Sunday, March 2, 2014

Winter Anna and the giveaway winner!

My internal clock is lagging behind a bit.. When the spring crocuses start blooming I  I finally finish my winter Anna and a woolen sweater.. Hmm.. 

This dress was made from stash fabrics, I only had 1.4 meters of grey wool and knew that I would love a solid dress, so I could wear it with necklaces/belts etc. It was a super tight squeeze to get everything to fit, but in the end I even cut of another 10 cm of the skirt panels, so it worked out perfectly. 
 The By Hand London girls have a great tutorial in the Anna sew-a-long on how to add sleeves to your Anna and also how to fully line your dress. 

The lining is a silk coupon with a geometric print, which I liked, but not enough to wear it on the outside. I really like it as a lining, it makes the dress super soft and comfy when I wear it! 
Fully lining this dress is quite easy. Basically you cut out another dress from your lining fabric and then attach it by machine to the zipper and the neckline and by hand at the sleeve openings. 
 At first I had sewn the lining fabric to close to the zipper, so every time I zipped it, it got caught in the zipper teeth (pic on the left)..
To prevent this, I took everything apart again and first stitched the lining to the zipper (I put the zipper right side up on the right side of the lining), but I made sure to leave enough room for the zipper to work (about 1 cm).
You also have to make sure to leave about the same width of seam allowance on the other side, otherwise your lining will be bigger then your dress (right top in the pic).

Then I had to think for a while.. I couldn't really figure out how to sew the wool to the zipper and make it invisible.. I ended up lining up my wool (with the right side up) with the side of the zipper (wrong side up) and then using my invisible zipper foot to stitch it together (right bottom pic).
I started at the top, which was a bit of a struggle as you have to make sure not to stitch the front as well, but I'm happy with the result!
I'm not sure if this makes any sense, but it did work for me, so if you have any questions just let me know!

Also at first my darts didn't line up at all, but on the second try I paid more attention and now they line up perfectly!
Hmm doesn't line up at all!
Much better..
 And now, the winner of the giveaway is:

Kriston Lion! Do you go for indulgent of practical? I'm curious!
"ooh what an awesome giveaway ! The indulgent side of me would choose the Lakeside pajamas and the Kielo wrap dress. But I think the practical side of me would choose the Archer button down and the Jamie jeans"

 Thanks everyone who entered! I had a lot of fun reading all your pattern wishes, really want to make more from Named too!

 Tomorrow we're of to Zambia and Botswana for a two week safari trip, super excited! It's always a bit sad to leave our doggies behind, but my sis will take good care of them :)

See you in two weeks!


  1. I haven't seen so many plain fabric Anna's as printed but it looks so good made up like this! Thanks for the detailed description of attaching the lining. Enjoy your holiday!

  2. Wow, have a fabulous trip! I'm looking forward to seeing some pictures!

  3. Lovely dress, too- I bet you'll wear it tons!

  4. I was wondering if Anna would still be fabulous in winter but apparently she is! I love this, especially because of the grey wool, such a winter classic that can be paired with anything! Have fun in Africa!

  5. Nice dress Kim! It looks so classy in the wool, but the shorter skirt and pleats add a nice touch. Enjoy your holiday!

  6. Cuuuute puppy! And I love this short wool Anna! So gorgeous!
    Thanks for the giveaway! I just have to be practical ;) I LOVE LOVE LOVE you and your sister's twinsie Archers!
    And your vacation sounds fabulous! I can not wait to see some pictures!

  7. Such a nice dress on you! Reminding me about Anna pattern....! Enjoy your trip!

  8. Such a nice dress! Enjoy your trip!

  9. Love your wintry Anna with sleeves!

  10. Oooh, nice dress, but I think I would have to wear it inside out!

  11. Hello! I've nominated you for the Liebster Award! http://pellymellypatterns.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/liebster-award/