Technical difficulties meant I couldn’t blog my Ooonapalooza dress in time to be counted on Oona’s round up but I’m still excited to show you all this year’s birthday dress.
There is a lot of love in the sewing world for African wax print fabrics, but usually the colours or designs aren’t me. Until I saw this fabric in one of the shops off Walthamstow market; purple, pink and turquoise! The poor woman in the shop had to search high and low for a piece of the fabric, until she decided to just give me the piece hanging on display.
Sticking with the Sewcialist theme I knew I had to make an Anna maxi dress. At the By Hand London Kickstarter party there were so many wax print Annas I had to copy the cool kids.
With so many panels on the skirt I knew pattern matching was going to be tricky. I shortened the skirt pieces and they just fit on the fabric along the cross-grain. I folded the fabric so that the top cut edge matched the bottom layer as much as possible, then laid out the skirt pieces in the order they would be sewn together.
Because the print is so zig-zaggy and jagged I think it worked! The back skirt pieces don’t match perfectly but they are close enough and the dress is busy enough it isn’t too noticeable.
Having made Anna before (and done extensive fitting previously) this was pretty straightforward to make. I added a waist band as I think it looks better on me, and made the front slit start a good few inches lower down. It took time because the pieces and seams were so long and I did lovely French seams everywhere, which I then top-stitched down (and top-stitched on the other side of the seam too!) so each seam took
double triple the time. I bound the neckline, armholes, hem and waist seams with purple bias binding so the insides are as nice as the outside.
This is my first Anna maxi and I loved how elegant it looks, but super practical – the front slit allowed for sitting cross-legged on a picnic blanket and running around playing frisbee.
That’s beautiful! Very flattering and gorgeous fabric. Happy birthday 🙂
Wit Woo!!! Love this Alison – the colours are perfect, nice and bright, not too clashy. I love your hair in your indoor pics as well – totally glam 🙂 I demand more twirly pics in future too please.
Next time maybe I’ll make a twirly gif 😉
Wow wow wow! So gorgeous! The pattern, the style, you! 😀 Wonderful!
Lovely! Looks great on you…one I may have to copy 😉
I copied from others so feel free to copy again!
I’ve just re-read your post on the FBA, looks really useful and as you say I have a larger FBA to build in so I think I’ll get the tracing paper out!
Gorgeous! And I love the addition of a waistband.
You are so bloody cute, larking around the park! Hope your birthday was wonderful!
Frisbee fun! Hope you have fun birthday too
Nice! I love the fabric – perfect choice.
Fantastic dress, looks great on you. Love the swishing photo 🙂
That purple bias is gorgeous!
love it. the print is so gorgeous!
Such a fun dress! Wax prints aren’t usually for me either, but I too am on the lookout for one that will suit me some day!
Absolutely gorgeous! I’m becoming a convert to african wax fabric for an Anna- between yours and Roisin’s, I’m sold!
Lovely Alison – it looks just great on you! Suitable for a November wedding perhaps?
Alison you look fantastic! I’m in love with that wax print, I think it’s one of the best I’ve ever seen and the colours are perfect for you. Plus the binding is scrumptious! I hope you had a wonderful birthday!