I am struggling to overcome the drab drab grey of this garment, so please bear with me!
I actually find the Anais pattern to be very appealing. The sleeves, the hemline, the vibe, just something…
And I thought it would make a cozy flannel house dress. Some notes:
- I sewed size 10, which is a nice fit.
- Irritating – the pattern has 3/8″ seam allowances, which is ridiculous for a woven fabric. I drafted my pattern with 1/2″ SA’s, thereby doubling the time needed to draw each piece. But worth it, as I didn’t lose any seam allowances while handling and sewing the garment. Cut edges on flannel will ravel, pull, and fluff …
- The wide cuff is very comfortable and is a nice design feature.
- I changed the shape of the pocket to be wider and fuller, using a favorite pocket from a BurdaStyle dress. I’ve never seen anything like the Anais version, kind of like a broken peanut!
- And I topstitched the pocket to the front. I cannot stand a pocket flapping around in a dress!
- The deeply curved hi-lo hemline is another great feature, although hemming it was not easy! In the end, I serged the edges, folded once, and topstitched.
- Which brings me to the collar, which I don’t like at all. It’s so unremarkable, I think it just gets lost.
So, here’s what I’m thinking. I plan to do another, but (1) in a better color and fabric, (2) with some variation of patch pockets instead of the in-seam version, (3) with hem facings, and (4) with the collar from Simplicity 7051.
As for this version, well, I messed with a tunic length, then salvaged all those lovely buttons and binned the whole thing. I’m happy not to see grey flannel for a while!!