A Rose From Rose

by Erin on November 27, 2005


Anthropologie Empress Dress
Okay, actually, they're peonies (which I like more than roses, anyway) but isn't this a nice example of the dress I'm currently obsessed with? Rose let me know about it.

I like especially (you can't see it in the teen-einsy picture) that it fastens with side buttons. It's a nice detail, although it means you can't fudge the fit the way you sometimes can with a zipper, or the buttons will pop right off.

There's another very similar one in a nice blue-greeny print, too.

Luckily, hotpatterns.com say they will start shipping again Dec 1. Guess who will be feverishing hitting "Refresh" on their page to order their Boho dress pattern? I have the most perfect art deco steel grey and blue print for it …

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shana November 27, 2005 at 7:35 pm

I hate you for making me go want dresses at Anthropologie which I can neither afford nor fit. Never mind “look good in” (because several of them are gorgeous, but would make me look all kinds of weird, or pregnant) BOO!

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Jonquil November 28, 2005 at 5:01 pm

Now I’m starting to worry that this dress will be all over the street this winter and dreary as a leisure suit by Spring. I suppose the right fabric choice dominates the cut.

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Rain December 26, 2005 at 12:31 pm

Thanks ROSE for posting the HOTPATTERNS link, I immediately went out and ordered the pattern.I, too, LOVE this dress and drool over the picture which is tacked to my bulletin board.BUT, at a proud SIZE 16, there is no way I could squeeze my gorgeous bod into an Anthropolgie 14.What about making the sleeves wider, so they match the picture? Can I just “cut them bigger??” I’m a new sewer and love dramatic dresses.

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patsijean April 29, 2006 at 9:50 pm

rain: Of course you can make the sleeves wider. You will need a couple of wide strips of tissue paper, a ruler and pencil, and some tape. Just lay the sleeve pattern flat, tape a strip of tissue to each side of the pattern along the seam lines(from the underarm seam to the hem), measure out from the hem 1-3 inches (or more depending on how wide you want the total width–1/2 the total additional width on each side and mark, take your ruler and draw a new seam line from each mark to the underarm seams on each side, connect the new side seams to the existing hem, cut and sew. It should take you about 5 minutes to widen the sleeve.

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