Banana Anna

Banana Anna 4


What to say about this dress? Obviously it’s just a little bit over the top (understatement?) but still gloriously wearable in my estimation.

Banana Anna


I tried to tone it down with serious shoes, but this dress just wants to dance. I mean that literally. Pete and I just started taking Salsa lessons, and that’s where we headed right after he took these pictures.

As you may have noticed, this is the By Hand London Anna Dress. It won’t be my last version of this pattern. This dress was easy-peasy to get made up and fun to wear. The only thing I really did differently from the pattern instructions was to do a lapped zipper in the back instead of putting in an invisible one. This was a choice based mainly on happening to have a regular zipper in the right color in my stash.

Banana Anna 3


The cotton-y fabric is out of my stash. The part of my stash that was given to me out of someone else’s stash. The same stash where I got the fabric for this dress and this dress. It’s just been waiting for the perfect pattern to pair it with. This fabric is perhaps one of the best fruit themed prints I think I’ve ever seen. In addition to bananas, I also see pineapples, cherries, grapes, oranges, watermelons, and something that might be a guava.

Banana Anna 2


Stashbusting stats: 20/25





16 responses to “Banana Anna”

  1. Amanda Avatar

    Ooooo nice! I like the banana Anna! Looks fabulous and perfect for a little bit of salsa!

  2. Flor de Lima Avatar

    I think it looks lovely on you! 🙂

  3. ShanniLoves Avatar

    The fit is spot on. Such a fun dress!

  4. Lynn Avatar

    A fun print. I don’t think it’s over-the-top at all. Not that I’m exactly qualified to judge over-the-top or not. 🙂

  5. EmSewCrazy Avatar

    What a fun dress!! You look amazing in it! Your stashbusting count is getting pretty impressive/close too!

    1. Cari Homemaker Avatar

      Hooray for stash-busting! Too many goodies hidden away that deserve to be sent forth to be seen.

  6. ladykatza Avatar

    Love it! What size/adjustments to the pattern did you make? I’m curious to know!

    1. Cari Homemaker Avatar

      Thanks and good question. I started with the US size 18 shoulders/neck/bust, then tapered out to the US size 20 for the waist/hips. When I say this dress was easy-peasy, I’m not kidding. The sizing was pretty no-fuss for me.

  7. liza jane Avatar

    That is some fabulous fabric. Makes for a very fabulous dress!

  8. Carolyn Avatar

    Very fabulous! I like the fun print a lot; looks just right for a salsa class!

  9. laurendahl Avatar

    Very cute! I love the fabric. I host a weekly linkup for selfish sewing projects, and I would love for you to come join!

  10. Sew, Jean Margaret Avatar

    Love your Anna dress. Such a bright and happy fabric and the fit is spot on too.

  11. danvillegirl Avatar

    The dress(es) fit you well. You did a great job on fitting it.

  12. Gabrielle UpSewLate Avatar

    Oh no, it’s not too over the top – it’s fabulous and exuberant! Love it!

  13. gmariesews Avatar

    OMGoodness! What a fabulous dress. This pattern is on my table and this might just make it jump to the top, who needs another LS-hack? Fantastic – and you look amazing!!


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