Please let me introduce you to the gorgeous Annabelle dress. A few of you may have seen a sneak peek during my Me Made May takeover on the Simple Sew Instagram feed. She has lots of gathers and vintage charm, wrapped up in a wonderfully wearable pattern.
I made a size 8; I was between sizes, so went for the larger size, and it is very comfortable – plenty of room for tea and cake! I lengthened the bodice by 1.5” (4 cm) and the skirt by 4” (10 cm). I usually have to do a broad shoulder adjustment, but this time I didn’t need to due to the gathered sleeve head.
The fabric I chose was this buttery soft Dashwood Studios rayon from Doughtys, which they also have in a lovely mustard colour. The print is so pretty and the quality of the fabric is wonderful; it has the perfect drape for this pattern. The dress features a side seam zip, so the pattern isn’t interrupted on the back, meaning less time and fabric used for pattern matching.
There was a fair bit of hand sewing to be done during this make due to my fabric choice, which I didn’t mind at all because I find it quite therapeutic. I’m sure a less shifty fabric could be easily topstitched, however, if hand sewing isn’t your thing. Or even using a walking foot with a machined blind hem might work.
Here I styled the dress in quite a retro way, but it could just as easily be paired with tights for winter (I actually fully lined the dress so I could do this).
Any fabric with a good amount of drape would be great for this pattern. Fabric with more body like a crepe would give this pattern a more dramatic look, whereas a cotton lawn would give it more structure, and silk would look very sophisticated.
See you next time!