Completed: A Totally Sheer Anna Dress

21 Oct

I swear, this is my last Anna dress for now!

Sheer Anna

But I mean, look at that fabric – can you blame me? That shit was meant to be amirite?

Sheer Anna

So, this fabric is pretty amazing. I actually bought it way before the pattern was released, with no real project in mind except that I HAD to have it. I found a lonely yardage stashed away at my new work (obviously this was before I started working there, when I was going on weekly visits and soaking up little sewing tricks and tidbits by osmosis) and took home 3 yards.

Sheer Anna

You can’t really tell in the pictures since I am wearing a slip underneath, but this fabric is quite sheer. I’m not really sure what the content is, but it feels (and sews and presses) like a silk organza, maybe with a tiny bit of poly blended in there. For being a sheer fabric, it has a surprising amount of body (again, like an organza). When I first started sewing it, I wasn’t sure how it would look as this dress -the pleats were sticking straight out over my boobs! Fortunately, they seem to have toned down a little, ha.

Sheer Anna

I just loove the print! Little brown leaves, covered in some kind of flocked something (I say flocked, but it almostttt feels like super duper short fur. They’re like, hairy, haha. Oh man, I’m making this fabric sound disgusting right now) and then outlined in sparkly black flocked something. To sum it up in one word: magical.

Sheer Anna

Speaking of things that are magical, I feel like I’ve been using that word a lot lately. I should probably come up with some new adjectives.

Sheer Anna
Sheer Anna

For the pattern itself, I didn’t make any changes apart from the tweaks that were there from my last two versions. I sewed the entire dress using french seams, except I did serge the seam allowance next to the zipper (hairy fabric means sheddy fabric, ugh).

Sheer Anna

Ah! There’s the slip! πŸ™‚

Sheer Anna

The neckline was a little tricky thanks to the sheer fabric – I didn’t want to use a facing because it would show through, and I didn’t want to line the dress because duhhhh what if I decide to go all (lol does anyone else remember that website HAHA) and I can’t because the dress has been lined? I decided to bind it with a strip of black silk organza cut on the bias. Boo on me, my silk organza was actually grey, not black (the hell?) so I had to turn it to the inside and that’s where things went a bit… wonky. It’s ok, but it’s not my best work. If you have a hankering to make a sheer Anna, buy matching silk organza and bind the edges like you normally do with bias tape. It makes it easier to miter the V for a nice sharp point. Just a tip!

Sheer Anna

Also, while we’re being honest with one another, I should let y’all know that I put that tiny bow+button on the neckline to cover my less-than-lovely v-point haha. And of course, now I’m noticing that it’s totally not centered at all and it’s making my eye twitch.

Sheer Anna

I guess it’s tacky to show my bra straps, but idgaf.

Sheer Anna
Sheer Anna

All french seamed and shit

Sheer Anna

Here you can really see the texture of the fabric. Also, isn’t that button on the bow so cute?! I got it in a box of tiny deco glass buttons. This was the only one, so I’m happy to have found a use for it πŸ™‚

Sheer Anna

Despite the french seams and fiddly neck binding, this dress came together VERY fast. Which is good, because I needed it for all the weddings I went to this month (three! Seriously, October, what’s up with that?? Don’t worry, tho, I caught 2 out of 3 bouquets… poor Landon HAHA). I mean, yes, duh I have tons of dresses, but I wanted a faaaaall dress. And here she is! And yay!

Sheer Anna

A couple more things before I let y’all off the hook! One, we have a winner for the ChatterBlossom Giveaway! Random number generator says…



Ding ding ding! Congratulations, Uglybeat! Expect an email from me about right… now πŸ™‚

For the rest of you who need consolation for not winning, may I remind you that the coupon code is still good for the next week! Lladybird15 gets ya 15% off your order through 10/28 πŸ™‚

And because everyone loves coupon codes, we’ve also got one for my newest newest sponsor, She’ll Make You Flip! Use the code LLADYBIRD20 to get 20% off your entire purchase through the end of 2013. Meaning, someone buy this 1940s dress pattern before it accidentally ends up in my shopping cart, thanks πŸ˜‰

Happy Monday, everyone!


46 Responses to “Completed: A Totally Sheer Anna Dress”

  1. Miss Celie October 21, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    This is so pretty! I really like that it’s just a simple slip underneath it too. And congrats on all your good news too!

  2. tinygoldenpins October 21, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    Oh, that fabric! It’s just beautiful and it looks even more so as an Anna!

  3. Marlene October 21, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    This is gorgeous and the leaves seem to match your hair. LOVE your posts and the background in your photos.

  4. Clare Szabo (@Clarebel79) October 21, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    DUDE I love this! Such an awesome dress for this season – it’s pretty, but not too pretty you know? It’s got such a richness to it, which is really beautiful! Great job and really need to make a similar slip soon as I am loving the idea of working with sheer fabrics.

  5. Tasha @ By Gum, By Golly October 21, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    Ooooh what a glam Anna! That’s a great version. Looks gorgeous. The sparklyness of the leaves is so fun. I’m impressed by all your seams and neckline (even if you don’t love it). I start to break out in a sweater if my fabric is even somewhat sheer and I worry about facings. Ugh. πŸ˜›

    (Is it wrong that a little part of me wants to see what that looks like with a white slip underneath just for giggles? lol)

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

      If I had an appropriate white slip, I would post photos for you! Haha!

  6. Carolyn October 21, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Love, love, love the new dress!

  7. Anna October 21, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    Your fabric looks like devorΓ© to me. Very 1920s! V pretty

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

      That sounds about right! Thank you!

