The Anna Dress- Pattern and Fabric Review

One of my very favorite pattern companies right now is By Hand London.  I have to admit that I was a little unsure at first- it was hard to see what the dresses would look like once they were made up, but after making my own Elisalex dress and so many versions of the Anna dress, I’m a true believer. If you have been in the shop, you’ve seen this one on my dress form.

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I love this dress.  I feel good in it, and I think that’s exactly what clothes should feel like.  The first time I made it, I did it in a Rayon Challis (which was great).  This time, I decided I’d try this slinky ITY knit. It’s so stinking comfortable, I can’t even tell you.anna dress22

Given that it is a knit fabric, I thought it’d be fun to do a lower back and skip the zipper all together. Yup, no zippy zip. I know, that’s pretty compelling, huh?! Wasn’t it lucky that the wind was kicking during these photos?!anna dress42

I also chose the to put the slit in this time- I didn’t last time. This little detail makes it a great date night dress, of course…  and that’s exactly what we did last night- sushi and a movie!  Good times!  Anyway, you can find our knit fabrics here, and the By Hand London patterns are here.  What’s great about the pattern is that it can be done in almost any fabric- our lightweight denim would be so great in the shorter version, voile or even this silk! Our dress class for April 19th is full, but there’s another date coming on June 21st and 28th.  And there are a few other options for dresses in this class too.  We’d love to have you!

Happy Sewing!


the Finch

Easter Dress – Kids Clothes Week

Some of you may have heard about Kids Clothes Week.  If not, you should check it out.  It’s great fun to see what all the mommy sewists are making for their wee models.  KCW gives all of us mommy sewists a second in the sun- a moment to validate each other.  More than anything, it’s a really nice way to be reminded that you’re not the only one sewing your little fingers to the bone in the wee hours of the morning :).  And of course it’s great eye candy!  Speaking of cute kids…


Picking the fabric is often the part that blocks me from starting a project.  I am really good at over-thinking it (though I secretly enjoy that little bit of self inflicted angst…). I couldn’t stop thinking about how pretty this color would look on my girl….  so step aside, pastel palette, Easter is gonna be vibrant this year!  Plus, it’s Nani Iro…  can you really go wrong with Nani Iro?!  No, of course not.


The pattern is the Racer Back Flare Dress from the Cali Fay Collection. I remember when I found this designer about a year ago- and I thought, wow!  This stuff is good.  I even asked her if I could sell her patterns (don’t worry- I’m going to circle back to her on that…).  Over the course of the year, she’s added on a couple adult patterns, and the new kids patterns are to die for.  I had a few other patterns I was considering for Cassidy’s Easter dress, but I went with this one for three reasons:

1. It’s really darn quick (like I could probably do another one in 2 hours now that the pieces are traced and ready to go).  The bodice is lined.  There are only 6 pieces… total.

2. That shot of her with those little shoulder blades showing- I can’t get enough of that.

3. See how she’s standing all happy and cute? That’s due to the twirl factor.  Mama did alright this time!

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twirl factor…

Twirl Tested, Girl Approved…

aaaaand, this is is the shot that got us to too many….


Happy sewing!


the Finch


April Sip + Sew – Pretty up your Spring!

April Sip and Sew is Up!! We’ll be sippin’ and sewin’ and knittin’ at Shoes (a Finch favorite) on April 28th, hopefully outside and in much warmer weather! This sip and sew will be hand stitching and knitting.  We are going to have a choice of projects for sewists- a beautiful spring flower wreath or an adorable stuffed birdy.  Knitters will be making lovely knit flowers.  We put together projects that are perfect for spring and will give you the opportunity to make something pretty just in time for Mother’s Day!  Just because you’re all grown up doesn’t mean your mom won’t LOOVE a handmade gift. Join us for another great sip and sew,  and take a look at the photos below to see what fun we had Monday’s sip and sew at the Bean Bar.

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Summer Camps are Live!

Summer camps are up on our site right here (more knitting camps will come). I have to say, I am really excited and proud of this line up of classes- I could name so many of your kids right now who I know will love these camps!  Come in the shop for a special coupon to use only this week (did you know we expanded?! it’s pretty awesome!). Do make sure to look at the camps- we have dying, macrame, apparel, knitting, sunprinting, and so much more!

Oh, and a I have 2 spots left in an adult camp coming up in a few weeks- a whole day of sewing, and you’ll be wearing a new dress at the end of it!  See that camp here.

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Project Expansion ~ Save the date for 2 Parties!


Those of you who have been in lately know that we have big news… we’re expanding!!! We just signed on to take over the rest of the bottom floor of our building, more than doubling the space.  We’ve done a lot of growing in the last year, and things are happening exactly as they should.  We are busting at the seams these days!! So much new fabric and yarn, not to mention two new teachers are coming on board (bringing us to 6, total)…  It’s going to be a great Spring and Summer!

I can’t tell you all of the details (you’ll just have to come and see for yourself), but I can say that we will have more sewing classrooms and a dedicated space for knitters to sit and knit. There will also be more room for special events and socials.  Hooray!

This has always been a community oriented place, and so I think it fitting to get you all involved too.  I’d like to invite my students who have taken classes with me before to come this Saturday (March 1st) from 4-6pm for a kids craft party.  We’ll be making things to decorate the new space (and I’ll send the kids home with something too).  Space is very limited.  We are going to take only 10 kids.  Please email me, if you’re interested.

Lastly, we’ll be having a Big Ole’ Reveal Party (cocktails and koolaid… bring the kiddos) on March 14th from 6-9pm.  We’re working on getting some entertainment, and we’ll be showing off the new space complete with handmade decorations by our very own students! No need to RSVP- just come to hang out, have a little champagne, and shop the new space.

Can’t wait to see you there!

xoxo the Finch

We Had a Baby Shower!

We recently had the pleasure of hosting a baby shower with Events in the City, a fabulous Leesburg event planning business (want a hip, fun event?- they’re your girls).  We packed in about 30 women and had a great time making a quilt for little Bella.  The quilt was made with some beautiful silk and cotton fabrics we carry, and many of the guests made comment about how fitting the quilt design was for Mommy to be, Bre. Here are some of the gorgeous photos taken by Sweet Root Village.  Can’t wait to do another one of these soon!










There are so many more wonderful photos… This event was featured on the popular baby style blog, On To Baby- check it out over here!

Have an event that needs a little something special?  Let us know!  We’ll be happy to put together something really memorable.

xoxo, the Finch

March Sip + Sew (and KNIT)


March Sip and Sew is live!! We’ll be going back to the Bean Bar by Wegmans where attendees can enjoy great food, swoon-worthy espresso drinks, and beer and wine too!! We’ll be going with a Spring Spruce Up theme and will be making a canvas tote (think organizer bin) with grommet detailing and rope handles while the knitters will be knitting lavender sachets. There will be two projects for knitters to choose from. 1 for beginners, 1 for experienced knitters. So grab a friend, and join us for a great time!! Sign up here.

xoxo, the Finch