Anthropologie Dress REMAKE Tutorial

Several months ago I picked up a dress from Anthropologie that I loved the fit of and recently decided that I needed to recreate it. Today I’m sharing my Fall floral dress with you + sharing the tutorial to make your own!
Anthropologie Dress REMAKE Tutorial // SewCaroline.com
Anthropologie Dress REMAKE Tutorial // SewCaroline.com
Anthropologie Dress REMAKE Tutorial // SewCaroline.com
Anthropologie Dress REMAKE Tutorial // SewCaroline.com
Anthropologie Dress REMAKE Tutorial // SewCaroline.com
dress: handmade (tutorial below) // fabric: from the clearance bin at JoAnn. Feels like tshirt-weight jersey and sewed up surprisingly nice! // blazer: Anthropologie // booties: TOMS // necklace: Lisa Leonard
Anthropologie Dress REMAKE Tutorial // SewCaroline.com

For my dress, I used about a yard and a half of fabric and used my existing dress as a pattern. If you don’t have a similar dress, you can use an existing tank and skirt, or an existing tank and draft your own circle OR gathered skirt.
First, trace your pattern pieces. Since my fabric is stretchy, I only left room for seam allowance on the shoulder seams and the seam that attaches the skirt to the bodice, not the side seams. I extended the hem on my skirt about 1″ for hemming.
Anthropologie Dress REMAKE Tutorial // SewCaroline.com
To get the correct “V”, I marked where the “V” stops and then did a vertical, slanted line towards the shoulder seam.
Anthropologie Dress REMAKE Tutorial // SewCaroline.com
For the keyhole in the back, I simply drew a oblong half-circle. I didn’t want to have a button and loop, so I extended the top of the dress to the edge of my paper.
Anthropologie Dress REMAKE Tutorial // SewCaroline.com
*notice that all of these pattern pieces are to be placed on the fold*
Once all of your pattern pieces are traced, cut them out and place them on your fabric to be cut out. You’ll also want several little strips of fabric that go lengthwise WITH the stretch that are approximately 3/4″ wide.
Anthropologie Dress REMAKE Tutorial // SewCaroline.com
Anthropologie Dress REMAKE Tutorial // SewCaroline.com
The first thing you’ll sew is the shoulder seams. Match up your shoulders, with right sides together, and sew using your serger OR a ball-point needle and small zig zag stitch.
Anthropologie Dress REMAKE Tutorial // SewCaroline.com
When the shoulder seams are sewn, use the same method to sew up the sides of the bodice. Then, you’ll sew up the side of your skirt.
Anthropologie Dress REMAKE Tutorial // SewCaroline.com
Next, you’ll place the bodice piece (right side facing out) INSIDE the skirt piece. Line up the back seam of the skirt piece to the center back of your bodice piece. Make sure these pieces are right sides together, pin at the waist seam, and serge or sew.
Anthropologie Dress REMAKE Tutorial // SewCaroline.com
Now all that’s left is finishing off those raw edges (arm holes, neck hole, back key hole). Take the strips you cut and (optional) serge one long edge. Match the other edge up with the raw edges of on of the arm holes. You’ll cut the strip at the length that is determined by the size of your armhole.
Anthropologie Dress REMAKE Tutorial // SewCaroline.com
Sew or seger this piece on and repeat for the other three openings.
Next, you’ll flip that piece over on to the back side, pressing as you go to make clean edges, and stitch in place.
Anthropologie Dress REMAKE Tutorial // SewCaroline.com
Again, you’ll repeat this for the other openings on your dress.

You can hem as you please, and go on your way!

If I ever figure out how to create patterns, I will definitely be making a style similar to this. It’s so easy to wear in Summer and transition it to fall with a blazer or cardigan. The possibilities are really endless!

xoCaroline

8 thoughts on “Anthropologie Dress REMAKE Tutorial

  1. great job. I am thinking of recreating a tunic I have that I love. I think it would look great in some amy butler fabric… tee hee hee. It is funny that when you sew you start looking at all of the different things you can change or recreate.

  2. Nice remake! How did you serge in a circle? I’m sure it’s operator error, I cannot serge a curve much less a circle, on my serger without the thread pulling away from the fabric!

  3. They say that timing is everything. In this case is true as I was making a skirt earlier from a pair of jeans and some lace fabric. I could not figure out how to do the skirt the way I wanted it. This tutorial reminded me that I had a skirt that I love and I could use it to trace out the bottom lace part of my new skirt. Thank you sew much!

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