Sunday, May 29, 2011

My lovely Amy Butler Anna Tunic

I finally got some well needed sewing time. And while we've been working on that Vogue dress forever I'm glad to say I am very happy with the results and it went together very nicely. I think I spent a total of four hours on this one.
I have made this pattern before, so I had a nice idea how it went together. I used a very sheer navy cotton voile with a stretchy lace as an overlay and for the bow. The lining is made of white muslin. When making this version I made sure my lining fit very well and transferred those marks onto my navy fabric. That worked out well and I had a much nicer fit on this one.

Here is the back of the dress. The yoke did not match up perfectly, but I was scared to pick it out for fear of snagging the lace. I figured it was close enough. The buttons are just cheapies from Joann's.

One modification I made was the belt the pattern calls for a long tie belt. I originally wanted to do a belt with a lace overlay with a navy bow, but I had only bought a 1/2 yard of lace, and it just didn't pan out. So I made this belt instead. I put two hook and eyes to hold it shut in the back. The bow I made from a tutorial I believe I had seen for something else on The GOOd Life web site. Anyway I think it turned out quite well. I do think I will make the mail navy piece of the belt and use an interfacing. The belt is so think it wrinkles up a lot.
Here is a cheeky secret. I ran out of muslin so my lining was quite short. To add a bit of length I added some lace at the bottom. My navy is so sheer you can actually make out the lace. I think it is fun. This was a good dress making experience!

I even got to wear it out on a date with Mr. Thinks He Can. We went to Niko Niko's which was recently featured on the Food Channel, and one of our favorite spots, followed by The Hangover II. Not a bad night!


  1. It looks lovely! I am a sucker for anything made up in navy. :]

  2. Thanks Rebecca! I've been really into navy myself lately. I liked your shorts BTW!

  3. Looks great! I adore the lace (both outside and inside the dress! lol

  4. This dress is amazing. I want one now!