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By Hand London Hannah Dress

Finally the Hannah dress has been released!

I’ve been eyeing this pattern ever since By Hand London called for testers months ago and after seeing the sample version on Hannah (of The New Craft House and who it’s named after) I knew I’d want my own version too!

I was lucky enough to be in the tester pool so I got to try it a bit early!

As it happened I had recently ordered some blue viscose gingham from Pound Fabrics. Not my usual go-to shop but I’d seen someone on Facebook get a steal on some viscose challis. Needless to say I can’t resist a bargain and headed on over to get some for myself! I’d bought 4 metres of the stuff so it was perfect for the full sleeved option of the Hannah dress I wanted to try!

The Hannah dress features a darted wrap bodice with several sleeve options (short, bishop and tulip) and a gathered skirt. The dress closes with ties on the inside and the outside and it has POCKETS!

I made the version with the bishop sleeves of course!

It’s a beautifully simple sew and worked really well with the drapey viscose fabric. I shorted the bodice by 2cm and the hem by 10cm but otherwise made no changes to the fit of the UK14 pattern.

After I’d cut the pattern pieces out I realised I had enough for an extra frill around the hem. I couldn’t help adding it on too!

I used 4 widths of the fabric and gathered them up before attaching them to the skirt.

It’s a bit “Little House on the Prairie” but I love it!!! 😂

It’s alarmingly impractical – those sleeve get in everything and that hem is a major trip hazard – but I feel fabulous wearing it!

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