by hand london anna dress colette zinnia skirt

Well hello again!  It wasn’t my intention to be AWOL for so long, but life… and jobs… and diy… and IT…

Anyway, I’m back!  I’ve had a few duds recently, but this dress seems to have mercifully escaped the vortex of cock-ups.  Isn’t she cheery?  I think I’ve found my perfect summer dress…

It’s the By Hand London Anna bodice, attached to the Zinnia Skirt by Colette.  I love the Zinnia, because I don’t need any extra help with the size of my hips (mother nature plus dirndl skirt = probably a bit much), but I do want loads of swishy volume at the hem.  The Zinnia skirt has a slightly gathered waist, and also tapers out to the hem, so you get the best of both worlds.

When I looked at the skirt pattern properly, the front pieces were wider than the back, which didn’t seem to make much sense.  Although my actual Zinnia is fine, so…  In the end, I just used the back pieces for the front of this skirt and vice-versa, as the Anna bodice is wider at the back than the front anyway…  I know I should fix this…

anna dress with gathered skirt by turners clothThe other thing I need to fix is the neckline, which gapes a bit at the front.  I’m going to try and fix this for the next one!

I did learn a valuable lesson from this dress, which in retrospect would have been really useful when I took in my jeans – I’ve now made them way too tight, which was totally avoidable if I hadn’t been really frustrated with the whole project and rushing to fix them.

Any, I’ve realised (probably need a little siren for obviousness here), that it’s really easy to judge the fit of a garment by just the bit that’s most noticeable.  I’ve made an Anna dress before, and got the impression that this size is only just big enough.  So I was quite surprised that this version is plenty big enough, in fact quite roomy and comfortable.  Turns out, the maxi one is only tight across the stomach, and not anywhere else, but because it is quite fitted there, it feels fitted overall.

Similarly, my jeans probably only needed taking in at the actual waist – I should have left the hips as they were, as taking the in all down the side has not worked well at all…  Lesson learned!

by hand london anna dress by turners cloth

D’you know, I can’t even remember what size I cut, but I’ll be making another one soon so I’ll get it then…maybe.

by hand london anna dress gathered skirt sunflower fabric

by hand london anna dress with knee length gathered skirt

by hand london dress with gathered skirtBasically, I’m just glad to be back here with a successful project, and hopefully things things will go a bit more smoothly for a while!  Although last week I lost the screw for these sunglasses, which I really love, so it’s not looking promising so far…

Take care, see you around!




  1. June 9, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    I love how you merged Anna and Zinnia! The fabric is so perfect for summer. This looks absolutely fantastic 🙂

    • Lucy
      June 12, 2017 / 10:09 am

      Hi Kelsey,
      Aw, thanks so much :)! I do love how the skirt goes with the Anna bodice – I’m definitely going to be making more of these!

  2. June 9, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Looks fabulous and I love that it has pockets.

    • Lucy
      June 12, 2017 / 10:06 am

      Hi Sarah,
      Thanks so much! I used the pocket piece from the Myrtle pattern (only piece I’ve kept lol), and now I’m kicking myself for not adding pockets to all my dresses! Pockets are the future 😉

  3. June 9, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    I had such a good laugh reading your post! Your dress looks wonderful – beautiful and cheery and I think the fit looks great. You’re so right that we can so often second guess ourselves re sizing and after watching a bazillian videos and looking through a library of fit books I had this crazy aha moment recently and just couldn’t believe it’s taken me this long to get it! I’ve been cutting sizes too big to accommodate my large bust AND doing an FBA as well and just swimming in the garments at the neck and shoulders! I’d be putting in darts everywhere 🙂

    • Lucy
      June 12, 2017 / 11:05 am

      Thanks Kathleen! I completely agree about fit – sometimes something really simple can throw everything off and cause even more issues trying to fix it! Live and learn I guess 🙂

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