Anthropologizing LOFT

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I'm pretty sure the entire female population went crazy
when Anthropologie introduced the Volante shirt (myself included).
I mean, who wouldn't swoon over something so chic and feminine, huh?
Bows on the shoulder? Eeepp!
That'll make any girl feel fierce.
I'd already decided to purchase the Volante, when I found this
light-weight sweater I'd bought on clearance from the LOFT
perishing in the darkness of my sweater bin under the bed
As you know if you follow this blog at all,
I sorta have this personality flaw that causes me
to look at clothing in the store and think,
Well, shoot...I can pull that off!
Armed with a bit of know-how and half a yard of gray lining
I came up with a pretty close version of the Volante. Yay!!!


I chose these sizes for no good reason...it was pretty much all guess-work
(but I did write them down, so I could share them with you).
If I did this again, I'd use these same sizes.

Do this gently.
You don't want to accidentally punch a hole through your stitching.
At this point, you'll also want to press the pieces.



I used my machine to sew these down right across the gathering stitches.

Cue: WILD APPLAUSE FOR YOURSELF! 


Awesome, no?
I'm gonna wear it and wear it and wear it and...and...and...
G'night, darlings.

31 comments:

  1. WOW! Awesome! You do such great work.... I love this! Thanks for sharing. I am not sure I am ready to tackle something like this but I like living vicariously through your talent.... hahahaha. Cheers!

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  2. you.never.cease.to.amaze.me.

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  3. I love your version! You look so cute! :-)

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  4. Love this. I LOVE LOVE the subtle stripe in the sweater. The Volante was actually one of my only full price Anthro purchases for my bday. Your looks fantastic.

    Too bad I am scared of sewing...I would totally try another color!

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  5. Gawd, you are so impressive, Kristina!

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  6. Wow, I am impressed with the result! You look fabulous! I wish I was patient enough to sew...

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  7. Awesome yes! You are so clever. This is a brilliant way of jazzing up an old tee.

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  8. Totally awesome!! I love it!!

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  9. You rock! You are so very, very talented!

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  10. So cute! You did a great job, I love it!

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  11. Wow! Another great tutorial! Thank you, Kristina!
    I am going to try and let you know how it goes.

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  12. I love your version so much more than the real Volante. You're brilliant!

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  13. Wow. How do you "see" these things? I'm in awe of your talent. You have definitely been blessed. Enjoy your sweater!!

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  14. WOw, that is seriously amazing girlie! I LOVE the bow on the subtle striped shirt. WAY cuter than the ANthro piece I think! =)

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  15. Wonderful!! I can't wait to try this out!! :D Thanks for sharing

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  16. Hey ladies! Thanks, thanks, thanks! Now go try it yourselves! =)

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  17. This is fantastic - you are so talented. Now if Anthro would take a cue from you and come out with a striped volante!

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  18. You are a genius!!! A knock off of this anthropologie top was my next project and I was wondering about the bow. Thank you for this tutorial.

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  19. Awesome. It looks even better than the Anthro version cuz I love your Loft sweater so much more. Looks great with your denim trousers too. Beautiful!

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  20. Love this, Kristina!! This restructured shirt is ADORABLE.

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  21. Thank you so much for posting this! I am in the process of making my own as well and was wanting some good directions! Can't wait to try this now!

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  22. So lovely! I have to admit this top didn't do anything for me in person, but maybe it was because it was a wrinkly mess? Anyhow, your version is finally making me love it!

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  23. Wow, that looks fantastic!! Thanks for the tutorial. I missed out on the Volante, but maybe now I don't have to!

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  24. This is a great refashion!!! I love the bow - just darling!
    Thanks for linking this up - I'm sharing this on my FB page!

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  25. i wish you could make me a top exactly like this one!! it is lovely and totally something i would love to wear

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  26. thank you for sharing this beautiful top and how to make it. I am definately going to make one for myself (slightly larger than yours though)!

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  27. I would do this down the back as well, so cut twice as much.

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