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Anna top

Added Jan 22, 2009

by ichigogirl

Stockholm, Sweden






This material used to be my great grandmother’s shirt-dress (she died two years before I was born). My grandmother kept it in her stash in the basement (a treasure-grove) for nearly 30 years before I found it, brought it home, and made new pieces of clothing from it. I love the material, you can’t seem to find material of that quality nowadays (well, you CAN, but you have to go to Japan first…). I’m glad I have a grandmother who knew better than to throw things with potential away! I made the pattern from my own basic pattern.

Material Notes

Printed cotton, ribbon




Garment Type


My grandmother for keeping my great grandmother’s day-dress

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    Apr 26, 2012, 05.18 AMby Elena Hoh

    What did you do in the ways of closure down the front? Also, I had many problems with the measurements of this top— it was supposed to be a little big (my bust is 31)but ended up with so low cut that I couldn’t wear it— was I supposed to enlarge it before printing?

    Thank you, it’s a beautiful pattern :)

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      Apr 26, 2012, 04.29 PMby ichigogirl

      Ah, sorry about not posting any instructions! I used a grosgrain ribbon in the front, and hand sewn, rather small snap buttons behind it.
      The pattern is in scale 1:1, no scaling needed. Did you set the printer to “don’t scale”?
      Sorry to hear you can’t wear it, I hope you find out what went wrong!

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    Sep 21, 2011, 09.41 AMby Elleduncan

    i love the style. simple but beautiful

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    Jun 27, 2010, 09.10 PMby bopippdo

    It’s already fix…the pattern is fine, just forget that I have the bust pieces to seam it together. It’s almost done. I sew it with hand, because I don’t have sewing machine. But the the size is too small, usually I also use size 36 European size. A little bit pity actually, but thank you very much for the pattern :D. I still need to find out how to make it in a bigger size….but if you have it, I will be happy to use it. Honestly, I learn sewing by myself by looking the informations on internet. And this site is really handy.

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    Jun 25, 2010, 10.44 PMby bopippdo

    First, I want to say thank you for the pattern. Now I try to make it, but I found a problem…the front piece (the bust) which the seam have to gather (the curve line) are not same long as the front piece 2 (the up pieces). So the number 3 pieces don’t have the same length…How you solve this?? Thanks before..

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      Jun 27, 2010, 08.31 PMby ichigogirl

      Hm, I’m not sure I understand your question… but the bust (no2) should be gathered to fit the lower front piece (no 1). The side-seam of piece 1 + 2 when combined and the side seam of piece no 3 should be the same length.
      I’m sorry I still haven’t made any instructions, but I think if you look carefully at the little chart of where each pattern piece end up it should make sense.
      I hope I answered your question!

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    Jun 8, 2010, 07.07 AMby smartalex999

    lovely top! thanks for the pattern!

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    May 6, 2010, 03.01 AMby hstorm799

    Great pattern! Did you know that, as of today, the pattern is still listed under PikkuPossu’s creations? That has got to be annoying. Can’t believe that they haven’t fixed that yet… Thanks for the pattern. We all appreciate the work that you put into getting it out there for all of us.

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      May 6, 2010, 07.21 AMby ichigogirl

      Oh, thank you for letting me know! I can’t believe it either, they promised me to fix it in september, hrm…
      I’m glad you like the pattern! People using the posted patterns is such a reward, I love to see them change them to their own taste, or use them just as they are, it’s like they get a new life, fun!

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      May 6, 2010, 11.47 AMby ichigogirl

      Seems to be solved now, yey!

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    Dec 2, 2009, 01.31 PMby akiyo

    i love this Patterns ! thank you ♡

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    Nov 11, 2009, 04.01 AMby edier

    Hi! i’m having trouble downloading the file, maybe i’m doing it right but when the PDF file opens, the test squares never match. Is this because I have to print it first, or could i just be confused about the way the new site works. I really like this pattern, please help!!

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      Nov 11, 2009, 08.50 AMby ichigogirl

      Hm, I don’t really understand what could be wrong – if anything is wrong – but you should print it first. The original is in A4-size-pages, so if you print it on any other size paper make sure the setting is on “don’t scale” or somthing similar. That might be good even with A4-paper since some printers add a border and shrink the pages a bit by default. Print the page with the test-square first, measure it and if it’s right print the other pages with the same settings.
      I hope this answer helps you!

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    Sep 29, 2009, 10.39 PMby sevdaerikli

    very nice :)

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    Aug 24, 2009, 10.03 AMby seemane

    I’m confused :( … on the “old” BurdaStyle website this Project (formerly known as ‘Creations’ on the old site) was accompanied by IchiGoGirl’s excellent pattern called Anna… but on the new site the pattern is incorrectly titled as “A rose is a rose” (found here: http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/a-rose-is-a-rose) and is incorrectly attributed to memember PikkuPossu (but the text in the NOTES for it are correct).

    These are the correct details from the old-site:-

    Pattern (from old-site): http://old.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/4009 Creation (from old-site): http://old.burdastyle.com/creations/show/18058

    Can BurdaStyle.com please fix the links in the new -site (i.e. this one) please?

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      Aug 25, 2009, 08.27 AMby ichigogirl

      Hi! Thank you Seemane for helping me out! I’ve posted about this in the discussion-section of Burdastyle several times, but nothing has happened. So, I got tired of waitning and reposted the pattern myself, which meant I had to change the name of the project. But at least now it’s connected to me and my creation again!

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    Jul 10, 2009, 10.59 AMby bluemouse

    I agree with dressdummy, it looks great on you. I’d like to try that for my daughter, she’s small like you :)

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    Jul 1, 2009, 09.38 AMby imvisible

    jeeuhj a pattern! thank you!

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    Jun 29, 2009, 01.27 AMby lybu

    What a lovely top. Thank you for the pattern.

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    Jun 29, 2009, 12.46 AMby camilaustral

    nice!! thanks for the pattern :)

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    Jun 28, 2009, 02.03 PMby Katarina32

    What did you use for the closures in the front?

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    Jun 28, 2009, 07.39 AMby victors

    Beautiful ;)

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    Jun 27, 2009, 03.07 AMby gray

    That really is gorgeous…..

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    Feb 14, 2009, 07.54 PMby wzrdreams

    That is a lovely story. I am sure this piece will have now have even more sentimental value. It is very pretty on you. Your great grandmother would be delighted.

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    Feb 5, 2009, 12.58 AMby ichigogirl

    Thanks a lot all of you! I’m so so glad you like it :-)!

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    Jan 29, 2009, 01.51 AMby bola

    Lovely and sweet Karin!

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    Jan 23, 2009, 04.12 PMby justmica

    It’s very, very cute!!!

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    Jan 23, 2009, 10.13 AMby erdronen

    beautiful top! it looks great on you! sounds like you found an awesome fabric source :)

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    Jan 22, 2009, 09.49 PMby reneebeth

    Really lovely! Looks like a great summer top to me.

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    Jan 22, 2009, 05.02 PMby dressdummy

    The fabric from your great grandmother’s dress looks fresh and modern on you, and your shirt looks beautifully constructed. It fits you perfectly. I’m glad you have some close-up photos of the fabric so we can see the texture of it. Vintage fabrics are so interesting!

    I have a quilt that looks to be made from a variety of dress and shirt fabrics from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. It’s fascinating to inspect the weaves, textures, colors, and designs from those decades. Do you know when your great grandmother’s dress was made?

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