The “Vintage Anthro” Dress | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: White tank top ($5-ish Target – from wardrobe) and Liberty of London fabric (1.5 yards at $33 a yard – from stash; this print – mine was navy, but the website doesn't list it!)
Pattern: Tutorial from Presser Foot
Year: c. 2010
Notions: 12" of lace and waistband elastic – from stash
Time to complete: 2
First worn: May 2011
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: ~$50
Like most other women I know, Anthropologie is my favorite store. They have such thoughtfully arranged, beautiful things to tempt me into opening my wallet. Also like many ladies I know, they're not always in my budget. $200 for a summer dress? Sorry Anthro – I can't make it work right now. But I will take like 10 packs of that adorable stationery – kthanxbai.
So while looking over one of my favorite blogs recently I stumbled across a super awesome tutorial about making a vintage-inspired Anthro dress using a tank top, lace, waistband elastic and some floral fabric. Seeing as I have all of these things just hanging around I couldn't pass up the opportunity to make an adorable summer dress for a fraction of the cost. And it was easy to boot – swish!
The Liberty fabric was waiting in my stash for such a project and the tank top, which was stained at the bottom from some ill-fated meal in which I ate something that included mustard, was rescued from the "rag pile" – a pile of too-worn-for-Goodwill items my husband uses in the garage. Together with lace and waistband elastic from my stash (vintage – purchased in a lot from Etsy years ago) these items made one heck of a dress: one that's comfy, strechy and brunch appropriate!
What really had me interested in this dress in the first place was the simple but elegant embellishment of lace on the bodice. It was very, very easy to do and the effect is really cool against the more casual ribbed fabric. The rest of the dress's construction was just as easy – the skirt is two rectangles together, stitched to the elastic while stretching it to form gathers. This is the shortest amount of time it has taken me to make a dress – ever!
Next girl's day brunch I'm wearing this!