Sometimes a dress comes along that's so #everydayfabulous you just know you're going to need one in every colour, and for every occasion. Well, that's pretty much what happened that fateful day I decided to try drafting a little something I'd had in my head that I thought might make a cute new summer dress. When I first starting working on what became the Hannah wrap dress, I had no intention of turning it into a pattern... until I posted a picture on Instagram which somehow managed to rack up over a thousand likes in under an hour (something that has never happened to me before, or since!). The people had spoken!
Let our pattern testers introduce you to Hannah!
Sophie made this beautiful sunny version of Hannah from a yellow floral viscose from Stoff & Stil. She loved the construction of the ties, pockets and the fact that it "sewed up in a jiffy!"
Find more of Sophie's makes here!
Emily's beautifully romantic version was made from floaty gingham from Pound Fabrics! The bishop sleeves look so wonderful but it was next level inspired to add the ruffle at the hem. It really takes the dress from wow, to WOW! I will definitely be making a ruffle hem version of my own.
Find more of Emily's makes here!
Liliana made this sweet tulip sleeve babydoll version of Hannah in a stiff cotton poplin. She loved the fact it was a quick make with no buttons or zippers. Hooray for easy fit and no fiddly fastenings!
Find more of Liliana's makes here!
Rhea whipped up her Hannah Tunic in a viscose blend from Minerva Crafts, and wore it straight out to #SewCam! We just love it when you're just dying to wear your new makes hot off the sewing machine! Rhea's feedback so perfectly echoed our own feelings about Hannah: "I really like it. For what seems at first glance, a simple garment, a woven wrap dress, it needs so much refinement to actually work and not gape and this delivers! I especially like that the front wrap portion is shaped over the bust not a straight diagonal line, which is one of the little touches I think separates this from others". Thank you Rhea!
You can find more of Rhea's here!
Louise and Lisa of Pattern Pals have both made some beautiful versions of Hannah. Louise used a lovely floral poly viscose fabric she picked up in Walthamstow. Lisa used a viscose crepe from Sew Me Sunshine. The tulip sleeve looks so pretty on them both! If you'd like to see an in depth review of their makes you can watch their vlog review of Hannah here!
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Rachel aka Miss Choo made the type of Hannah dress I'd want to wear all day, every day. Comfy chambray cotton, looks ace dressed down with Converse.
You can find more of Rachel's makes here!
Once again and from the depths of our heart, thank you so so so very much to all of our wonderful testers for testing Hannah! Your eagle eyes, exceptional sewing prowess and patience is what helps us to take a pattern from 90 to 100! And thank you to everyone who has already bought and sewn Hannah! You can follow the hashtag #bhlHannah to see how everyone's been making our latest pattern and get inspired for your own!
If you need any guidance with the fitting and sewing of your Hannah wrap dress, head to this post which is essentially a sewalong round up of all the relevant tutorials we have written that will help you with some of the trickier elements of sewing Hannah.