Hot! The “Keeping It Simple” Dress

The Facts:

Fabric: 2.5 yards of a cotton blend material from a thrift store (purchased as 3.5 yards for $6.00)
Pattern: Burda Anda
Year: May 2009
Notions: 25 inches of 1/4″ elastic
Time to Complete: ~ 4 hours
First Worn: January 6, 2012
Wear Again: For sure!
Total Price: ~ $4.50

Keeping it simple was my goal for the challenge this week. Ok, who am I kidding, this is going to be my mantra for the whole year. I have this nasty habit of taking a pattern and changing it all about…it’s never, ever worked out for me. I think it has to do with my impatience and the fact that I’m a lazy sewer. Hmph.

I wanted to keep my garment easy to construct and let the fabric be the tie between the accessory and the dress. The Anda was the perfect choice and was easy to resize once I did some google sleuthing. From there it was off to my local thrift shop where I found the beautiful green fabric with bronze tones and designs similar to those on my bracelet!

After the resizing, the dress came together very quickly. I really despise making bias tape so I hem rolled all the edges using the technique in this tutorial. To be honest, I think it looks so much nicer with a rolled edge than it would have with bias tape.

Between the bracelet and dress, I still felt I needed a little something else to make the look complete. I had some fabric scraps left over, so I decided to make a simple clutch.

My "quit talking and take the picture, I'm freezing!" face



Emma Simuns is a fashion loving, penny pinching girl who has just started a love affair with all things vintage.


Comments are closed.

  1. Lol at the freezing face! I love the color, great dress. :)

  2. The fabric, pattern, and bracelet go so well together! Beautiful job!

  3. Anda is one of my favourite patterns! Love your choice of fabric too :)

  4. That is some beautiful fabric, and it goes so well with your colouring. Nice! I’ve got to make me another Anda, but this time using a fabric with more drape. My first attempt was with a stiff cotton and it put me off the pattern (that’s it, blame the pattern rather than my skills as novice sewist….)

    I vote that we should all start putting our outake photos at the end of each posting; it would take the pressure off us newbies who feel awkward in front of the camera, and there’s nothing like a good laugh, especially at our own expense! Who’s in?

    • You should see my outtakes. I usually take around 200 photos and like 195 of them are bad. Usually I’m scowling at someone who’s looking at me. I’m all dressed up wearing a hat in public and I expect people *not* to stare! :)

  5. I love your Anda! It reminds me of the Anda I made last summer our of an old sarong. In fact, I think I might dig it out and iron it, wear it today with some leggings and a sweater!

  6. You look so gorgeous! Good luck with your thriftiness this year my friend, $4.50 is a dream of an expense!


  7. What a lovely dress! The color is great on you. I adore the freezing face picture – thanks for sharing with us!

    • Thanks, Meg. I couldn’t help but post the freezing face picture. It’s always interesting to see how one’s expressions actually look on camera! ha!

  8. I love it, I need to purchase that pattern!

  9. Gorgeous dress! I love the colour of the fabric. It looks great on you!!!

  10. Hope the weather is soon worthy of the dress – looks great

  11. Love the fabric! Wish my local thrift store was stocked like that!

    • I feel pretty lucky that one of the thrift stores in town is ran by the Senior Citizen center! The older ladies bring in fabric and other goodies which they price super low.

  12. What a spectacular fabric find! It is really so perfect with your accessories and your hair. Great job on your Anda!

  13. You look so COLD! Your creation is gorgeous, Emma!

  14. Great fabric, great dress. Totally suits you. Actually I can’t believe all of you northern hempsphere ladies, outside in summer dresses with bare legs and arms! What’s up? We are having a rotten summer in the southern hemisphere and I have more clothes on that all of you!

  15. Absolutely smashing and at $4.50 she’s a winner. Well done.

  16. Lovely dress and gorgeous clutch! Love it!