I love Anthropologie. I am a total sucker for their stylish content marketing, I fall hook line and sinker. Well, not exactly. I have gone to their brick and mortar stores to look at the quality of their garments and frankly, not impressed. On average an Anthropologie dress can cost from 120-348.00, basic Made In China ‘stuff’. So, what is an Anthropologie lovin’ woman to do? Hack it together herself.
In the 2014 fall/winter catalog there are many dresses I would love to have and so I shall by making them myself.
My first hack is this one. And, for some reason it is no longer on their website. It is made of rayon jersey, 3/4 sleeves, scoop neck in a soft grey with a black contrasting fabric and gathers at the waist. Full price was listed at 148.00. Fabric is listed as ‘imported’. Unless it’s from Italy or other more ‘luxurious’ places I’m thinking ‘imported’ generally means China.
Here is my hack and how I put it together.
Bodice from Vogue 2011
This pattern is out of print but any close fitting, knit top with two-way stretch would be suitable. I took the Vogue 2011 pattern for the bodice portion and cut the fabric at the waistline marking. Be sure you know where your actual waist line is and either cut the pattern lower or higher depending on where your waist line lies. Also add in any seam allowances because you’ll be attaching the bodice to a skirt.
Be sure to pick a bodice and skirt pieces both for knits. The pattern has the gathers at front and back. I love gathers because you can play with how much or little you want the gathers to be spaced.
My dress fabric is a slinky forest green knit from Colorado Fabrics. I actually want to make this in a jersey or sweater knit, in a marble like grey or brown but I haven’t found any that I really love. So, for now this is a very wearable muslin.
And, there is my final result. It’s hard to see but I do need to work on the neck band. The skirt isn’t quite as full and I forgot about adding the contrasting band, so what I did was just make a ‘belt’ out of black 2″ wide elastic and used a grommet/snap maker to make the snaps. I can wear it with or without.
Oh, and check out this dress from Anthropologie, the Zelda Drop Waist. This lovely garment can be yours for 248.00. Or you can pick up the Vogue pattern 9053 and with a few added architectural details
make it yourself. Vogue Pattern has several dresses like these in their lineup if you’re interested.
So what do you think of my first Anthro Hack?