DIY: Anthropologie-Inspired Shirt

easy diy anthropologie inspired shirt

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m slightly obsessed with Anthropologie. However, their prices don’t usually fit into my “intern architect” salary, so I usually end up scouring their clearance racks.

I get their daily come-gawk-over-all-our-pretty-things emails and I always find myself checking out their newest arrivals and then checking the calendar for when they’ll go on clearance. (ok, I don’t really do this, but I do look at the emails, gawk, and then usually delete them)

Last week they were advertising colorful springtime shirts. I was perusing the selection and then I saw this one:

Anthropologie Inspiration shirt

via Anthropologie

It’s called an “Oatmeal Dipped Tee,” like the sleeves were “dipped” in oatmeal-colored fabric. In all reality its a long sleeve shirt with some extensions.

It’s not even the most amazing thing Anthropologie has to offer, it is just soo doable, especially for less than 48 bucks. I couldn’t pass it up.

diy anthropologie inspired tee

As far as how much fabric you need, you just have to buy however much you need for the length.  I bought 3/8 of a yard and ended up cutting off 2.” I figure better safe than sorry.

A fun story about the shirt I used:

The Anthro shirt is $48 bucks, actually not as outrageous as a lot of their stuff, but still, I was determined to do it for less. If you already have a striped shirt, or any long sleeve shirt that you want to alter, save the investment and just use one of those. I didn’t have one in my wardrobe that fit the bill, so I went out on a mission for one. I figured I could spend 10-15 bucks on one and still come out pretty far ahead…heck, I could spend 30 and still be ahead, but that’s beside the point.

First stop: TJ Maxx. No luck.

Second stop: Old Navy (it was across the parking lot) Success! I found the winning article on the clearance rack with no clearance price on it. Full price was $16.94, I figured at most it had to be around 10 bucks, perfect! Let’s get it.

Turns out it was on SUPER clearance.  What do I mean by SUPER clearance? 97 cents clearance to be exact.  Yes, sir, less than one dollar. I said to the cashier, “Wait, did that just ring up for 97 cents???”

“Uh, yeah, this shirt has been here for a long time,” he says, secretly rejoicing that this thing is finally getting out of the store. “I think its over a year old.”

“Fine by me! Ring it up!” I could completely mess this up and not even be out a whole bottle of diet mountain dew

I probably wouldn’t have picked this color if I had a choice. I actually like the purple one better. But I pretty much wear purple every day, so I guess it was good that I didn’t have another option. (plus, did I mention it was only 97 cents??)

ok, on with the project:

Anthropologie inspired tee DIY

1. Cut off the hem if its 3/4 sleeve, cut off more if its already long sleeved.

2. Measure width of the sleeve laying flat. Use this to figure out how wide to cut your “dipping” fabric. My sleeve was 4 3/4″, so I cut the sleeve dip 10 1/2″ (giving me a 1/2″ seam allowance)

3. Cut out the sleeve extensions and fold in half, right sides together

4. Sew up the sides and press open the seam

5. Put the sleeve extension on the sleeve right sides together and sew along the edge.

6. Press. Then flip right side out and mark your hem. This picture is pre-hem, I cut off 2″ and turned it up about an inch. I still kept the sleeves a little longer than usual, they look pretty long in the inspiration picture.

Anthropologie inspired tee DIY

About 5 bucks later, voila!


knit berry hat baby gift

Remember this?

knit baby berry hat

click here if you don’t remember, want a refresher, or love it so much you just can’t get enough.

Anyway, I always had bigger plans for this little knit hat. I just had to find the time to finish its counterparts! I wasn’t able to go to a baby shower for my good friend from undergrad back in October, but still wanted to get her something for her new baby.  I knitted these hats with her in mind from the get go.

On positive side, being fashionably late with this gift allowed me to wait until I knew the baby’s name. Last weekend my mom and I completed the gift with some more personalized additions. So here is the completed knit berry hat gift:

embroidered baby gift

How adorable is that!? The baby’s name, by the way, is Abigail, so the A’s are more than appropriate.

embroidered baby onesie

My mom has a fancy schmancy embroidery machine (I can talk about that more in a later post) which made the applique pretty easy to do. I basically said “I like that A, this fabric, with this thread” and watched the machine do its magic.

Same for the strawberries:

baby onesie and knit hat

The burp cloth is my mom’s specialty. She gets all the credit for this. Like with the embroidery machine I said, “I like this A and this fabric” and she did her magic. Thanks, Mom!

custom burp cloth

They’re made from cloth diapers. She’s made these before and even has her own label for all of her fun creations.

custom burp cloth

This all makes for one happy, stylish baby!


turban headbands

Here’s a little something I played around with this past weekend. I saw these cute headbands on various blogs and thought they were pretty cute. Then during a routine visit to the fabric store I noticed lots of knits on the half-off bargain rack… who could resist? I caved and promptly purchased some knits to make some of my own!

I had plans to do a whole how-to spiel on making one of these, but I haven’t quite nailed down how to finish the back yet. The current method isn’t that great, and I’m determined to master a better way. And now, since I have my new toy with me I can get right on that and whip up a tutorial for you in no time! (well, let’s hope that’s how it goes…)

In the mean time, here are some views of the headbands on…no commissioned models this time…bear with me and my poor modeling skillz:

turban headbands

p.s. I’m slowly learning how to actually code some things on this blog. I made cute little pinterest and twitter buttons on the sidebar. Check ’em out and follow me!

my (sort of) new toy

Besides coming back from the T.O.L. with tons of fun creations, I also brought this lovely machine home with me!

janome sewing machine

My mom got a new sewing machine which bumped the others down a spot in the line and this one became mine! It’s the machine I’ve really learned how to sew on, so I’m already familiar with it. It’s been waiting for me for a while now, I was just reluctant to bring it back to Columbus with me because I really don’t have a ton of room for sewing here. But I’ve decided to suck it up and figure out how to make do with little available space I have.

Now to figure out where to put it…

What in [Steph’s] World?!

My sibs and I used to get National Geographic’s kid-version magazine, “World,” remember it?

National Geographic World magazine


Anyway, I remember at the back of every issue there would be a page called “What in the World?!” (I can’t guarantee that the punctuation was really like that, but you get the idea) where they would take close up pictures of a frog’s skin, a Popsicle, broken glass, etc and you would have to guess what it was.

I went to Toledo this weekend and had a craft extravaganza with my mom working on several different projects that I had been thinking about/in progress/wanted to start. We got a TON done. I mean, it’s almost ridiculous as to how much craftiness went down this weekend.

Unfortunately I can’t blog about it all right now; some of the things are gifts that I have yet to give and I can’t ruin the surprise on here! Until I get to blogging about all of the awesome creations, I’m going to give you your own dose of “what in the world?!” with little snippets of projects that I worked on this weekend.

what in [steph’s] world!?

Stumped? Super excited? It will all be revealed in good time, so make sure to come back and find out!

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Super Comfy Shirt

I think I’ve mentioned this “future blog post” 2 or 3 times by now, so here it is already! The bird fabric in another form.  A super comfy shirt:

So you might be thinking, “Two pieces in the same fabric?! Why would you do such a thing?” and my answer is, “Why the heck not?”  The fabric is great and this shirt is perfect for lounging around in leggings…which is exactly what I did in it this weekend.

Happy Monday!


Copycat Boden Dress

I came across Boden from some girls in my studio last year and fell in LOVE with their clothes, I mean, practically every single thing in the catalog is something I would wear. Except, their t-shirts are 80 bucks a pop, and you won’t find a dress under $150…

slight setback.

I decided Boden had to become a source of inspiration rather than a source for shopping.

So here is one dress that I thought was super cute, and also incredibly simple to make:

This is from last season’s catalog that I luckily found this weekend while cleaning (I loved this catalog so much I kept it for over a year). The page is creased because I had it marked. Here’s what I did:

Basically the dress is a long, knit t-shirt. So that’s exactly what we did; got a standard t-shirt pattern to get the neck and shoulders right and then cut it straight down to the desired length. Then made the bigger hem on the sleeves and along the skirt. Looks pretty similar, right?

The dress is so simple to make and I wore it so much that we made another one for this year:

I love this bird fabric…it will be making another appearance in another form soon…

have a great day! thanks for stopping by!

the skirt series: part IV – the grand finale!

Happy Friday!

take the “Grand Finale” title lightly, because I’m more skirts will be coming, this is just the last one of this batch!

I saved this one for last because I am a bit partial to it. Plus Fridays are fun and so is this skirt! This is the first of hopefully many creations that came from Sew to Speak, a fabulous little shop in Clintonville filled to the brim with awesome fabrics. It was overwhelming to even try and pick a fabric to use for a skirt, so I got two!

Skirt #2

skirt #4


Sew to Speak has a blog, too so you can check that out and see what other fun stuff they have going on.

Hope you enjoyed the skirt series! I’ll have more creations for you soon!

fun circle scarf

We can take a break from the skirt series and I’ll show a quick and simple circle scarf. I love scarves. I wear them all year, and when I saw this fabric I knew I had to make a scarf out of it. Its super light so it doesn’t get too hot and I love all the colors.

circle scarf

Circle Scarf

There are a ton of tutorials on blogs for this sort of thing, so I won’t go into specifics on making it, but I will say that I only needed a half of yard of 54″ fabric. I’ve made past scarves with more and they were a little bulky, and this one twists around once perfectly.

More skirts tomorrow!