Hacking the Ana pattern into a duster is one of my favorite things to do with this pattern. Adding some length is an easy alteration and transforms this basic garment into something dramatic and even more romantic. After experimenting with the longer length for some time, I’ve found that sewing the side seams closed from the armhole down to the hem helps the garment hold its shape and wear well. Here’s how I like to do this hack!
For cutting the new pattern pieces, add 15 inches (38 cm) to the length of both front and back pieces.
Complete steps 1-3 from the pattern. Picking up at step 4, serge/zigzag both side edges only. With this longer length, we will save the front and back hemline for last.
Pin front to back at side seams with right sides facing inward toward each other.
Just like in the pattern instructions, make sure to mark where the bottom of the armhole will be. Stitch together the front and back at side seams with 5/8” (16 mm) seam, sewing up from the bottom of the hemline and ending at the bottom of the armhole and backstitching there.
Iron open the seams you just stitched continuing all the way around the armhole, folding it 5/8” (16 mm) over from the edge in this area.
Then fold the extra seam allowance in and under toward the seam line, pin, and iron in place. Do this on both sides of the seam from the hemline up to the bottom of the armhole. When you get to the armhole where the side seam stitching ends, continue folding the fabric edge under to make a standard hem around the armhole. Repeat this on the other side.
Starting at the hemline, topstitch along the edge all the way up the side seam to the armhole, and back down the side seam to the hem. Repeat this on the opposite side.
Next, serge or zigzag along the hemline, then hem just like in step 1 of the pattern instructions.
And that’s it! Now you have a beautiful duster.