Hot! The “Sneaky Pockets” Dress


Name & Location: Anna Lorinc, Melbourne, Australia
Blog: Sew Annabanana
How long have you been sewing:
Just under a year.
Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge:
To challenge myself, encourage myself to try styles and techniques I haven’t tried before and to display my garments to a group from whom I can get feedback that will help me improve my sewing skills!
What do you love most about sewing garments:
When you wear something you have made and someone compliments you on it and you get to reply “Thanks! I made it.” It’s a pride thing…
What do you hate most about sewing garments
: It’s a toss up between transferring, tracing and cutting out the patterns or having to rip apart a seam because I rushed and sewed something together wrong.
What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: Mostly I have made dresses this past year so I want to try incorporate more separates into my challenges including Pants! I want to make a perfectly fitted pair of pants! *Look out Colette Clover – Here I come!*
Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012:
 Get more organised at work = less stress! (And in turn , more sewing time!)
What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs
: Coletterie, Gertie’s, Meg the Grand, Pattern Review (not really a blog but very useful), and of course The Sew Weekly.

The Facts

Fabric: Baby Cord for the yoke & floral printed cotton for the bodice & skirt.
Pattern: Colette – Macaron
Year: 2011
Notions: Invisible zipper
Time to complete: Um….no idea!
First worn: October, 2011
Wear again?: Have done again & again!
Total price: $30-$40 (can’t recall exact fabric prices)

The Colette – Macaron is by far my favourite garment of 2011!
It is a very flattering dress and is oh-so comfortable to wear. I love the curves of the sweetheart neckline and the contrast between the yolk and the main body of the dress.

By best of all, this dress has secret pockets! It’s my favourite feature of the dress and silly me – I forgot to photograph them in action. But trust me they are there – disguised by some cleverly placed pleats! Even with a camera, phone and small purse in them you can’t tell they are there!

I am slowly working my way through Sarai’s patterns from the Colette Patterns range.
If you haven’t heard of or tried any of the Colette Patterns come out from under the rock which you have been hiding under and do yourself a favour and try a pattern or two…

I’ll be very surprised if you aren’t impressed simple yet beautiful these patterns are!


P.S. Very sorry about the tardiness of this post – I finally found a program that will modify my photos so that they are accepted by WordPress.




Anna is a Melbourne girl and started sewing early 2011 when her Mum suggested sewing clothes since Anna had such a difficult time finding RTW clothes that fit her well and suited her body shape. Little did Mum know that her suggestion would soon become Anna's obsession...


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  1. well done Anna. I looked at your blog and you are doing an awesome job for a beginner. I too am in Melbourne(ish), but today it is raining and dark unlike your beautiful sunny photos. Keep up the good work

  2. great dress – lovely contrasts

  3. This is one of my favourite dress patterns as well! It looks smashing on you- we done! And how much fun are secret pockets?!