  8. Elise October 21, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    Ooh lovely, what a pretty fabric πŸ™‚

  9. rory October 21, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    Gawwwww-jus! I love it.

  10. Roisin October 21, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    WOAH. That is beautiful, and such an unusual autumnal dress! LIKE A BOSS, LAUREN.

  11. weefrills October 21, 2013 at 9:54 am #


  12. Kelly October 21, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    Well, if there ever were a time to over use the word “magical” this is it! Such a beautiful dress! I love that you left it sheer, just in case, and from the photos at least your finishing doesn’t look terrible. This fabric was really meant to be an Anna!

  13. Linda October 21, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    looks like devore velvet to me lovely

  14. Trisha October 21, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    HA. I am laughing at the two bouquets. Poor Landon, indeed!

    Dress looks lovely! I came over to the site specifically to see if you had posted pics. Having seen the fabric in person I can attest that it is indeed magical.

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

      Haha yeah, Landon doesn’t find it nearly as funny as I do πŸ˜› HAHA JOKE’S ON HIM I GUESS!

  15. thenerdyseamstress October 21, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    I love this dress! It looks very lovely on you! I’ve been wanting a sheer Anna dress for a while now, but I haven’t found the perfect fabric. You caught the bouquet! Eek!

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

      I caught TWO! I’m on a roll, haha! πŸ˜€

  16. Brigitte October 21, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    The fabric is beautiful, I totally understand why you had to have it!

  17. Scruffy badger October 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Lurve!!! And it being sheer and having that lovely texture makes it so awesome. I love the hem too….looks so dainty, I’m wondering if you did a rolled hem. Gee I want to make me some midi Annas, yours are so tempting !

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

      It is a rolled hem πŸ™‚ Not too pretty up close, I’m afraid – all the texture was NOT making my rolled hem foot happy. I would have done it by hand, but I finished this the night before I had to wear it so time was of the essence!

  18. Blue Sunday October 21, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    Sexy fabric Lauren!! You go girl!

  19. Gina October 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    I was JUST debating whether I should buy the Anna pattern so I could make one for fall, because I think I have the perfect fabric. I came here because I remembered that you had made a couple of Annas, so I thought I’d check them out to help me make my decision, and lo and behold, you’d made ANOTHER Anna, and this one was for fall! This is clearly a sign that I need to get that pattern, so thanks for being awesome and giving me an excuse to buy another pattern!

  20. Lauren Dahl October 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    This is gorgeous! Looks great on you, and the fabric is awesome. I would love for you to link to it in my weekly selfish sewing linkup here: Hope to see you around! πŸ™‚

  21. Lori October 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    Such a pretty dress.

  22. Marie October 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Such a lovely dress. That fabric is gorgeous.

  23. Marie October 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    It’s sooooo beautiful and faaall-like!

  24. Claire (iwanttobeaturtle) October 21, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    I seriously love this dress. The fabric is just gorgeous and sparkly!

  25. sallie October 21, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    Soooo gorgeous!! Seriously, the Anna dress is the pattern that keeps on giving. Love this in your hairy, sparkly, sheer fabric – which is totally, yes, magical, btw!

  26. Jo October 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    Pretty, pretty! I just finished an Anna too! I’m hoping to be blogging it soon. It doesn’t have a patch on this fine version though πŸ˜‰ you look great and super classy πŸ˜€

  27. Jean October 22, 2013 at 1:09 am #

    Another gorgeous Anna dress. I have the pattern but haven’t found the perfect fabric yet. Your fabric is very special and looks great.

  28. Kim October 22, 2013 at 3:48 am #

    Beautiful Anna! The fabric looks very autumny indeed πŸ™‚ And Anna dresses make perfect-going-to-a-wedding-dresses right? I wore mine to a wedding aswell and got loads of compliments!

  29. Carolyn October 22, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    Oh so pretty! A beautifully subtle homage to fall (I made a dress for Thanksgiving – Canadian – that is much less subtle, lol). I second the (educated) guess that the fabric is devore, with panne velvet – so much better than flocking!

  30. oonaballoona October 22, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    don’t you just love looking at the anna guts when it’s all sheer? i geek out over it!!!

    that fabric IS magical, i don’t know what other word you can use. obviously, look at your bouquet ration.

  31. MAE October 22, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Lookin’ good. I really need to make myself a slip to fit under a few dresses that are far too sheer to wear in public. Or at least any public place that’s not a strip club.

  32. nishi October 23, 2013 at 2:27 am #

    Woah! THREE weddings?! That’s a lot! Everyone I know seems to be getting married at the moment too, but it does give me a great excuse for making dresses (like I need an excuse…!). I love love love this dress and that fabric is perfect autumnal heaven! Such a great chocolatey colour too! The bow look perfect at an angle – very rakish! πŸ˜‰

  33. Pootle and Make October 23, 2013 at 8:31 am #


  34. misscrayolacreepy October 23, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    Ummmmmm you forgot something: #allfrenchseamedandshit πŸ˜‰ xoxo

    Beautiful dress for a beautiful lady!

    • LLADYBIRD October 24, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

      Ok ok, fine, NEXT TIME I will hash tag the blog post too πŸ˜‰ haha

  35. Lelie // A Bouquet of Buttons October 25, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Very pretty dress!

  36. Stacia November 1, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    It’s lovely! I like the sheer fabric!

  37. missjoiedevivre November 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    This is beautiful! Fits you like a glove, gorgeous fabric. I’ve got such a hankering to make an Anna, you’re certainly reinforcing that.

    I think the fabric is burn out or devore, which is lovely stuff. I’ve never figured out what to make with it but this has just told me!

  38. Neeno - Sew Me Love January 22, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

    It’s beautiful ❀


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