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The “Pantone Anna” Dress

Pantone Anna 3

The Facts

Fabric: Silky 100% polyester something or other from the clearance bin at Hancock’s $8

Notions: None!

Pantone Challenge colors: Acai, Carafe, Linden Green, Deep Lichen Green, & Turbulence

Pattern: By Hand London Anna $23

Year: 2013

Time to complete: 4 hours (including unpicking the zipper twice!)

First worn: For these photos

Wear again? Absolutely

Total Cost: $31

This is my submission for the Sew Weekly Reunion Pantone Challenge. When the theme was announced I realized I didn’t have anything in my stash that would suit so I decided to check out Hancock’s clearance sale to see if I could come up with something. I immediately snatched up this fabric for $2.47 a yard! Sew Busy Lizzy posted several versions of the By Hand London Anna dress so I jumped on the bandwagon and ordered the pattern from We Sew Retro to cut down on shipping costs.

The Anna dress is deceptively easy to sew. I had to grade up the pieces to fit my hips and make the arm openings about an inch longer but other than that the pattern went together well. Anna does call for an invisible zip but after a couple of tries I wasn’t happy with how it looked (more sewer than pattern!) so I simply stitched up the back and called it a day. I think the main reason my dress didn’t require a zip is because I am extremely pear shaped so it was very easy to get over my head.

Though the fabric colors fit perfectly with the challenge, I don’t usually work with such slippery fabric and it was a P-A-I-N to sew. The fabric also raveled like crazy so I had to serge everything just to get the dress together. I am not completely satisfied with the seams along the waistband so next time I will try my hand at french seaming to see if the look is more streamlined.

Overall though I think the dress is very flattering and I especially love the bodice. The pleats work perfectly to accentuate a smaller waist while giving you enough room in the bust. I already have the fabric for two more Anna dresses and may even try the maxi length with the thigh high split like Heather Lou’s fabulous version! Have you tried this pattern yet? If so, how did you like it? If not, what are you waiting for???

Pantone Anna 4

 

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About sullivan1970

40 something wife and mother of 3 Dog lover. Crafter. List maker

17 responses »

  1. I’m loving seeing the various SWR contributions coming up on the various blogs I follow on Bloglovin!

    This is a really nice version of the Anna dress. I love the fabric you picked, even though I can appreciate it was a pain to sew. It goes well with the pattern and the colours are gorgeous (well of course they are- I absolutely love the palette we had to pick from!). It looks like it’s a comfortable dress to wear.

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    • I love the color palette too. Everything is kind of muted but very saturated. I plan to wear this dress to church tomorrow so I will get a good idea of how comfortable wearing it will be.

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  2. OOh so excited to see everyone’s submissions coming out. Lovely dress. We had such beautiful colors to work with and it’s fun to see a bunch in one item!

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  3. pretty! and 4 hours? congratulations!

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  4. Your new dress looks great. The fabric is very pretty and what a great deal!

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  5. Very lovely dress. I just love the fabric and all the colour combinations in it!!

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  6. Your dress is lovely. I have never been able to make anything in four hours! Congratulations! I will have to add that pattern to my ever growing pattern stash.

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  7. Oh Jeri it looks really good on you! Love the shorter version too, and your fabric is lovely! Very Autumnal.

    Reply
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