Monday, October 12, 2015

Anna + Veronika = Annonika?

I needed a dress to wear to a good friend's wedding recently (the same wedding for which I made my beach cover-up Mojave)...

The fabric I wanted to use for my dress is some lovely cotton I got in Hong Kong's Sham Shui Po district last year. The super saturated greens and blues and those absolutely ENORMOUS flowers caught my eye in a pile on a street cart. I got it for an absolute steal. I'm not sure what it is, really... a little bit heavier than a voile or lawn, with a lovely sateen-y sheen. It was 60 inches wide, which is pretty fabulous.

The fabric was really the driving factor behind the pattern choice. I wanted something that could accommodate the giant print and not break it up too much. After taking a poll on Instagram and thinking about it a bit, I decided to go for the bodice of By Hand London Anna and paired it with Megan Nielsen's Veronika circle skirt.  I've been on a bit of an Anna high after the International Anna Party and my first circle skirt kinda rocked my world, so it was an easy choice.

(some failed, blurry, dark twirling pics, an assignment from Gillian's Better Pictures Project... it's just too tight to twirl on my balcony!)

I love the final result! The Anna bodice and big circle skirt plays so well with a large scale print...

The Veronika skirt worked perfectly, although ended up a bit shorter than my ponte version, probably because I didn't use a waistband so it's sitting higher. I finished the skirt hem with bias tape to maximize the length.

Here is in in action at the casual, bay-side, shoeless wedding... and, since I'm posting embarrassing pics lately, the late night after party, where things got a bit craz-zay on the dance floor... I wish I could remember what song was playing. Clearly it sparked something in me: