Summery semi-sheer Anthro-ey dress

I was inspired by this lovely dress from Anthropologie... it's a lightweight cotton with circle texture woven in.  Slightly high waist and collar overlap, like the one I showed you how to do when making this dress.
Except on this dress, I used the bodice from a very similar vintage pattern from my mom's collection, one she made herself long ago--Vogue 8870.  It's got the collar shape already; I just softened the corner.  I thought about having it open down the center front, with a placket in the gathered skirt, but instead made it a faux front fastening with a zipper in the back.
I used a lovely semi-sheer woven stripe cotton I've had for a long time, can't remember where I got it.  I used some nice Dill buttons on it that match the color very closely.  Compared to the Anthro version, mine has a little fuller skirt and it does have the waistband, like the vintage version.  Here's how it came out!
 
And I really think I need new belts, because I wanted to try this with a belt but this braided one was the best I could find, and I don't really think it goes... what do you think?
So there it is.  Simple, lightweight and summery!

22 comments

  1. Pair the dress and belt with some cowgirl boots and I think you'd have a rocking outfit!

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  2. Very pretty! I agree with you about the belt - personally, I like a self-fabric belt with this kind of dress, and if the (possible square, rather narrow) buckle is also covered with the same material, it is a perfect finish. Can you tell I had dresses like this one? ;)

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  3. So cute! I love it with a belt, but with you that the brown one might not be "the" belt. It looks super cute!

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  4. Cute dress. :-) I like it with the belt!

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  5. Looks great!

    natasha @ twenty-something blog
    http://poshxoxo.blogspot.com

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  6. I think it would be nice with a self fabric belt, a pretty floral fabric belt, or black patent with patent pumps. Great work!! I love seeing how you interpret the dresses you see online and in catalogs!

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  7. Nice DIY! A cardigan will be nice as the weather transitions. Anthros snakebite belt would look nice as well. What is the Vogue pattern number? Your version is very cute!

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  8. Great job! I love the color and I like it with the belt, but you could add a different belt to dress it up.

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  9. I love the dress and think that you could mix it's very versatile. You could pair it with a different belt for a new look, pair it with a cardi, or tie a scarf around it (as a belt, scarf or shawl) for a whole new look.

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  10. Love the dress! I can envision it with a cute cardigan sweater this fall.

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  11. you did such an awesome job, the end product is amazing!

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  12. Cute cute! You are really talented. Love the softness of the dress :)

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  13. I like it with the brown belt personally!

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  14. I really like how you rounded the front part (hope that makes sense)!!

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  15. Gorgeous, very girly and summery! I hadn't seen your tutorial but I might have to get that pattern now :D

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  16. Totally love the belt! (And the dress too)

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  17. Love this! Great job! ;-)

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  18. I would make a matching belt out of the same fabric. What year is the pattern from?

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  19. JBalloon--That could be pretty! I don't know what year exactly, I gave it back to my mom, but it was probably 1975ish?

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  20. Beautiful...70's had some great wearable sundresses. I'm trying to find the pattern I used back mid 70's--seems like everyone in Jr hi home ec mad it!!

    .....some similar elements...contrasting foldover band and straps wide enough to hide a bra strap. But zipper back and "princess" type darts (no waistline). Soo frustrating..

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