the Anna dress (sew along)

tada! Another dress! (try to control your excitement)
I don’t often sew with solids (I’m a print lova), but I fell in love with this little dress when it was all said and done. Something about the simplicity of the design (and slight vintage flair) appealed to me immensely. Plus, I made it with some cheap inexpensive shirting so the whole dress cost about $5 to make. Booyah!
I named it the Anna dress after many Anna’s-my sister (Jo-anna), my soon to be sister in law, Anna, and my good pal Anna, who always is a sewing inspiration.

I love the gathered waist and waistband, and the big white buttons! (ignore that stray thread hanging down on the right side….OH NO now you’re all looking at it!)
STOP LOOKING AT THE THREAD!
Anyways…er haha. I was inspired by a dress from Tulle, and basically copied it except for the back. (their back is a bit carazay!) I did change the sleeves into little puffy sleeves to up the cutesy factor.
Show me the back Sadie! lol. What a poser. In a good way.
It goes without saying that she loves the dress-besides picking at the buttons she left it on! For a whole day! (almost) Which is a small miracle in and of itself. 
My fav part is the lining fabric! peek a boo!
Wanna hear the best part!? I’ll show ya how to make this dress for May’s sew along! Pattern and all, I’ll hold your hand step by step through this dress. Yay! 
Here’s the supply list:
main fabric:
how much  you’ll need depends on your child’s size. I used a yard for a 2T
lining fabric:
again, I used a yard, but I lined everything since my fabric was slightly see through. If you’re using quilting weight cotton for the main fabric, you’ll just need enough to line the bodice. So, 1/2 yd would be plenty in most cases. (I usually use a lightweight muslin for lining, but it’s up to your preferences, of course)
buttons
matching thread
lightweight, iron on interfacing (just enough for the waistband, I used some scraps I had)
that’s it! The sew along will take place next week, May 9-13! So see you there!

P.S. I also have another version I made in a print to show you on Friday. It’s STINKIN’ cute.

Comments

  1. OMG! THE CUTE IS KILLING ME! I’m so making this and maybe this time I’ll actually get some pics of it up on flickr unlike the last sew along.

  2. I’M IN!

  3. LOVE this dress!!! So very cute! I have wanted to participate in one of your sew alongs, this may just be the one! :) So are there really 4 button holes, cuz that scares me!! :)
    Emily
    remiersma@gmail.com

  4. Are you kidding me?! This is darling!! Love your contrast fabric! Guess I’ll have to try button holes again. :)

  5. adorable! BUT ALL I SEE IS THE DARNED THREAD NOW!!! Lol…seriously, really cute :)

  6. I’m a newer follower and haven’t been able to participate in a sew along yet. And I would LOVE to do this one…but…I’m moving this month across the country! It’s just not going to happen. But I will eagerly follow along and hopefully make one later.

    Oh yeah, and since I’m a dork and interested in dressing like my daughter, I would LOVE this one in an adult size. ;) That’s not too much to ask right? Teehee!

  7. I sooooo want to do this in a 4t (possibly 2t as well for my other daughter) BUT I am sooo scared to try because I can’t figure out the tension and I suck at sewing straight lines!

    Any tips????

  8. HA–I went back up to search for the thread and it STILL took me a few to find it :)
    Very adorable–there’s something very splendidly Little House about it (and I mean that in a good way :)

  9. adorable!! something about it reminds me of alice in wonderland… maybe its the little blonde beauty wearing it :)

    i can’t wait to make one. see ya at the sew along.

  10. you are a machine! this dress is adorable, I definitely want to join in the sew along!

  11. you just made me really happy!!!! I can’t wait to make this cute dress!!!!! count me in =D I have the perfect fabric

  12. I cannot control my excitement….thats is SEW cute!!!

  13. Darling! I’m SO in.

  14. Darling! I’m SO in.

  15. Darling! I’m SO in.

  16. Darling! I’m SO in.

  17. Darling! I’m SO in.

  18. Darling! I’m SO in.

  19. Darling! I’m SO in.

  20. Darling! I’m SO in.

  21. Super cute, Jess!!

  22. You astonish me with ur creations…the dress is soo cute….id be joining..this is my first sew-along

  23. This is adorable. I can’t wait to make this for my oldest. What size range will the dress be. I have another little one coming in June and would love to make matching dresses for the girls, even if it would be a Fall dress, it stays hot here in Alabama till December sometimes. Love it!!!

