An Ode to the Anthea Blouse
This is a different kind of post for me. Rather than a pattern review or documentation of my most recent make, this is a love letter to my favourite pattern.
I feel like the Anthea blouse has already reached cult favourite status among home sewers, but if you hadn't heard of it before allow me to introduce you!
Anthea is described by it's talented designer Anna Allen very simply as "A dartless blouse and dress pattern with puffed sleeves".
It has plenty of ease built in, so it's beautiful and flowy and works really well tucked in (my preferred way to wear). The dress version also comes with a waist tie if you prefer a cinched silhouette.
I've found the Anthea to be really nice to hack.
I made this dress version by cropping the blouse at the lengthen/shorten line and adding darts to the waist to bring it.
Instead of the button placket I sewed the centre front together at the centre front marking. I extended the neckline bias binding to make ties, and a secondary set as I like the multiple tie look.
I've also added the Anthea sleeves to other garments, like this True Bias Shelby dress.
My most worn Anthea blouse is my Liberty tana lawn version in 'Libby' print. If I ever can't decide what to wear I inevitably put this one on. I've recently made dungarees for the first time and discovered it's great layered underneath.
It comes together really quickly and is so satisfying to make.
I think this pattern is achievable by beginners as well as more seasoned sewers. The most complicated part may be buttonholes if it isn't something you've done before, that's it.
Have you made an Anthea yet? If so, how many?! If not, have you been inspired to sew one? I promise you won't regret it!