|Why Hello Mac, welcome to your photoshoot|
|Call me Anna, By Hand London, Anna|
My love for the Anna's I've seen locally is well documented - I still have a huge girly crush on Jenny's from Frocktails and SewBusyLizzy's three, then there's the lovely pair by Helen Funkbunny, and I can't wait to meet Kat's when she makes her debut.
This will be a finished garment heavy post as Anna was modelling for some off camera flash photography while she waited for the paid model to wake up.
To recap, Anna is from By Hand London and is a 1940's inspired dress with open bodice darts, kimono sleeves and a seven gore skirt. I resisted buying Anna despite loving the 40's (and 70's) vibe and spent the intervening months wrestling with McCalls 6470 and Simplicity 1692 ….
|Hmm, why did I dally with those other lasses?|
…. not quite….
I traced Anna off onto my interfacing, stitched her up and tried her on - no. Once I arrived at Social Sewing on Saturday, I accepted that Anna and I would need to talk and negotiated an additional inch through the CB.
Social Sewing is simply the best for having a range of voices and views able to look at my muslin and suggest where my negotiations with Anna should go next.
yes, there's bit of stripping off and being pinned in public that goes on (well, yes, it's all very G rated). - And sometimes your clothes get appropriated and lead to the next pattern obsession - here ;)
(only fair as Helen was my chief pinner and enabler)
By lunchtime, we were happy with how my bodice was sitting, so I cut into my lovely Japanese inspired black, white & red cotton and basted up the bodice. A few more tweaks with the softer fabric and her top was sorted.
All stitching lines were then transferred back to my interfacing pattern pieces and just for curiosity, I tried to work out what size I was actually making…
My sewing machine was dropped in for a service with the wonderful MJC Sewing Machine & Overlocker Repairs on the way home from social sewing - Thanks SO much Leith for your post introducing them, they performed magic on my smashed overlocker (small children = sewing table accidents)…... I can happily report that both machines are purring now and total time away was only a few days for each with a combined $ of $180, phew!
So, Anna's 7 gore skirt was cut out & french seamed on a wonderful Bernina 730. It did mean using a regular zipper foot for the invisible zip, but that worked fine.
I did lower the slash neckline a touch as I found it too high for comfort (this is usual for me) and might have cursed at frenched skirt seams not lining up with bodice darts ;) The print is perfectly busy (and has a black background), so it's not really noticeable in reality.
I followed By Hand London's instructions for the zip & facing & then cursed (again) as I know smoother ways of doing it ;( I did use interfacing before beginning the invisible zip & it went in well with the regular foot. I'm also happy at the partial (bodice) pattern matching, so that's a win.
Overall, I'm very fond of Anna.
I'm still learning more about my body and pattern tweaking with every pattern and can see this Anna helping with my plans for Sew For Victory in Northern Hemisphere Spring 2014!
|I know you were really just waiting to see Mac again ;)|
and as a postscript:
I, MaciNic of the Somnolent Dachshund pledge to sew 5 vintage patterns from my stash by my 2 year blog-iversary in May 2015.From A Stitching Odyssey: Vintage Pattern Sewing Pledge
and for my own personal bonus points, I'll aim for one from the 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's & 70's… by May 2015. By the end of this year, I will have completed 3 and made plans for the remainder.