewing scrapes!