Anna Dress - By Hand London

Woohoo! I finally have my own Anna Dress! I was drooling for months over all the wonderful versions found online. I traced it off the minute I picked it up from the mail, and within two days I had my very first Anna Dress. Why first? Because there will be many more to come. 

I consider this first version my wearable muslin. My measurements put me in a size 6/10. I cut it out and ,without any alterations, it fits perfectly. I love when that happens.

Now seeing myself in the pictures I don't think the quilting cotton makes it look too stiff, but I don't think I will make it again in this kind of fabric. It just calls for more drape. The stiff quilting cotton makes the sleeves stand out too much, which doesn't flatter my wide shoulders. But that is just a personal preference. I am also not too flattered about the length. It should be shorter. Next time I will make it either above knee or maxi length. Again, just a personal preference.

I will let my dress form model for the close up and the inside out view. Does anyone have an idea where to get a dress form stand from? Mine came without one, but also was dirt cheap because of that.

Something is off in this shot. The dress really isn't that crooked in real life.

All seams are finished with my serger. I thought the facing could have been a bit narrower. Something to change the next time. The side seams of the bodice should be finished before sewing the seams. It makes for a neater finish. 

It confused me a bit that they don't call for staystitching the neckline. Also there is no mentioning of understitching the facing. I did it anyway. Just a couple of things I have to put in my notes for the next version.

 Here a back view of the inside. Also the back seam is best finished before putting in the zipper. It is a very versatile and flattering dress. Easy and quick to make. 

I made already a second one in a polyester silk from JoAnn's, and are planning a maxi length version in cotton voile. Other ideas are adding a circle skirt. Oh, the possibilities!

Pattern Description:
An effortless dress featuring double pleats at the bust, kimono sleeves and a panelled a-line skirt. Variations include both slash and v-neck options, plus midi and maxi skirt possibilities and a dramatic thigh high split. Super quick and simple to make, cut it short for the perfect festival dress, or make it worthy of the red carpet with a maxi skirt and thigh high split. (from website)

Pattern Sizing:
2 - 16 (Bust 32" - 45")
I made a size 6 (true to my measurements)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, but I don't think I will make it again from quilting cotton. Rather stick to fabrics with some drape.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy instructions. There is a sew-along on their website Here

I was a bit surprised that there is no stay stitching of the neckline, or understitching of the facing.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
There is nothing to dislike

Fabric Used:
Quilting Cotton
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I understitched the facing (not mentioned in the instructions)
I would suggest finishing the seam allowances of the side seams before sewing the seam. Also finishing the back seam allowances before putting in the zipper. But that also depends on if one is lining the dress. 
No fitting alterations.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I highly recommend this pattern. It is very versatile (one could add another kind of skirt, like many have), and easy and quick to make. Very beginner friendly with a great outcome.

I see many more Anna dresses in my future


Anonym hat gesagt…

This is a beautiful Anna. The cotton doesn't look stiff at all. Your facing work is perfect. Good idea to understitch. I really love the print you used. I'm sure you'll make several of these. Looks great on you.

Lady Stitcher hat gesagt…

Gorgeous! The fabric looks great, it doesn't look too stiff in the photos and the print is lovely. Looking forward to seeing more lovely Annas from you! :)

Giggles hat gesagt…

It looks beautiful. After seeing so many of the Anna's in very drapey fabrics it is very good to see one that is made differently. I have it on my to do list, so your post came at a very good time :-)

Megan hat gesagt…

Hallo Katrin! It was so nice to meet you yesterday, and the dress was SO pretty in person. Did you ever make the multi-tasker tote? I LOVE that bag - so many great pockets. It's my favorite bag to take on the plane, and I made one for my sister-in-law that she uses every single day.

Kathrin Hain hat gesagt…

Thank you! All the nice comments on this dress (here and on pattern review) gave me more confidence in wearing it out. I did yesterday for the first time and got many more compliments, even from my dentist :)

@Megan: It was great meeting you too, I had a lot of fun. Hope to see you again next week :)
I made the Multitasker Tote once for a friend, and it is on my Project List for myself, also the Art Student Tote.