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Purple Anda Dress

Added Mar 14, 2008

by flowerhead

Brooklyn, New Yo...






This is a variation on the Anda dress. I lowered the waist, created a seam at the waist line and an elastic casing on the inside rather than a drawstring. I also added a decorative ruffle to the collar, to give it that something extra. The material was a challenge. Its some kind of synthetic jersey with a small pleat. Love it, but frustrating. I’m not too experienced with knits but the pattern was simple enough. Overall, love how it came out, Anda is a great pattern.

Material Notes

purple synthetic knit with a small pleat





Burdastyle – Anda pattern

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    Mar 15, 2010, 07.03 AMby cristalle

    Really cute!

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    Feb 16, 2010, 10.41 PMby minirice

    love it, beau neckline!

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    Nov 20, 2009, 06.18 AMby smallone

    wow….am loving your far more sophisticated version…so much this may just have jumped to the top of my to do’s :) I was looking to see how you could Trink Turk (not sure this is a verb but you get what I mean) this pattern – and here is yours, it’s even in a Trina like color and fabric. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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    Aug 24, 2008, 05.35 PMby sewiknittoo

    how do you go about lowering a waist? and did you add the elastic casing to the inside? I’m asking because I’m thinking about altering this pattern to look like this dress (because i haven’t found another pattern)

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    Aug 23, 2008, 07.26 PMby whitneyphippen

    This is gorgeous! I love the color and the ruffles. What made you think to do that? xo

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    Jul 16, 2008, 05.30 AMby nicola82

    Perrrfect! Lovely colour, drapes just beatifully. Elegant and interesting!

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    May 17, 2008, 07.21 AMby starrgirl

    I love it! great color and great idea to add the ruffle. I just may do something like that…

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    May 14, 2008, 11.01 AMby sharki

    I really interested in how you adapted the pattern – its very beautiful! I have just downloaded the Anda pattern and you have really inspired me to try & make it different for me! thanks.

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    May 12, 2008, 10.17 PMby Angela Ashley Chiew

    Great colour and i love the collar too – so cute. How did you do that?

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    May 10, 2008, 07.02 AMby skelley

    I LOVE what you’ve done with the pattern. Very Audrey Hepburn, bless her heart. How did you do the collar?

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    Apr 3, 2008, 09.49 PMby reneebeth

    Wonderful! When I get back in the vicinity of a sewing machine, I’m going to make something with an elastic casing.

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    Apr 3, 2008, 08.04 AMby flowerhead

    ReneeBeth, Thanks, i’ll take it as a compliment, cause i’m a bit of an old lady and i love vintage! lowering the waistline was easy. I cut the pattern pieces and then cut at the natural waistline, where i created an elasting casing, which is easier than it sounds. Once you have created the seam at the waistline, press the seam down and stitch the seam to the skirt leaving an opening at one side. This creates a tunnel where you then run the elastic through. Stitch elastic together at side opening and close opening and Voila!

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    Apr 1, 2008, 05.45 PMby reneebeth

    This looks like something my grandma would have worn when she was young—which is a compliment—timeless, elegant! I’m pretty new to sewing and also want to make an Anda with a lowered waistline…was it tricky to lower it?

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    Mar 27, 2008, 02.45 PMby polychromatin

    I wasn’t a friend of the Anda patterns, but your Anda looks so great! Nice alterations!

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    Mar 24, 2008, 06.46 AMby hejin

    I love your version. It looks uber classy. The great thing about these free patterns is that they’re so adaptable!

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    Mar 16, 2008, 08.29 AMby whitetigerlily711

    i love this dress, but you should include a picture to see the whole dress. the fabric is pretty cool too.

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    Mar 14, 2008, 10.18 AMby kallers

    I love the ruffled color. The Anda looks great in such a flowing fabric.

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    Mar 14, 2008, 09.57 AMby bally-ball

    It is very beautiful. I like the colour, the choice of fabric and especially the ruffle collar. Would you be able to share your technique of making the collar?

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    Mar 14, 2008, 09.28 AMby katiec

    I love the collar, it really makes the dress! and great color fabric…good job!

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    Mar 14, 2008, 08.04 AMby flowerhead

    Thanks, I’m having trouble with my uploaded pics. The vertical pictures I took are being cropped and so instead of a full length photo, only the bottom half is showing. Does anyone know how I can fix this? I’ll try to fix later and post some better pics.

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    Mar 14, 2008, 07.18 AMby kasia26

    I like the pleated fabric a lot! Simple dress, yet looks soo elegant!

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