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Hannah // By Hand London v2.0

I know I shouldn’t be surprised at how much I love this pattern but I still am!

This is my second By Hand London Hannah dress and it’s cemented how well it works for me!

I made this version with a simple midi length skirt and added a puffed short sleeve. It’s quite a different vibe to my original test version!

The sleeve was made by shortening the bishop sleeve pattern piece and slashing and spreading it to increase the width further. After sewing the seam, I overlocked the edge and turned back the hem by 4cm. Then I sewed two rows of gathering stitches all the way round and pulled them in to create a puffed sleeve with a finished ruffled edge.

The other change I made was to move the pockets higher up on the skirt – the original ones sat just that little bit too low on me. The bodice itself I kept the same with just my standard short torso adjustment.

The fabric is a viscose crepe from Fabric Godmother. It’s from their first collection of exclusive prints made in collaboration with Print Pattern Archive bringing vintage prints to life. I loved the tile print with the sunny yellow floral pattern. It makes me think of summer holidays in Italy and I couldn’t resist buying it!

It’s such an easy to wear dress that can also be dressed up or down – the perfect holiday dress! In fact I made it to wear on a recent trip to Morocco!

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