Without a doubt, my cotton voile Anna Dress is one of my favorite frocks, and it certainly gets a lot of wear. On days when I really don’t feel like getting dressed, that garment is the one that gets pulled out of the closet. It is incredibly comfortable, and makes me look fairly put together without a bare minimum of effort.
And while I also love my cotton/silk full length version of the design, it just does not compare.
This floral challis seemed like a good choice to finally make myself another version before I wear that cotton one out!
And I have to say that I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.
The only modifications I made were to lengthen the short skirted version by ten inches, lengthen the sleeves by half an inch, and re-draw the back neckline, making sure that the dress would still be bra friendly.
I did end up adding lingerie guards because the neckline is a bit wide - the first day I wore this dress, I noticed that my bra straps were peeking out every once in a while. Can’t have that! A bit of ribbon and two snaps took care of that problem.
This is one of those designs that really works in a variety of fabrics.
And if I find another floaty rayon that I really love, I would not be against making another Anna Dress! A lightweight wool might even take this design right through the colder months . . .
Dress: Made by me, “Anna” by By Hand London
Shoes: Banana Republic