I’ve been getting lucky with sleeveless dress patterns. First Cardamome, and now the lovely Hannah Dress from Victory Patterns. It took all of my will power not to buy this pattern the day it was released. It was game over when Kristiann from Victory announced a 20% off sale.
Is it hyperbolic to say that this dress is magical? I don’t care. The dress has so many different parts that come together seamlessly—I’m pretty sure Kristiann used some kind of witchcraft or wizardry to pull it all together. Per the description, Hannah “features angled side seams and front pockets, which transition cleverly into folding side-panels that wrap around to the back and criss-cross over each other.” Um, yeah.
I was afraid it’d be a little too clever, a little too advanced, for my skill set. Luckily, the directions are detailed and specific, and it came together more easily than a button-up shirt. No joke.
Even the hidden button placket didn’t take too much head scratching. It would have been even easier if I’d marked everything properly before I began sewing. If you make this dress, I have one important piece of advice: Take the time to mark every single notch, dart, fold line, sew line, and match point during the cutting process. I didn’t use a visible enough mark on the wild contrast print, and it was a pain when it came time to sew and press.
- Pattern: Hannah Dress, Victory Patterns
- Size: 8 (my measurements: 36-29-39, 6′ tall)
- Alterations: Added 2″ of length at lengthen/shorten line
- Fabric: linen-nylon blend for main fabric, linen-rayon blend for contrast (both from JoAnn)
- Fit: Very fitted across the bust and shoulders. I have a broad back, and this fits like a glove. I might consider giving myself a tiny bit more room through the upper back when I make this again.
- Issues: The top layer of the placket doesn’t lie perfectly flat. This very well could be through a fault of my own. I’ll probably sew a small snap in between the layers to keep it flatter when worn.
And now for my favorite aspect of this dress…
Contrast hem facing! WHEEEEEE! It really is the small things that bring a smile to my face. Do you personalize the garments you sew?