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Another summer dress! //The Annie Dress by Tessuti

From my last dress, I fell in love with using this entredeux trim and really wanted to use it again (though this time without having to dye the stuff!).

I had a second Tessuti pattern in my pattern stash that I thought would be great to try out – the Annie dress!

Annie is a loose fit high neck strappy summer dress with a gathered skirt and pockets and a lined bodice. It’s got an empire waist, well by that I mean the skirt starts from an empire line. The whole thing is a trapeze shape so there’s no waist definition at all!

I really liked how cool and comfortable it looked and it’s quite a different style to what I normally make so I thought it was worth a try!

For this make I used another piece of fabric I got from The Textile Centre whilst at the Knitting and Stitching show earlier this year. (I actually managed to find a link to this one online so you can get it here). It’s the softest spin viscose with a dainty yellow floral print. It’s just so light and happy!

The front and back bodice of the pattern has panels though this less for shaping and more for adding contrast fabrics onto these areas. I decided to add three entredeux trim to these spots and put in a single centred line of trim horizontally and vertically onto the centre front and back panels.

I also made the straps using the trim and bound the edges so that the trim of the straps remained see through.

Looking back at these photos, I think I’ve left the straps a bit longer than intended at I don’t believe the bodice is meant to sit as low as this. Luckily that’s an easy fix!

This was another of those super quick makes – the type that you can whip up the night before a holiday!

It’s supposed to be warm next week so I’m going to be busting out all these summer makes!

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