{Pattern Review: By Hand London Hannah Dress}

Well, better late than never right? I knew today was Tuesday, and went to bed last night knowing full well that I didn’t prepare a blog post for today. It’s been a tiring couple of days, and sometimes (actually always, in my case), a little extra sleep is the solution.

I was prepared to just let the day go by without a post, but decided I should just bit the bullet and get one out there later in the day. Yesterday I took the time to take pictures of my new By Hand London Hannah Dress, which I bought the day it was released months ago and am only just getting around to blogging about. I actually started the dress back in January or so, but then quarantine hit and I was away from many of my sewing projects.

I managed to finish the dress when I was more regularly at home over the summer, but all the quarantine cake I had indulged in made the fit all wrong, and the sleeves were way too tight. Happy to say I’ve dropped about sixteen pounds since then and, while the sleeves are still a TAD tight, the dress works!

Admittedly, this is not going to be the most exciting post, photo-wise, as I couldn’t dig up the pictures from when I was working on it, and my modeling pictures were all pretty similar:

I used a raw silk noil from Blackbird Fabrics that was originally intended to be a Christmas Dress but I never got around to making it. But when Hannah came out, it seemed like the perfect choice, and I love how it came out.

The pattern is really straightforward to work with. The only really challenging thing is the rouleau straps – and when I say that I don’t mean sewing them, I mean turning them! I actually had to take a pause and purchase a rouleau turner in order to do it. However, other than that, there was nothing out of the ordinary for me as far as sewing goes.

My own mistake was not doing a full bust adjustment. I usually don’t need to, but I forget that the game changes when it’s a wrap dress. Still, you live and learn and the dress still works with the tank top on underneath for coverage!

So, there’s my little interlude for today. If all goes well tomorrow (I have a day off), I’ll have another new make to show off on Friday!

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