Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Silk & Cotton Delight

My Anna Dress is coming along nicely for Sewing Indie Month!

I have been hoarding this cotton/silk jacquard for quite a few years.  There have been a few patterns that made me think about using it, but they never seemed perfect, until now!

The yardage came from a Bella Notte Linens warehouse sale – after measuring it, I believe this piece was intended for a king size sheet (it is really, really wide).  There were a few discolorations here and there, which is probably why it ended up where it did, but the imperfections were easy enough to cut around.  And I even have leftovers for another project.

My muslin was cut at the shorter length, so I measured from the raw edge to the floor while wearing it -  that meant that I could take four inches off each skirt piece.  Which is so much better than having to cut precious fabric off the hem later on.

I adore working with silk and cotton blends.  The fabric is gorgeous and also easy to handle.

Most of the skirt seams are French seams.

Because the fabric is rather lightweight, I thought this was the best option.

And, of course, the front slit means the insides of the garment may be visible at times.

Oh my goodness, I love this fabric!

I used seam binding on the zipper seam, of course - can't have my Hug Snug feeling neglected.

And the slit seam was turned under and stitched in place.

It is finally starting to look like a dress!

[The pattern for this project was received in exchange for my contributions as a Sewing Indie Month sew-along host]


  1. I've just finished an Anna. It's the most gorgeous pattern, I love the bodice. Great fabric, I can tell it's going to look stunning when finished.

  2. Looks like it's going to be gorgeous. I like the release darts in the bodice, and the finish on the slit seam in particular.

  3. I love, love love, this pattern. Wore my Anna today, and kept on dreaming about new versions I must make. Can't wait to see what yours shall look like

  4. Simply lovely. I can't wait to see your finished dress.

    I have a few different silk/cotton fabrics in my stash. I'll have to use one for the Anna.