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Anne of Shalott
Outline the story …
Deciding on what story and what I was going to make took many different avenues. I had originally chosen Anne from "Anne of Green Gables", but wasn't completely set on it as I figured many people would choose her. In the end, I decided it didn't matter. Anne has always been a favorite of mine. I grew up with an active imagination and played in the forest every chance I got. These two dresses were a last minute decision based on Anne's love for books and sad stories, especially her re-enactment of "The Lady of Shalott". It's a mix between a medieval style dress and the 1870s in which the book is set. The pink underdress has laced sleeve that is flared around the elbow reminiscent of Ann's love of puffed sleeves. The green overdress is loosely based on the large bustle dresses worn at that time and Ann's love of nature as the sleeves are cut to look like leaves.
Outline the construction…
The main construction of both dresses are based on Butterick 4827. I decided on linen for both as it was widely used in the 12th century and has a homely feel that Anne of Green Gables exudes. For the pink underdress I kept to the main pattern, except for the sleeves. The sleeves are a combination of the Butterick sleeve and a puff sleeve from Simplicity 8695. I also used a strip of insertion lace, instead of sewn in eyelets, to lace up the back. The inside seams were done on the machine and then felled by hand. The green overdress is the same dress but I added gores in between all seams, except for the middle back on, to give it more fullness. The sleeves are the ones that come with the pattern, except I added a triangle or square shape to the bottom. I put the opening in front and sewed in ribbons as closures. This one was completed by machine.
A few challenges that I overcame, was working with lace for the first time and starting construction only three weeks ago. I was worried that lace wouldn't work on my sewing machine, but it gave me no trouble.