Hot! The “Anna Molly” dress


The Facts 
Fabric: Blue cotton from IKEA, white cotton from stash
Pattern: Colette Patterns’ Lily
Year: 2012
Notions: regular zipper
Time to complete:  5 hours
First worn: July 1st, 2012
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost:
about 10 euros


Didn’t I promise that for this week I had something better than last time?
Actually, what you see in this post was my plan B. Plan A backfired and on Saturday I found myself with a dress I didn’t like at all. But I didn’t want to give up! Red, white and blue are among my favorite colors to wear and I wanted to make something for this week.

So, just like I did with my red blouse, I woke up early on Sunday morning, motivated as ever and I brought to life a project that had been in my mind ever since the release of the latest patterns by Colette. You may have noticed that the colour combo I chose is the same as one of the samples of this pattern at Colette’s… Well, what can I say? I really liked it!
It was also a weird coincidence that the colours of this dress are the same of the Italian football team’s uniform, who played the same night for the UEFA Championship (and lost miserably against Spain, but I’m confident I wasn’t because of my dress).

The pattern was a pleasure to work with, as it always is with this company and I’m very very happy about the result. I’d say this pattern is made for curvy girls like me, I felt very confident wearing it. Between summer, the heat and less clothes to wear, I must say I’m (litterally) feeling the weight of my extra curves, but I felt so good in this dress, like I was filling it in all the right spots, and this feeling is priceless, even more so if it’s given by something you made yourself.

One last thing about the title of this post, that comes once again from music (as for the aforementioned red blouse): while sewing like a mad woman to complete the dress in time, I listened to music the whole time to keep my focus. At one point, I found myself singing out loud at “Anna Molly” by Incubus, a song I’m very attached to, and I started thinking that Anna Molly would be a perfect name for a pinup. This dress makes me feel just like one, so it’was the perfect association!



Paunnet is actually Anna, an Italian girl who thinks that sewing is the best thing in the world. In 2011, she started a blog to document her sewing adventures.


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  1. Anna, you are gorgeous! This dress suits you and your pin up look. Love it! I may have to try the “Lily”.

  2. You look absolutely stunning in this dress. It’s as if it were designed for you. I hope you get lots of wear out of it this summer (poor Italy, I was totally rooting for them but I’m afraid Spain were just too good. Italy have always been my first reserve choice once England get kicked out in Euros/World Cup ever Paolo Rossi and 1982). Been meaning to say too, your hair colour is absolutely gorgeous!

    • Thanks, dear! :D
      I’ve been dyeing my hair with henna for 2 years now and it’s never been healthier. It gives an unique colour while making your hair stronger.
      God, the Spanish football team was on fire on Sunday night, they were running everywhere non stop! There were also some pretty hot players, but that’s another story… :)

  3. Super cute! It fits you perfectly, and it looks like it fits your personality perfectly too! I just love that the pockets actually work. :-)

    • The pocket flap give a very unique look, although they can be easily skipped (and I might try it if I make this dress again). Thanks for your commment! :)

  4. So adorable! I can’t wait to make this, I’ve been starring at this pattern for over a month now! Yours looks lovely, really sexy and flattering and gorgeous. Well done, lady!

  5. Hi Anna, great dress, love the color combo and the salute photo.

  6. Just perfect! I’ve had my eye on this pattern for some time, it suits you so well!

  7. A gorgeous Lily on a gorgeous Anna, The cut and colour are perfect for you. You are so photogenic, I think I’ve told you that before. Love ikea fabrics.

  8. Thi9s is gorgeous on you, the colour choice is really fab and the dress looks so well made.

  9. Perfect! I’d say this is the perfect combo of fit, fabric, and pattern! Excellent job!

  10. The dress came out lovely – and yes, I noticed the colours of gli azzurri. Damn, your team has the better colours and played better than mine! (I’m German) Still, the best looking players were in totally different teams… ;)

    • Thank you, and forza Azzurri! The match against Germany was a very passionating one. And I have to agree, between Pirlo and Buffon, Italian players and not the best looking :-/

  11. Paunnet, this is fabulous! What a beautiful fit!

  12. Wonderful color combination (that blue is stunning!)and the dress looks so greta on you. I agree with you – this looks so much better than the evil mullet dress. ;)

  13. Looks beautiful on you. Like the colors too. Nothing better than Colette patterns.
    Happy seiwng.

  14. This is so pretty! You certainly do have nice curves and you should celebrate them. You have a really great style and I don’t think Italy lost because of your dress. If anything I think the sight of you in it would inspire them to play their hearts out!

  15. Very sassy! Fit’s you so nicely! Love the color, style, and and your photo-shoot. Seems like many of us are sold on this pattern. You did such a fabulous job!

  16. Loving this immensely!! You are GOR-JUSS in this dress and color.

    I downloaded the Lily pattern when it was released, but haven’t pieced it together yet because I know I’ll have lots of alterations and there SO MANY pattern pieces with front, back, top and bottom princess seams. Instead of envying all of you ladies who can sew straight out of the pattern envelope with success…I think I’ll let your Lily be a beacon of hope to inpsire me to tackle it soon…it is clearly worth any work one puts into it.

    Thanks for sharing this masterpiece.

  17. Beautiful dress on you.