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Sew the Annie Hall Look

Sew the Annie Hall Look

Welcome to the second installment of Sewing Fashion from Films.  I am really enjoying writing this little mini series- I hope you are enjoying reading too.

When you think of Indie films, Annie Hall is one that quickly jumps to mind.  Aside from being a classic  in the film world; it also pushed the boundaries of female fashion.  The ‘Annie Hall’ look combines both fashion and comfort; with loose fitting trousers, ties and waistcoat – the look is easy to recreate and style.  Making it the perfect sew the look project!



Lets get started with those wide legged trousers which have been working there way back into style over the past few years.  For these trousers the Holly trouser pattern from By Hand London  are perfect.  The pattern itself is for a jumpsuit, but with this pattern you get five looks in one: Trousers, 2 jumpsuits and 2 play suits- so really it an investment for only £14!

I have this pattern in my stash, but like everything else I haven’t quite gotten around to sewing this up.  I am thinking of making a wide- leg dungarees jumpsuit for work.  However, I have so many more things on my sewing to do list before I get there!


In the film, Annie’s trousers are a khaki /beige colour- almost dirty looking cream!  Trying to find a fabric close in colour and with a good weight for trousers has been pretty difficult.  I managed to find some find was some yellow and khaki green linen which would make great pair of lightweight trousers for the coming Summer months.

Both these fabric is from Remnant Kings and come in at£11.99/m for the yellow and £4.99 /m for the green- an absolute bargain!  Either of these fabrics would make great Annie Hall inspired trousers.  I am already imagining me hanging about in my khaki green Holly jumpsuit this Summer- we just need some sun to come to Glasgow!



For a good shirt pattern, look no further than the Archer shirt from Grainline studios.  I love Grainline patterns! They are so well drafted with easy to follow instruction- I  can’t champion them enough.

The great thing about Grainline patterns is that you can buy them in paper or PDF format.  What ever suits you best.  They also have a great blog which runs alongside their shop- so if there are any specific adjustments needing done to the pattern there is ususally a blog post specific to the pattern to go along with it.  Check out their blog here!


For me, nothing beats a crisp white shirt.  You can wear it with anything and it looks good.  For the perfect fabric for this look, I have chosen this beautiful white shirting fabric from The Splendid Stitch.

It is 100% cotton fabric with a fine feel which would have the perfect drape for a shirt.  It is £17 a meter, but for that perfect crisp shirt, it’s totally worth it!



Last, but not least, is that iconic waistcoat.  For me, it’s what gives the look a masculine feel, yet it’s been styled in a way that looks feminine!

I’m pushing the boat out a bit with this one.  For the ultimate masculine meets feminine, why not choose this sewing pattern from simplicity?  The pattern also includes a tie, so if you’re feeling brave you can make yourself one of them too!  This pattern is currently reduced to £4.28 from Jaycotts, so bag it while you still can!


This navy poly-viscose from is exactly what is needed for this waistcoat.  The fabric is easy care and durable, which will give a great structure to the waistcoat, but can be washed and easily ironed (read: not ironed) for next wear.

This viscose fabric is currently reduced to £2.30 per quarter or £9.20/m (spot the numbers enthusiast!) so you better snap it up before it is gone.

So there is my complete Annie Hall inspired look which you can create at home!  If you have any favourite looks from films you want recreated leave your suggestions in the comments box below.  Which look will I be sewing next week?  Stay tuned!


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