Anthropologizing Jo-Ann's: Ruffled Plaid

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


If you've been with me from the beginning, you'll recognize this dress as the first one I ever featured on the blog last fall (original post).  At that point, I hadn't started the Anthropologizing features yet and thought this dress definitely deserved it's own post now. Plus, I've been so busy constructing the pieces for my latest collection that I haven't really built anything else recently.   


I initially thought constructing this out of red plaid flannel would limit its use to Christmas services and other holiday events, but it's proved to be incredibly versatile (yay!). There's nothing more annoying than a gorgeous dress relegated to the back of the closet simply because you have absolutely no occasion to use it.
The flannel keeps it cozy so it's not too outlandish to wear to church or for business, but the design is just unique enough to make it perfect for more special events, too...so yeah, it's been pretty much perfect.



Photos courtesy of LookNook

I love the dimension these ruffles add to what would otherwise be a very simple pencil dress.  The main fit issue I had with the Anthro version was the flutter sleeves.  I love drama in clothing as much as the next girl, but to have flap sleeves like that with the ruffles and corsage and plaid just felt like too much, so I decided to make my sleeves echo the simple shape of the dress silhouette.  You can check out the tutorial on how to make a shoelace corsage on this page (waaay down at the bottom).




Cardigan: J.Crew Ginny  Belt: Anthro Bakerloo Watch: Anthro Modern Master  Pumps: Steve Madden


29 comments:

  1. Beautiful dress!! SOOO well made. And you look beautiful as well! Great job!!!

    xo
    rachelsayumi.blogspot.com

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  2. Love your dress!! I like your sleeves better than the original! gorgeous pictures too!

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  3. I fell in love with this dress the moment I saw it- WAAAAY back in the beginning. I love it. You are one very talented woman.

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  4. Love your dress. I looked at your shoestring corsage, that is so cool! You are just amazing.

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  5. It is lovely and it looks beautiful on you! You are so gifted. Such a great design and I agree about the sleeves in comparison to the Anthro dress. Your design pleases my eye more!

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  6. This is such a beautiful dress! I'm such a fan of red plaid flannel lately. I bought my son about ten different shirts/outfits in it, even though they all look the same! Haha. Awesome job! :)

    Bekah
    If Work Permits

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  7. Your work never ceases to amaze me.....you're so talented! This dress is beautiful!

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  8. That is not only impressively pretty, but (imo) better than the original! Sigh....mad jealous of your skills.

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  9. wow, i wish i could do what you do! so pretty--perfect fall dress:)

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  10. Beautiful! Has anyone told you that you should be on Project Runway? :) (my favorite show!)

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  11. Oh. My. Goodness!!! I am in love with that dress. It's perfect for fall. *sigh* Fantastic!

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  12. Yes to the dress! Must Pin it too.

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  13. What was the name of the original dress from Anthropologie?

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  14. OH.MY.WORD! This is by far my most favorite fall dress! GORGEOUS!!! Thanks so much for linking up this week to DIY Diva Thursdays :)

    Kara
    www.mineforthemaking.com

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  15. Oh my goodness I love this dress. You are a talented seamstress. You look lovely and the photography is wonderful also. I enjoyed my visit to your blog.l Big Hugs!

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  16. SO impressed! I like your colors even more! Great job!

    I stumbled this!

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  17. It's gorgeous but so are you! I love the plaid! So well done!

    I'd love it if you linked it up to my link party!

    http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2011/10/latest-greatest-friday-link-party-1.html

    It's fantastic!

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  18. This turned out beautifully! I really love it. Thanks for linking up at I Made It! Monday. Can't wait to see what you link up next.

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  19. featured this today on my blog.
    http://kimboscrafts.blogspot.com/2011/10/shout-outs.html

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  20. I think your version is better than the original!! It's super cute (^_^)

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  21. Love this! So clever, you are!

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  22. The dress is beautiful! What does the back look like?

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