Ok, this is the last one for a while now – I have stacks of knitting to show, plans to discuss.
Pattern: Anna Dress by Amy Butler.
Fabric: 1.5m of grey, blue and black plaid from Fabrics Galore (K&S show), €18 approx. Lining, €4.50 from Murphy Sheehy’s (caught just as they were closing; my thanks to the girl who stood inside the door looking at me knocking and shouting, I need lining please! and didn’t think I was crazy – that’s what I call a kindred spirit).
I adapted this a bit. I took out the gathers at the centre front. I took in the waist. I put in a zipper under the arm. I took out the back yoke closure and cut the yoke as two pieces on the bias. This is what it looks like without the belt.
It is quite roomy but it’s a nice cold-weather outfit to have because I can fit pretty much any close-fitting sweater underneath it.
The belt pulls it in a bit at the back but you can see how the yoke lies. Initially I was a bit disappointed with this project. I was so excited about the fabric that I think that nothing I sewed could have possibly lived up to my dreams. However, this is a very practical, though somewhat unglamorous, dress. It is warm, comfortable, easy to move in, easy to cycle in, presentable on an ordinary day – all the things I need from a piece of clothing to wear to teach or play in.
And I love the lining.