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Anna Dress

By Hand London

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.

Lightweight woven fabrics with a bit of body are ideal – rayon, silk crepe de Chine, silk charmeuse, chiffon, wool crepe etc. However, stable fabrics will work too, such as – quilting cotton, lawn, batiste, shirting, voile, Broderie Anglaise, silk habotai etc. Try stitching pennies into the hem to give your skirt more schwing!

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Additional information

Fabric

Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe, Linen

Size

6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

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4 out of 5 stars

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  1. Anna Dress

    LivingOnAShoestring

    Love this pattern – I made it in lace with a silk lining and everything was easy to follow – great instructions and the sizing was spot on!

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  2. Anna Dress

    Thumblenina

    Fantastic pattern – super easy to sew and fit almost perfectly straight away! I’d reiterate @redwsews comment about the length though – I purchased significantly less than the pattern stated (2.6m as opposed to 3m), made it long enough to wear with 4-inch heels and still have enough left to make a little top (I’m 5’2). I did also have the minor gaping issue with the back neckline that a lot of bloggers have mentioned; I solved this on this first version with some small, barely visible darts, and next time will take the excess out of the pattern before cutting my fabric. Mine was made up in ‘Mulan’ rayon from Sew Over It. I’ve worn it to two weddings now – one in Vegas! – and it always gets compliments. I’ve never loved a maxi dress this much!

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    suziecreates

    I´ve made this dress out of silk satin for a wedding last year. As I didn´t like the shine of the fabric I used the matte wrong side. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. I have a hourglass figure in EU36. The dress fitted perfetly with just a few minor alterations (raising the darts for about a centimeter) and feels wonderfully comfortable to wear. I paired the dress with Converse which matched the lenght niecly.

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    redwsews

    I’ve made this dress 4 times now and love it. It is beautifully written, very clear to follow, particularly when combined with the sew along on the blog.
    This first version was made in a drapey (cheap!) rayon and actually I love how it turned out. I did need a FBA but again the instructions were great.
    I do find it very long (which is surprising as I’m 5’7″) so if you’re more petite or prefer flat shoes / short skirts, bear that in mind, you might be able to save a little fabric!

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