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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Knockoff Anthro Shirtdress

While browsing Anthropologie's site for some ideas, I came across this cutie pie.

Adorable. And only $148.00. 

But look what I found at the thrift store for $4.00...

I know, equally adorable, right? It's not chambray like the original dress, but it's a lightweight enough denim that it falls nicely. I thought....why not?!


Shorten dress to the length you want the back to be. It's a shirtdress, so you'll shorten the front later. Save that fabric!

If needed, take in the sides and darts. 

Reshape the hem to resemble a shirttail. I used pins to create the shape I wanted and then carefully cut it out. 

Since I'm wary of flashing too much thigh, I didn't cut a very steep arch. My arch was 4.5" at its tallest point, and it tapers to 1.5" in the front. 

Then I pinned my cut out shape to the other side and cut again.

Hem and you're done!

(Well almost. I created the rolled sleeves and belt from the cut off fabric. Unfortunately I do not have pictures for those steps, but I'm happy to answer questions.)

Not bad for $4, right? And just in time for the holiday weekend.


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  1. It's so cute now. You did such a wonderful job.

  2. It came out so cute! I love it! I can't believe that dress you started with is the same as the one you ended with! Well done!

  3. VERY cute! I love how you came away with a dress equally as great as a designer dress but for only $4. Way to go!

  4. Very cute! I found you on the Homemaker on a Dime linky. I definitely need to take my sewing to a new level and your tutorial is great!

    Jess @ The Delightful Crafter

  5. Well done! Your version is so cute and you definitely can't beat the price!

  6. Thanks ladies! This was so much fun to make and it's incredibly comfortable. It's my new knockabout dress!

  7. Looks great - - I love how you changed the sleeves!! (:
    Found you on Homemaker on a Dime - Have a great 4th (:

  8. This dress is very adorable! I would love to try something like this.

  9. Cute Redo. I have a Blog Hop, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  10. So cute! I love it. Thanks for sharing at Doodles & Stitches!

  11. I just wanted to let you know that I featured you today on Blissful and Domestic. Stop by and Check it out!

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic

  12. Now that is quite a transformation !! Thank you for sharing at Uncommon! :)

  13. Fantastic refashion and great job on making a lovely dress for $4...

  14. oh my gosh this is AMAZING! i really wish i could sew... you did seriously a GREAT job!

  15. This is so cute! I really love it! I never have luck finding such great things at thrift stores! (L

  16. Oh so much better!! Great job! And thanks for linking it up to Chic Couture!!

  17. Great hem! Love this refashion!

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