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Christmas Day Anna


I made an Anna dress, by By Hand London, to wear on Christmas day. I had a very pleasant Christmas Eve making it, while watching lots of old movies. It was going to be a birthday Anna as I’ve had the pattern and fabric for some time, but I missed by birthday (back in November) and it took me until the Christmas break to find the time.
Handmade Anna Dress
Now I know why everyone loves this dress so much. It was a really quick make and it fits perfectly! I love the front pleats, they give a lovely finish & are a nice unusual detail. I graded between two sizes to get a smaller fit on the top, grading to a larger size at the bottom of the bodice and on the skirt. As you can see I cut the fabric along the selvedge for the skirt and against the selvedge for the bodice. I was too lazy to attempt pattern matching!
Handmade Anna Dress
The fabric is a President Holland fabric, an African-style wax block print. It has a lovely waxy feel to it. I bought it from a shop on the Goldhawk Road when I was last in London. I was actually there for a friend’s birthday so didn’t get to the Goldhawk Road until Sunday when most shops are closed:( Luckily there were a couple of shops open so I did manage to treat myself. I bought quite a few metres so have lots left – I’m thinking this fabric would make great cushions.
Handmade Anna Dress
And, as it was made for Christmas, here is the dress in front of our Christmas tree.
Handmade Anna Dress


Author: Charlotte

Sewist, crafter & blogger, based in Birmingham, England. I'm spending the year growing and gathering to create natural dyes and enhance my sewing projects. Find me at www.englishgirlathome.com

14 thoughts on “Christmas Day Anna

  1. The fabric is out of this world LOVE it 🙂 tha’ts one beautiful dress

  2. Beautiful dress, I love the fabric! I hope you had a good Christmas.

  3. That is a truly amazing and inspiring dress! I have been so out of the loop with reading up on other people’s blogs for a couple of months now, so it’s very impressive to see how well you have been getting on. Making me feel like I should be making more of an effort :{ Very well done and I hope you felt suitably special when wearing it.

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  6. This is a fabulous dress and you are one talented, creative lady! I feel the need to splash comments everywhere, especially for your fabric choices x

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