  24. That is beautiful! I love the solid blue and how it’s slightly vintage. I’m going to have to blow this up and make it for myself!

  25. Okay, seriously, you suck me in every.single.time. Can you get any more amazing? (Don’t answer that, I am sure you can.) Jess, I am in love with this one. I think it just might suck me into this sew along. Next week is a CRAZY one for me…so I might be a week behind, but I want to make this dress. Is it dumb to do it if you don’t even have a daughter? Maybe one of my nieces need one???? Or, I just hang it in the closet as a “Maybe someday” Ya, probably not that one. But, I want to make this dress. Love.

  26. You are so ridiculously talented! I want to sew along, making one for me! I’m sharing this on my facebook page. :)

  27. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! I just adore this dress and can’t wait to join in this sew along :)

  28. I love this!! Something else to add to my sewing list. Thanks so much for the sew alongs. I LOVE them!

  29. Wow! I would really want to participate this time! Is it possible to post the pattern drafting part first so I can cut my patterns and fabric over the weekend as I find it a drag to draw patterns and cut from fabric after 9pm on weekdays (after baby is asleep!) after a day’s work. Pattern making and fabric cutting is my least favourite part of clothes sewing, the sewing part is fine and quick though! Hope you will consider!

    Sertyan

    sertyan (at) yahoo.com

    http://sertyan.blogspot.com

  30. im so excited! thank you!

  31. Rohini Thomas says:

    I’ve never done a sew-along but I’m going to join in this one – the dress is gorgeous! I’ve never sewn a button hole before – will that be in the tute-along too?

    Thanks

  32. I have been excited by your sew alongs many times, but have never quite got it together to participate. This time you have got me hook, line and sinker. I am looking forward to sewing with you next week.

  33. Oh My! I am sooo excited about this!! I’m in a crazy dress sewing mood my for little girl, so this is perfect!!

  34. girly girl, I can not believe all that you accomplish. do you sleep? this dress is fabulous (as is the bday one). way to go!
    I’m glad you’re my friend. :)

  35. girly girl, I can not believe all that you accomplish. do you sleep? this dress is fabulous (as is the bday one). way to go!
    I’m glad you’re my friend. :)

  36. girly girl, I can not believe all that you accomplish. do you sleep? this dress is fabulous (as is the bday one). way to go!
    I’m glad you’re my friend. :)

  37. girly girl, I can not believe all that you accomplish. do you sleep? this dress is fabulous (as is the bday one). way to go!
    I’m glad you’re my friend. :)

  38. girly girl, I can not believe all that you accomplish. do you sleep? this dress is fabulous (as is the bday one). way to go!
    I’m glad you’re my friend. :)

  39. girly girl, I can not believe all that you accomplish. do you sleep? this dress is fabulous (as is the bday one). way to go!
    I’m glad you’re my friend. :)

  40. girly girl, I can not believe all that you accomplish. do you sleep? this dress is fabulous (as is the bday one). way to go!
    I’m glad you’re my friend. :)

  41. girly girl, I can not believe all that you accomplish. do you sleep? this dress is fabulous (as is the bday one). way to go!
    I’m glad you’re my friend. :)

  42. Cute! I’m looking forward to sewing along!

  43. Hola, me apunto!!!!, tiene una pinta genial el vestido,un abrazo. olga

  44. Add a white pinafore and Sadie is Alice in Wonderland. Adorable, as always!

  45. I’ll I can think is ALice in Wonderland. Love it!

  46. I cannot wait! This will be my first sew along!

  47. I will be participating! I’m very excited as this will be my first sew-along.

    I have linked up to the sew-along on my blog. http://www.boosie.ca/?p=995

  48. awe!!! you are too sweet jess. I love the dress. the buttons down the front are soo cute! I’m making a few leah tops and then I’m sure one of my little fromps will need a dress. :)

  49. I am *so* in. That dress is adorable. xo

  50. It’s been a while since I have sewn but I’m going to try and join this sew-along. So Cute!

  51. I was about to say Alice in Wonderland… then I saw everyone else thinks so, too! I love that you used a solid for this and LOVE the print peeking out from the inside.

  52. Love love love it. I’m a newer follower to the blog too and I’m sooo in love with it, and you for that matter, you crack me up!

    Count me in!

  53. That is absolutely darling! I wish I had a little girl to make this for!

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