25.3.14

Anne's Puffed Sleeves | The Finished Product!!


"It is ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable." - Anne Shirley

Hello, dear readers! After months of planning and three weeks of snail-paced sewing - it's finally here: Anne's Puffed Sleeved Gown of Torture. I'm kidding - slightly - but it was such a relief to throw this in my costume closet after the final stitch was sewn. Thank goodness. Ironically, the next day I started sewing another dress for a Civil War Ball - but that's a different story.

SUPPLIES USED
  • Five yards of sky blue cotton - JoAnn Fabrics (appox. $15 thanks to sales and coupons)
  • Cheap fake chiffon - Wal Mart ($0 - I stole it from an old ballet costume)
  • Lace - from my fabric stash
  • An old white sheet - thrift store ($2.50)
  • An 18" zipper ($3)
  • Butterick Pattern B5970 - JoAnn Fabrics ($1 on sale!)
  • McCalls Pattern M4548 - Goodwill ($0.50)
Thrift stores are your friends: Sheets are super handy for lining any dress - plus, they're positively cheap and comfy. I used the chiffon + leftover lining for the sash.

The Bodice
I used view B in the Butterick pattern. I omitted the boning (uncomfortable!) and added an extra 5/8" on the back panels to allow for a zipper. After the dress was finished, I hand-sewed a wide ruffle from the leftover cotton fabric to "frame" the lace yoke.

The Sleeves
The lower sleeves were from view A of the Butterick pattern but I drafted the ginormous sleeve puff based on this tutorial here. I was extremely disappointed to discover the sleeves had to be almost entirely hand-sewn. It took me a good long afternoon for those wretched sleeves! The sleeve instructions were impossibly complicated on the pattern, so I ignored all the sleeve facings and just finished them off with some handy-dandy bias tape.

The Skirt & Sash
I used the McCall pattern for the skirt - shortening it almost by half and leaving an opening for the zipper. The sash was a copy of an old bridesmaid's sash that I discovered while rummaging in our dress-up box.

14 comments

  1. You did an amazing job on Anne's most coveted dress - in fact all of the costumes you've sewn for the play look amazing!

    Great job, Bethany!

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  2. Oh my word!! It looks exactly like the dress in the movies. Great job! :)

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  3. Wow! You did a great job!

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  4. I have no idea what the instructions mean because I don't sew. But the dress is super pretty. I think you should sell these or be a costume designer.

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  5. This dress is so well done! Fantastic job.

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  6. @ Kendra - I don't know what sewing instructions mean either. That's why half the time I lose the instructions and just make it up as a go along. A highly horrible idea. :)

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  7. *jaw drops*

    You are the perfect Anne. THE PERFECT ANNE.

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  8. This. This is awesome. I always envied Anne's puffed sleeved dress growing up. ...Okay, yeah, I still do. ;) You did an amazing job!

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  9. Oh wow! You did an awesome job! It looks so much like the one in the movies!!!

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  10. Love how the blue dress complements your beautiful red hair! :)

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  11. Wishing big here, but would you be willing to sell or rent this dress? Our homeschool group is doing this musical this spring and I'm looking for this dress!

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    1. @ Sara - Hey! I have a lot of really sappy emotional ties to my costumes (even though I have a love-hate relationship with them) and I really can't see myself parting with them. :( I know there's not a lot of options online costume wise (eep!) but I'm thinking maybe some BIG ugly 1980s/90s dresses might have some poofy sleeves that would *maybe* suite Anne's taste?

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