Having wangled a top and maxi skirt out of the meanest 2m of fabric in my last instalment, it was high time for something easier. I had many a metre of this lovely twill rayon in black and white, originally bought to make Princess a pair of those drop crotch indian sh*t catchers. Thats what G calls them and she has travelled to India quite a lot, so I’m taking her word for it!
Well buggar me if I did not have enough of this fabric for a maxi BHL Anna AGAIN! So I added the shorter version of my own A line skirt used in the previous V1.0 maxi skirt/top combo.
A couple of days before embarking on this Anna V2.0 I had approached a lovely young lady at a bus stop to complement her. She was wearing a maxi dress in black and white confusion much like this fabric of mine, yet it was somehow ordered by a border of orange at the neck edge and the hem. Confusion looks well when it is ordered I think, I’ve often marvelled at piped additions to B and W prints, they do curate the assemblage.
So, off I went to Spotlight because even though Tessutti is not far away, pre Christmas traffic became a major deterrent.
Do you ever do this with your phone? Sometimes I get a better feel for what I’m combining when its contained in a teensy little screen; technological woman!
A plain rayon would have been good, but I was crazy for the print on print. Princess disagrees, she tells me it doesn’t work at all, but we agree to disagree or I won’t finish her next dress!
WARNING, cutting and applying a contrast neckband is a major pain in the rear end. Especially after the invisible zipper had already been applied. Unpick – reapply, add a loop because Karen of Did You Make That suggested it.
“A reader recently asked if I use the pattern’s instructions to close this dress’s rear neckline with a hook and eye. Never! On every iteration, I’ve sewn a roulette loop and picked out an accompanying button. On this occasion, a glass heart.”
So its clear Karen’s heart lies in casinos, but my rouleau loop does the same job and I have to say I was a proud Mummy birthing that baby – its so skinny; the button is a tad glitzy for a rayon frock it has to be said. Perhaps Karen was all about taking a gamble that day and why the heck not, its nearly Chrissy (Aus for Christmas friends) and it doesn’t get any madder than a combined ‘going troppo’ X ‘Christmas fever’.
The contrast hem addition was appliquéd by hand to the front. Such peace can be found on a sunny December morning, pottering about a hemline for the heck of it I think.
I may have mentioned before; I’m not crazy about sewing rayon. She’s not a long lasting fibre, she’s inclined to grow holes in sunlight. What’s that? You were wondering why the sarong over your window in the share house always looked moth eaten? Rayon is a fibre that will last longer if not dried in sunlight – thats what my home ec. teacher taught me and thank you, I’m taken your lessons to heart Mrs Bryant. I adored Mrs Bryant, I wish she understood how she improved my life.
Hubby photo bombed this one to demonstrate with/without a contrast trim. I chose incorrectly the ‘without contrast waist’ and having seen these photos I declare what this dress really needs is a contrast waist, to give the impression of an indentation at my waistline. Too late, I’ve graded those seams and honestly – its rayon. I do have a dandy colour matching leather belt that might do or I could rustle up a fabric belt somehow? Given belt choices I mostly veer toward easy post prandial expansion in the waistline over proportional body enhancement. What about you? There’s a reason I’m going to watch ‘Kevin Sews’ elastic back waistband!
This dress is easy, its breezy, its not so squeezy, but its not the elusive Anna maxi.
Happy Merry’s everyone, may Santa bring you plentiful yardage for a maxi BHL Anna dress. XXX