Dreaming of … a budget where I can buy everything from Anthropologie

What would you buy if you won the lottery? I love playing this game. Obviously I’d give half to charity 🙂 and then I’d donate a wing to Hogwarts so that even though I didn’t get to go, my kids would be able to, but apart from that I’d probably blow the whole lot in Anthropologie!

A few weeks ago I visited my Grandma in Bath and we spent a good portion of our day browsing in Anthropologie. I fell in love with this dress. And this one. And this one. And…you get the idea!

Anyway, the Gallery Row dress was my absolute favourite. The fit was great, the length was perfect and the fabric draped beautifully. It was farrrr to low though, which was a shame. But then I reminded myself that I can sew. This had the added bonus of saving me £158. I already had fabric that I wanted to use – it had the same drape as the original dress and the navy blue is actually more my colour.

So I pretty quickly got to it. I used the burdastyle dress with gathered rectangle skirt for the bodice. My muslin was the lining of the dress and I had to shorten the darts substantially – they were trying to crawl up my throat! I also moved the zip to the CB so that I could use a chunky metal zip like the original dress.

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For the skirt I cut a full circle skirt and an extra quarter circle panel. I wanted to add pockets to the front of the dress (like the original), so I used this extra panel in the middle of the skirt front and then sewed in seam pockets in here. Very subtle, but practical I think you’ll agree. It also meant that I could lightly gather the skirt to make it even more full.

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I made a fairly slim petticoat to give a slightly more vintage shape. I couldn’t find a tutorial that made much sense to me, so I followed my own ideas and made a very simple version with a gathered cotton slip and a net layer to give some shape.

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Overall it was a pretty simple dress to make, but I love the outcome. The lining of the bodice fits perfectly, but somehow the outer bodice is slightly looser. I actually really like the way this has turned out. It looks great with a belt and the fabric slightly overlapped. At least I think so! Still holding out for the funds to shop exclusively in Anthro, but for now I’ll settle for making use of my sewing skills!

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30 thoughts on “Dreaming of … a budget where I can buy everything from Anthropologie

  1. The dress looks amazing (incidentally, so do you). Goes to show what you can do if you’re minded to sew for yourself. I often wish I could create my own clothes and seeing what you have done with that dress makes me wonder how difficult it would be…
    If I won the lottery I’d be able to retire now (today this minute), take some time out to do the things I always wanted to do, and buy whatever I wanted. Of course I’d make sure my children and grandchildren were all taken care of, give some of the wealth to charities that mean something to me and then take off for sunnier climes. Given that we all have debt I’d clear mine and the children’s so we could all have a clean slate.
    After that though I don’t have a clue what else to do in the time I’ve got left.

  2. LOVE your idea for a wing at Hogwarts! You could definately teach Muggle Studies – including sewing. 😉 Also love your dress, the front panel and pockets is genius.

  3. Oh, you make me jealous. Perfectly lovely! I know what you mean about Anthropologie 😛 But it looks like you don’t need to buy anything there, when you make beautiful dresses like this!!

  4. Now that is a lovely dress – what Burda pattern is it? Is it worth looking at as a possible first dress project? Or would you recommend something simpler? And nice useage of the gates at the side of Llandaff Fields!!! I now play spot the location when I read your posts! 🙂

      • I know, that is just always the problem! Lots on line…..but you just can’t feel it! I wish I could find a Ted baker fabric stockists! I just saw a beautiful dress that I am going to recreate from their collection. Royal blue with white lace collar and cuffs. Should be quite simple( famous last words) the one in the shop was!!!

  5. I feel the exact same way about Anthropologie- If I could live there, I totally would!
    But great replica! I think you picked a good pattern and the print on the fabric you used was a good choice- it definitely compliments you.

    I personally would have been a little intimidated about putting the pockets so close to the front- but after seeing your example I might have to give it a try. I think I get stuck with only putting the pockets in the side seams and that can get boring after a while. I’m not sure the technique would work on a solid colored fabric (unless it was gathered excessively)- but I think the busyness of the print you used really masks it well.

    Great job!

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