Anda Pattern. Easy. Cheap. Hip.

February 21, 2011

I recently bought this Forever 21 dress for only $14.90! The reason I'm guessing it was that cheap is because it is a very simple cut and simple construction. I did need to loosen the elastic on the inside a little because F21 doesn't always get it quite right. But it only took me 10 minutes and I get compliments whenever I wear it. 

It's basically a variation of the Anda Pattern that we created for A Frock by Friday and I'd like to add that Anda is the easiest of dresses to make! This pattern can be done in two hours. And if you cut multiple layers of fabric at a time you could churn enough of these out to have new frocks all week! If you change up the fabric/waistline/neckline/embellishments per dress you could have a lot of frocks that look completely different. For such a simple shape I also have to say that it is surprisingly figure flattering.

If you are just starting to sew I highly recommend beginning with the Anda pattern. And once you master the pattern I'd try altering it (ie lowering the waistline, scooping the neckline, extending the sleeves, adding pockets, belt loops, etc.) Here are a few other Anda variations I've seen.

Stay tuned later today for a DIY closet alternative for those of you who live without space.
Source: Forever 21

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Catherine said... Best Blogger Tips

Great timing! I was just drooling over dresses this weekend and really wanting to try something for myself {but have little sewing experience with clothing}. I'm going to check Anda out and see if I can make one this week. :)

Thanks for sharing!

Melanie Allen {The Domestic Engineer} said... Best Blogger Tips

I made the Anda with you for FBF, but found out once I had finished the dress that the pattern was too big for me! I made the smallest size and it still hung on me. Would you be willing to do a tutorial sometime on how to downsize a pattern?

Sandra Toro said... Best Blogger Tips

jeje I just published one dress, six outfits with just one belt:-)

Barb said... Best Blogger Tips

Wish I had a wasteline that could wear those...

Tennjenny said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute, but that's a top for me because I wasn't blessed with nice legs. :-)

Is Frock by Friday coming back this summer? I wasn't brave enough to try this past year, but I would be bound and determined this year.

Tiffany said... Best Blogger Tips

I looked in my closet one day and realized that most of the dresses I gravitate toward are andas, and your tutorial (and the pattern from burdastyle) turned me into an anda-dress-making-machine. For a while there, they were all I would make/wear! Such a great, easy dress to make when the urge to buy something new comes up and there's extra fabric lying around.

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said... Best Blogger Tips

I love that cut of dress, the fabric in your first photo is so cute! I'd love to make myself one of these!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

your blog = happiness for me to read. thanks :)

rebeccamallary said... Best Blogger Tips

I have a pair of jersey knit PJ pants from when I was about 100 pounds heavier than I am now. They obviously don't fit me anymore. But they are made from adorable fabric that I want to repurpose into a dress. Do you think this pattern would work in knit fabric like that? Thanks!

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

@rebeccamallaryYes, I do! Go for it!

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