Dreamy sleeves

A review of Anna Allen Anthea Blouse and Dress

Reviewed by RubyRosesSews on 15th May, 2021

I was actually part of the testing process for this blouse, which was super exciting. The Anthea Blouse is a versatile pattern that comes with 2 different versions, dress and blouse and 2 sleeve lengths. I love Anna Allen’s patterns; they are just beautiful. They are easy styles that always have different views and are easy to hack and adapt.


I am actually 6 month pregnant in this photo, but the loose sizing of the waist allowed me to make my usual size. I made a US size 6 but I added 7 inches to the hem so its more of a tunic style and works with my bump.


I bought this lovely linen remnant from a fabric shop in town, my first shopping trip since lockdown. The Anthea blouse came with quite a few techniques that I usually avoid, bias binding, button holes and set in sleeves. I decided to follow the pattern really carefully step by step, to help with testing. But also, to make these techniques less of a chore.

When I started making it, I wasn’t sure if the pattern was for me, or if I would just end up with one for the test. But not only did I end up with a garment I loved I really enjoyed the process. I enjoyed being careful and slow with my binding and sewing my buttonholes. I especially love the statement sleeves.


If you want to read a full review of the making of the Anthea Blouse check out my blog: