Ode to Anthropologie

In case you haven’t noticed, I really like Anthropologie. I don’t love their prices, but as a 30 something, I like that they make clothes that are age appropriate and interesting. (I find that most stores either want me to dress like I am a teenager or an older lady!)

Anyway I have made a few knock off things from Anthro, (I do buy from them too sometimes) since I enjoy their aesthetic a lot, but find that my height (5’9″) and bust size (30F) is a problem with fitting into their clothes.

Today I am showing a quick knock off I did a few months ago for $6 which was the cost of the lace I used, since I already owned the tank top.

I really liked the Maryam tank from Anthropologie, I only saw it online though after the store was no longer selling it, so although the original price was quite high, I couldn’t buy it even if I wanted too.

I really enjoy the feminine touch a tank like this adds to any outfit, I wear tanks a lot too in order to raise necklines (when you are busty any cleavage looks like you are trying to be a porn star and I am a mom thankyouverymuch!) and to lengthen hems (I don’t bare my midriff for ANYONE!)

Anyway, I ordered some lace off of etsy, I’m not going to say who through because I didn’t have a great experience with them, so I don’t want to advertise for them, but I also don’t want to hurt their business either by telling people to stay away from them in case I was a fluke.  I got 3 yards of 9″ lace from them (after more then a month! That is an insane amount of time considering they advertised a week) Anyway…….. I then cut enough length off one end to fill the neckline with the hem (I just cut the rest of the lace away) and then I cut the remainder of the length in half. I cut one of the halves in half lengthwise, so I now had a 4.5 inch wide piece and a 9 inch wide piece, and a little neck piece.

After sewing the one piece into the neck of my tank, I then overlapped the other two pieces and put two rows of basting stitches in at the top, and gathered the fullness into the same size as the hem in my tank top plus seam allowance. I then sewed the lace into a tube, and sewed it to the bottom of the tank with my serger, (although you could use a stretch stitch on a regular machine if you don’t have a serger.) I un-picked the hem of my tank, but you could probably cut it off just as easily, I just didn’t want to loose length. I then top stitched with my coverstitch machine over the top of the hem, in order for it to lay flat (twin needles in a sewing machine will to the same thing)

Anyway, here is the finished product since you braved that boring and picture-less description of what I did.

And here it is with a sweater over the top, I would usually not wear a sweater this short on me since I would tend to look boxy, but with the sweet lace hem I think your eye is drawn down into the length rather then the width of my body.

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  14 comments for “Ode to Anthropologie

  1. June 2, 2011 at 3:50 am

    cute!!

  2. January 27, 2012 at 2:47 am

    nice job! great idea!

  3. January 27, 2012 at 2:48 am

    i love it with the jeans and the boots! great job!

  4. Shelly
    January 22, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    I love this tank and pretty lace. I too am 5’9 and it is hard to find long enough tops. I have been searching for long tops to buy but they are either way over priced or out of stock. I will definitely be making this. I found you through pintrest even if its a little over 3 years later. 🙂 Thanks!

  5. Glitzerblitz
    February 14, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Just like Shelly I found ‘you’ via Pinterest years later. I like your sewing explanation and share your way of thinking about cleavages and ‘boxieness’ (beeing 60+ and a little too short for my weight …). Will try to do this. Thanks for inspiring us!

  6. April 4, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Great Job, loved your honesty. Can’t wait to do this top.

    • Cheryl
      May 19, 2015 at 7:56 am

      Just wondering if the lace vendor was the vendor that I am trying to buy from. I am having the same problem. Ordered over a month ago, won’t answer emails, money was taken out of PayPal the day I ordered? Did it just finally come in the mail?

      If you want to answer via my email instead of posting that would be fine. I am impressed that you don’t share your bad experiences on your site.

      Sooooooo cute, can’t wait to make one!! Thanks!

  7. Lori Bea
    July 25, 2016 at 2:25 am

    This is fabulous!! This is exactly the look I am attempting. You did a great job.

  8. Lori Bea
    July 25, 2016 at 2:39 am

    I found a beautiful lace curtain at a resale shop for $4.60. I have 10 times the amount of lace I need to complete this project, however, since I am not an experienced seamstress, it will take me a while to complete this project. Thank you for the great inspiration😀

    • K
      March 5, 2017 at 3:53 am

      Can you go a little further into details ? Did the lace have a finished top edge with a particular term used for it? Was it a stretch lace? There’s so many to pick through and you have a hugely popular pin! Like the measuements of the circumference of the camisole and the lace? Is it 1:1 or did you make the lace a bit longer (wider in circumference) so it would flare? Can you mention if you used a US seller or one from China since there are many of each?

  9. K
    March 5, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Can you go a little further into details ? Did the lace have a finished top edge with a particular term used for it? Was it a stretch lace? There’s so many to pick through and you have a hugely popular pin! Like the measuements of the circumference of the camisole and the lace? Is it 1:1 or did you make the lace a bit longer (wider in circumference) so it would flare? Can you mention if you used a US seller or one from China since there are many of each?

  10. Clare
    March 7, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Smashing! Thank you so much. Going to make a few.

  11. Cheryl
    March 23, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Pretty…….I’m like the rest of you,I love the look of lace on the tank or tee,but I don’t agree with how much people are selling them for…way to much money for such a simple look.glad I found you now I can make my own as many as I Want and as many colors as I need.

  12. October 6, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Your look better!

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