Which brings me to possibly my greatest accomplishment of all time (not really): an honest-to-goodness Anthropologie imitation! This is my version of the Artist's Rendering Dress by Odile. I actually didn't even know about this dress' existence because my Anthro catalogs stopped arriving for some reason, but my friend Shayna kindly gave me an end-of-the-school-year present: a page torn out from her latest catalog AND the material to make the dress! She found this vintage bedsheet at a thrift store before she ever saw the dress; I think this makes her a genius who mysteriously channels Anthropologie designs.
After reading about Gertie's Black Eyelet Dress, I had McCall's 5845 sheath dress bookmarked as a possible pattern to try. It seemed like a good enough approximation of the Anthro dress, so I picked it up at my local Yardage Town in their $1.99 pattern bin. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, since in the past I've only ever done full skirts that didn't need to be fitted over the bottom portion. I am irrationally afraid of pouring my time and effort into a sheath dress/pencil skirt only to have it burst when I try to sit down. But hey, I've done circle skirts and dirndls, I've got to conquer the fitted bottom sometime, right?
The pattern was relatively straightforward, even it the 28 darts were a little tedious to mark and then sew and then press. When it came time to attach the skirt portion, I agonized for about a day over whether I should just scrap the bottom and put in a full gathered skirt (it's a queen-sized sheet, so there was plenty of fabric left) instead. Finally, I decided that I needed to give the pattern a fair trial, and I am so glad I did! There are still some weirdo wrinkles here and there (I attribute it to not having a butt to fill out the dress), but overall I'm happy with it.
|My attempt to look like a disinterested model.|
|Shayna suggested that I could wear this as a reversible dress.|
|I almost got stuck in the dress inside-out.|
I didn't really make any changes to the pattern other than raising the back (so that I could wear a normal bra with this dress) and putting the darts inside rather than outside (You know, like a normal person. I think darts outside is a silly design feature. But I think an exposed zipper is cool. Does that make me a hypocrite?). I do like how the neckline looks with my collarbones (is that a weird body part to like?), and the cut of the armholes doesn't make me look like a linebacker! It's always a good day when one doesn't look like a linebacker.
|It also occurs to me that this sheath is very Mad Men, if Betty Draper were to walk around in old pictorial bedsheets.|
And because I didn't forget, here's Me-Made June, Day 30. I don't have much to say about it other than I love this skirt; it reminds me of Scarlett O'Hara (green flowers! swishy!); and it is possibly my favorite self-drafted piece of clothing.