Monday, April 30, 2012

Knock-off Mondays: Anthro crop shirt

Did anyone notice I've been gone? My husband had a convention in Chicago (more about that later) last weekend.  Silly me, I wasted all my packing/ preparing time in the ER fixing up #2's broken arm. (he's fine-it was only his left arm anyways and now I get out of taking him to spring training for football).  My packing was a little more frantic than normal.  I packed a lap top so I could blog while the hubby was in meetings.  I was going to visit a ton of link parties and leave lots of comments and fill up all my boards on Pinterest. I also uploaded a ton of pictures and figured I could get at least a half dozen posts written.  I thought I might even go all out and even proof-read them.  This would have been great, if I would have also remembered the power chord. 

Enough about me, here's my post.

I love, love, love the back of this shirt by Anthropology and I figured it would be fun to knock off.  I am basically going to be making a crop shirt w/ a few adjustments.

Step 1:  Cut out a shirt shape on the fold for the front.

Step 2:  Lay the front of the fabric on top of another piece of fabric 1 inch from the fold (the further from the fold, the larger the pleat). This will make the back 2 inches wider than the front. 
Step 3: Sew the front to the back and shoulder and side seams.
Step 4: Sew a narrow hem along the bottom, neck and sleeves.

Step 4: Find the center back.  Make a 1 inch pleat on either side of the center back.  Press.

Step 5:  Instead of one big button, like the original, I used several smaller vintage buttons that I found at a garage sale.  I sewed 3 narrow strips each 2 inches long.  Then I pinned them inside the pleat and top stitched them in place.

Step 6: Top stitch the fold on the right side and sew the buttons on.

When you're done, it should look like this.

She wanted the sleeves a lot shorter than the original. I had 2 leftover buttons, so I added little pleats on the sleeves as well.

The back is my favorite, but I guess, I should show you the front too.

When it was finished, it turned out a little different than the original, but probably more age appropriate for my kid. So it didn't end up a knock-of as much as an inspired by Anthro.  She loves it and so I'm happy.

I used a yard of fabric, but it I was sewing for myself, I'd want it a little longer and use 1 1/4 yards.

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  1. super cute! I love the back too!

  2. Very clever to make this without a pattern. The pleats with buttons look great!!! A fabulous little shirt. Last time I went away, I forgot the laptop power adaptor. Good thing I was visiting someone who had the same adaptor...

  3. That sounds like me, all prepared then forgetting the key element - power cord! Love the shirt, also liked how you kept the feel of it by using similar fabric :)

    We are going on a year without a broken bone...knock on wood!

  4. This turned out so great! I love the fabric you chose.

  5. Hey there!! I just added myself to your followers for support, and wanted to invite you to check out an awesome Modcloth giveaway I'm having!

    Hope to see you there! Thanks so much!

  6. What a cute top!! Great knock-off!! Stopping by from The Blackberry Vine linky party.

    Here is what I shared this week:

  7. Super cute and such a nice little whimsical touch to add. Love it! If you're looking for another place to share your awesome tutorial, head over to Etcetorize and join the party ( Hope to see you there~

  8. I always love a good Anthro knockoff, and the print you chose is so cute!

    I would love it if you would link up at Watch Out, Martha!’s first link up party: Martha Mondays on May 7th! Hope to see you there! ( )

  9. that's so cute! your seamstress skills are amazing! thanks for linking this up!

  10. So so cute! Just shared this on our Facebook page!

    Take care,


  11. I LOVE this!! Thanx for sharing!
    What kind of fabric do you recommend for making a top like this? Light cotton or something shiny.

    1. This one is medium weight 100% cotton, but I've made about 5 variations of it now out of a wide variety of fabric and they've all turned out great.

  12. Very cute and I love the fabric!