anthropologie dress knock off tutorial

Heeeere’s the tutorial for that  green and teal dress from Anthropologie! I have to tell you, I don’t have pictures of every step, because the way it’s constructed  is similar to the Sadie shirt-so I’ll refer you to that tutorial a few times.

Click below for more details!

So, you’ll need:

fabric (I got away with one yard for my smallish 2.5 year old. Adjust accordingly!)
buttons to cover (I got mine at Joann’s, they’re also available on Etsy)
1/4″ and 1/8″ elastic
sewing stuff!

First I made my pattern. I used one of my many tracings I have laying around, traced from a shirt Sadie has. I go into more detail about this here and here, although it will be different than those for this dress. lol. did I confuse you much?

I altered the front, by making it wider than the back to allow for pleating at the neckline, and for some gather around the waist.

The back piece is a simple slight A-line. The sides of the pattern should match.

I also made a cap sleeve and made it a little longer from top to bottom to allow for some gathering.

Then I cut out my pieces, one back, one front, (both on the fold), two sleeves, and some bias strips 1.75″ long for the sleeves and neck. Not shown: a rectangle about 3-4″x6-7″.

On the front piece I found the middle and then made some pleats, as evenly as I could. I did end up adding one more to either side, after sewing the neck bias tape on and it was too big! 🙁 so make sure the neckline fits your kiddo before sewing the bias tape on…just trust me.

Then I sewed the button closure in, ala the Sadie shirt!

Sewed the shoulder seams together…

 Then I took Sadie’s arm measurement, added about 3/4- 1 inch for seam allowance, then cut and made bias tape to that length. Also make some for the neckline, but we’ll get back to that.

 I sewed a gathering stitch along the bottom (and top, though not shown in this pic) of the sleeves, and then gathered it to fit the bias tape piece.

Then I sandwiched it between the tape, and sewed those on to the sleeves. I then gathered the top to fit the arm holes (shown here also) and sewed the sleeves in, and the right sides of the dress together.

Also use some bias tape to sew your collar together, per the Sadie shirt.

I then decided where to place my casing for the elastic waist, I did it about 4 inches in from the side seams, and I don’t know how far from the armpits, I just eyeballed it! Placed some pins there so I could see where it started from the inside.

I cut a long strip of material 3/4 inch long, then cut it to fit the length from pin to pin around the dress.

I then serged the edges so they’d be enclosed. You could zig zag stitch too, or sew up a tube to be your casing.

 Then I pinned it to the inside of my dress. Luckily the polka dots helped me keep the casing really straight!

 like so…Then, I sewed along the top and bottom of the casing, making sure there was enough space for the 1/4″ elastic to fit through. I then cut my elastic (mine was about 14″ I think, I held it up to Sadie and held my breath. I cut it too short the first time-10″-and had to take it out!), and then threaded it through with a safety pin, sewed down one end of the elastic, pulled the other end out, and sewed that down too.

Then I covered the buttons with some green fabric I had, sewed those to the dress, and wha-la! done and done. It’s a super simple but adorable dress! I hope your eyes don’t hurt from the pictures of this fabric, it’s not as bright in person, promise. My camera doesn’t like it though. lol.

Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks guys!


  1. O soo adorable.
    If your up for it I’ld love a tutorial for the adult version.

  2. Awesome! Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to try it out. 🙂

  3. I adore this– thank you so much for the tute!

  4. Had to pop over from google reader to let you know how cute this dress is!

    Jess you make me want to sew cute little girl outfits, even though I dont know how to sew, and dont have any kids…hahaha!

    I have to ask – do you make like multiple dresses or just the one? Like, since you have the pattern and tried it out you can make a bunch… though i guess Sadie has tons to choose from already… hmm

    You are so talented! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

  5. That dress turned out so cute! I would love to make one for my little girl. I love it!

  6. Very very cute! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I like it better that most of the ones entered in Project Run-and-Play this week. Wish you were still there!
    Laura Pettit

  8. Great tutorial Jess!

  9. I love everything about this dress. Now you need to make an adult version with cap sleeves.
    Jessica, you are super talented.

  10. I just adore this dress! Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial, will have to try this one out for my little miss.

  11. Thanks everyone! Laura-most of the time I wing it and just cut into the fabric…this dress I did make a “muslin” out of some cheap fabric cause I wanted to make sure it would work right. And yes, Sadie has WAY too many dresses. I may start listing some of them on etsy. 😉

  12. I may need to make the grown up version of this dress. I just love it so much! Thanks for the excellent tutorial!

  13. Sooo cute! May have to give this one a try, too.

  14. Great tutorial, Jess. I really love this one.

  15. One of the other blogs that I read is doing a knock off contest, you should check it out!

  16. Adorable! 🙂

  17. <3
    emma en mona

  18. Totally adorable! I just found your site…and I love what you do!

  19. I’m late to the party, but am going to give this a whirl tomorrow… let’s all say a prayer for this novice!

  20. Anonymous says

    You are so clever! i am so impressed. I am just about to begin my adventure into making some summer clothes for my little girl, with you by my side i know i can do it! maybe! : )

  21. This is such a cute dress! Peaches and Bees linked to you from a dress she just made for her daughter using your pattern. Thanks for such a great tutorial! I’m new here, so will follow everywhere!
    Gina @ Gina’s Craft Corner

  22. I love your tutorials. I got many ideas for sewing from them like the mandarin collars overlapping neck patterns and many basic things as im very new to sewing. Thanks for the effort and sharing.

  23. Super cute dress. I can’t wait to make this for my little (also named Sadie)!

  24. Heidi Wilson says

    You should make an actual pattern for this dress, I would buy it


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