It’s all about Anthea!

A review of Anna Allen Anthea Blouse and Dress

Reviewed by LouiseFoldLine on 17th May, 2022

Sometimes a pattern comes along that changes everything… enter a me-made wardrobe full of garments with puff sleeves!

The pattern itself is straightforward to sew and has a really nice finish inside. The neckline and button placket are finished with bias binding (you have a pattern piece to make it or you can use pre-made), I found it a great opportunity to use a contrast binding so it looks really pretty on the inside.

It’s a relaxed fit, so if you prefer a tighter fit you may want to size down. I find its really nice to have the ease to tuck into jeans. These sleeves are a thing of beauty, you really do have to make it to see what the fuss is all about! I cannot (and will not) stop making this pattern! I’ve made a couple of the blouse in linen and cotton (the main image is shirting cotton). I’ve made the dress in a lightweight denim with pearl  snaps instead of buttons and I’ve also hacked this into a dress with a square neckline (using the Friday Pattern Company Square Neck Top neckline with mods). I love them all and can definitely see more Anthea’s in my sewing future. It’s definitely a pattern that gives me a lot of joy to sew!