Living in Australia means I don’t have access to an Anthropologie store. Online doesn’t work for me if I’ve never been able to feel the quality of the fabric and know how the sizing works. Yes, you can call me a dinosaur.
I was in the US for work recently. I walked past an Anthropologie store and then did a double take and walked in. I didn’t have any time to do much more than circle the store (thanks to Powells) but I now understand the interest in Anthropologie and why some of the sewists I follow are inspired by the designs sold there.
I was taken with this dress. I have a lot of striped knit fabric in my stash.
I didn’t spend enough time looking at it to work out if there are five layers from the neck down or one base layer with the other bits sewn on just under the bottom of the previous layer. I think the latter would be the way I would approach this design.
BurdaStyle’s boat neck long knit top (01-2011-123) might be a good starting point for dress. I am guessing four-way stretch would be required.
I didn’t try the dress on, but the online reviews comment on it being body hugging. Yay for being able to make a dress the way I want it to be and to fit (and perhaps hug) my particular body with all its idiosyncrasies! I think the diagonal strips might be flattering and give the illusion of a smaller waist. I would also probably add ¾ length sleeves so I had a dress that would work in cooler weather.
Does anyone have this dress or the similar ones Anthropologie have sold over the last season or so? Have you tried it on or looked more carefully than I at this dress or something similar? What do you think of my plans? (of course there are a lot of other things in the queue, so it will probably be this time next year before I get around to it..)