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A tale of two BurdaStyle ladies (Anda & Carol)

Added Sep 6, 2010

by sandrasews

Sydney, Australia






These Carol leggings are my absolute favourite, wear them every day, can’t live without, BurdaStyle pattern. I have three identical pairs. I have a long list of problems with store bought leggings including: they’re too short, the waist falls at the wrong spot, the fabric is either too stretchy or not stretchy enough, the elastic rolls, just to list a few. You’d think that such a simple item of clothing would be hard to get so wrong.

My leggings have a high waist, nice thick elastic in the waistband stitched in to prevent rolling, extra extra long so there is some fun bunching at the bottom, and I found the perfect fabric for them. I wear them for yoga in the morning and continue wearing them all day with a dress thrown on.

Which brings me to my fab new Anda. How great is this dress? I know there are lots of comments about making this dress a size smaller. I made it according to my measurements and love the easy fit. Neckline is wider and lower. I also bound it rather than turning the binding under. I left off the casing so I can just sling my choice of belt over it. I plan on making about 10 of these, this pattern is the best excuse to buy whatever great fabric catches your eye.

Material Notes

Dress – cotton voile with gold and black dotty print
Leggings – cotton spandex




Garment Type
Casual, Ethnic
Cotton, Knits/Jersey

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    Jul 4, 2012, 03.05 AMby bethmaryharley

    So cool! I am going to hit the fabric shops now! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Oct 28, 2010, 08.01 AMby annie-core

    Hi Sandra!!! You have inspired me to make my own Anda. Brought the pattern and cut out the material last night and will sew it up tonight. Dying for my lunch break, so I can hit the markets and buy more material! On holidays in New York next week, so a couple of Anda’s will be fab! x An

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      Oct 29, 2010, 09.54 AMby sandrasews

      Annie! Fancy seeing you on Burda!! Yes, go the Anda. It is loose fitting but looks great in soft fabrics. You’ll look great in NYC. xx

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      Oct 29, 2010, 09.56 AMby sandrasews

      Ps. I bet the fabric selection there is cheap and amazing, should send you shopping for me!

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    Sep 14, 2010, 03.38 PMby crisford1

    I love your version! The neckline is much more flattering.

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      Sep 14, 2010, 10.31 PMby sandrasews

      Thank you, I love the boatneck look.

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    Sep 9, 2010, 09.47 PMby wzrdreams

    I think a soft cotton voile would flatter the extra fitting ease in the Anda. I tried to make mine out of a crisp shirt weigth fabric and it just didn’t work. Yours looks fabulous though!

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      Sep 14, 2010, 10.31 PMby sandrasews

      Thanks! I think voile is absolutely ideal for this. I’m now itching to buy Liberty to make this dress in.

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    Sep 8, 2010, 04.51 PMby carottesauvage

    Effortlessly casual chic!

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    Sep 6, 2010, 07.16 PMby nikotina

    simple and perfect, i love the belt and he color of the fabric. isn’t it amazing how every Anda looks different ? And i agree, this pattern is vey much the perfect excuse for fabric Purchasing.

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      Sep 6, 2010, 09.35 PMby sandrasews

      Thanks! I will make any excuse to buy more fabric!

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    Sep 6, 2010, 06.59 PMby hdk100

    You’re right, these two look really good together! So what kind of fabric was that, for the leggings?

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      Sep 6, 2010, 09.36 PMby sandrasews

      The leggings are a cotton with some spandex. It is a light to medium weight with plenty of stretch.

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    Sep 6, 2010, 06.44 PMby abbyzeeble

    Your description as well as the photo convince me that I have to try the anda pattern. Presumbaly it’s really easy without the casing? Really nice outift.

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      Sep 6, 2010, 09.37 PMby sandrasews

      You should really try it. It’s very easy. I taped and cut the fabric while watching Mad Men then sewed it up by the time friends arrived for brunch the next morning.

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    Sep 6, 2010, 05.43 PMby zickzack

    Looks very good on you!!

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    Sep 6, 2010, 04.31 PMby sewella


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    Sep 6, 2010, 01.00 PMby nikkishell

    I love your Anda!

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      Sep 6, 2010, 09.38 PMby sandrasews

      Thank you! I can’t believe I didn’t made it earlier!!

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