Anna Dress

The Story:

I remember seeing By Hand London’s beautiful Anna Dress when the pattern was released years ago: a long, flattering maxi dress with a daring thigh-high split. It looked superb on everyone I saw wearing it, but I convinced myself it wouldn’t look anything like that on me. Fast-forward four years: after seeing many beautiful versions of the Anna Dress, I finally made one for myself. In short, it’s brought me outside my wardrobe comfort zone, and I love it. I should’ve made one sooner!

The Pattern:

There are many Anna Dress pattern reviews out there, so I will keep mine short. The instructions were easy to follow and the dress was quick to make. What took the most time (aside from assembling the pdf pattern) was to hand stitch the split and bottom hem of the skirt. It took some patience but it was definetly worth it! I also love the kimono sleeves and the elegant silhouette created by the pleats of the front bodice.

Apart from removing some length from the skirt (I’m 5’2!), my only alteration was fixing the gaping neckline. I pinched the paper pattern to remove 1/2 inch at the front and 1/2 inch at the back of the neckline and that was it.

The Fabric:

I immediately fell for this amazing lightweight cotton upon finding it at local Madison store Gayfeather Fabrics. It struck me as the perfect “summer to fall” floral, and one that presented numerous pattern-matching options.

And now, some pictures:


Thanks for looking!

16 thoughts on “Anna Dress

  1. Love, love, love this print and the way you used the Anna dress silhouette to best advantage! I’ve been sitting on my own Anna dress because I’m concerned the back will be too broad…

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    1. Hi Mary, Thank you very much your comment! I can totally relate to you, I also had some hesitations before sewing my Anna dress. I’m so happy that I gave it a try as I love the result 🙂


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