This is Annabelle! Isn’t she pretty?
I quite liked the look of the dress when I first saw the magazine cover but I wasn’t that fussed to be honest. Yeah it’s nice and all but nothing that special and there’s so much else to sew and so little time. Then I saw the purple version inside the magazine and it was a total game changer.
I loooooove this dress! Made in a delicious plum ‘peachskin’ polyester from Sherwood Fabrics. A colour I never wear and a fabric type I would never usually go near – but look how lovely the fabric drapes on the model.
I had a few problems with the pattern though. I cut a 12 – according to my measurements – and the dress is huge on the bust and hips. The neck is so big that it constantly slips off my shoulders and shows my bra straps – not the worst thing in the world but it does mean I can’t wear it for work unless I am wearing a cardigan over it. Again, not the worst thing in the world but a bit irritating. I also added a couple of centimetres to the waistband after I had traced the pattern – probably taking it up to a size 14. This seems to fit me fine.
When I make it again, and I will make it again, I am going to cut a size 14 waist and a size 10 skirt and bodice. Then I am going to take a further 2cm or so out of the centre front bodice and neck band.
So it is clearly not one of those where it fits straight from the packet but that is the reason why we make a toile, I guess. Fitting issues aside, this is a gorgeous dress and it is very much a wearable toile, which I will wear a lot.
I think I might start adding a bit more purple to my handmade wardrobe too. I never really considered it as ‘my’ colour before but I am pleasantly surprised by this. I think it works well with my pasty northern English skin tone.
Have you made an Annabelle? What do you think of the pattern?