Such Great Heights

by Erin on February 4, 2010


Anthropologie Heights Dress

Anthropologie actually calls this the Great Heights Shift, so they are to blame for the instant earworm I just gave you, not me. Honest. (Anyone earwormed with the Iron & Wine version? Raise your hand in the comments.)

Eirlys sent me the link to this dress (I'm pretty sure — Eirlys, was that you?) and I've been a-thinkin' about it something fierce. Not that I will buy this dress, because (given the reviews) it probably wouldn't fit me very well, but because I love this fabric. Love. It. So I keep thinking of ways to get me some. Like, "calling Anthropologie headquarters, tracking down stalking the manufacturer, and begging" ways. None of which will work, because, given the way modern retailing works, this dress was made months ago and there's probably, like, a yard of this fabric left (and it's being used to re-cover an ottoman, or make a cat-bed). Sigh. Anyway, that little picture up there doesn't do the fabric justice, click on the link and do the mouse-y close-up thing. (You know. That thing.) THEN you'll see. This would make the cutest A-line skirt with pockets … or another Heidi, of course.

Completely unrelated: I found an awesome new (old) word for "someone who sews": sewster. You're welcome.

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beangirl February 4, 2010 at 6:03 am

OK first off, this suggestion necessitates several prerequirements that may or may not seem completely whackadoodle to you but:could you reproduce this fabric (or close to this) yourself and have it printed ala Spoonflowering it? Obviously this would require an ability (and willingness) to draw. Its possible stalking- er- begging the manufacturer would be more feasable.

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Joni February 4, 2010 at 6:47 am

Sorry but my earworm is of the Postal Service variety – for me its Ben Gibbard or nothing, but YMMV.This dress reminds me of that book that was, like, a cross-country drive and you read it and its a day landscape and then you turn it upside down and its the night landscape. The drawings were all black-and-white like this and it was a very popular book when I was in elementary school in the 80s. Anyone remember what that book was called?

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bridget February 4, 2010 at 6:54 am

While its certainly not exactly the same, I have a fat quarter of a print called City Limits seen here:http://www.flickr.com/photos/15539359@N03/2219623774from a shop in Toronto called The Workroom. Its all black background and is a little more whimsical than the Anthropologie one, but at least its fabric available for sale to the general public!And yes, Iron and Wine, in my head all day now… :)

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Sal February 4, 2010 at 7:25 am

IMMEDIATELY with the Iron Wine.

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sarah February 4, 2010 at 7:26 am

I love sewster!! Much better than sewist. And anything is better than sewer. As for the fabric — I wonder if theres any way to find out where their remnants go? Otherwise, yeah spoonflower…

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Nathalie February 4, 2010 at 7:44 am

I absolutely love skyscraper/ city fabrics and must admit to owning quite a few. eQuilter have a slightly abstract one which I really like (although for some reason, havent succumbed to yet), sadly it doesnt have the great border – http://equilter.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/st_prod.html?p_prodid=111693sid=93LKiA2Sa2aP0MF-28110380368.37 -

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Lisa Simeone February 4, 2010 at 7:54 am

Erin, isnt this similar to that fab CityQuilter.com fabric you showed us a few months ago, in their Olde New York and NYC series? Heres the link (sorry its so long — I still stink at that HTML thing):http://secure.netsolhost.com/191487.194242/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGYStore_Code=CQOCategory_Code=FQNY

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AEBL February 4, 2010 at 8:11 am

I love the fabric up close! However, from afar, its kinda creepy. Does anyone else feel like they are looking at a giant snaggle toothed mouth when viewing the dress from afar? Then again, maybe thats due to the dinosaur related homework I was helping my DD with last night.

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Jen February 4, 2010 at 8:47 am

Sewster?Do they were fedoras, black pinstriped suits and two-tone wing tips when they sew?

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becky f. February 4, 2010 at 8:47 am

I loved this dress, too, when I saw it on anthros site — good luck with the great fabric search!And I wanted to say thanks for the non-earworm, since I dont think Id heard the song before (but its — well, *theyre* — great, so Im glad I have now)!

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lise February 4, 2010 at 8:59 am

Postal Service for me, though I have the Iron Wine version on my iPod too.

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Sarah February 4, 2010 at 9:32 am

Oh wow! This dress makes me wish I knew how to screen print. Actually, a lot of clothing I see make me wish I could create prints.@Lisa Simeone:Holy cow I LOVE the NYC subway fabrics! Theyre fabulous. I dont even live in NYC and Id love to make something from them. Too cool.

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BreeAsInTheTown February 4, 2010 at 9:42 am

I love this dress! Makes me wanna spoonflower the fabric!As for the Iron Wine version of Such Great Heights, I walked down the aisle at my wedding to that version as played by my nephew.

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Kiki von Tiki February 4, 2010 at 9:53 am

If youre in the LA area, you can go to the garment disctrict and probably find a bolt of that fabric. Ive found stuff there that was the previous seasons retail remnants.

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AngelaBeth February 4, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Dress is gorgeous! And..*raises hand* Such Great Heights Iron Wine cover since 2006. :) LOVE IT.

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Stephanie in Kansas February 4, 2010 at 2:52 pm

At thefind.com, on elkabee fabric paradise, theres some fabric thats awful darn close. Sometimes close isnt good enuf, but it was fun to look for it anyway. We dont have buildings that high in Kansas.:o)

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Serendipity Handmade February 4, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Awesome word…I think I like sewster better than sewist too! I hope you put it in Wordnik!

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lucitebox February 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm

I was browsing the comments on the Anthropologie site. I couldnt understand why someone would buy this dress (with a cityscape print!) and write this: CONS: design looks like a city lanscape While I like the fit of this dress, I cant move beyond feeling like Im wearing a black/white picture of buildings. Felt like I was advertising the San Francisco skyline or something. Aesthically Im going to pass on this one.It sounds like the fit and the quality is not so great. Im on the fence with this print and believe me, I love novelty prints.

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lucitebox February 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm

I was browsing the comments on the Anthropologie site. I couldnt understand why someone would buy this dress (with a cityscape print!) and write this: CONS: design looks like a city lanscape While I like the fit of this dress, I cant move beyond feeling like Im wearing a black/white picture of buildings. Felt like I was advertising the San Francisco skyline or something. Aesthically Im going to pass on this one.It sounds like the fit and the quality is not so great. Im on the fence with this print and believe me, I love novelty prints.

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Kristen February 4, 2010 at 8:04 pm

strange, I would think one would buy the dress BECAUSE of the city scape feel… love love. Sewster! Awesome!

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Lisette February 4, 2010 at 8:17 pm

You can always make your own here:http://www.visionbedding.com/Fabric/Cityscape.php

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Anonymous February 4, 2010 at 8:59 pm

I thought the same thing Joni! I have that book in my classroom (I think) but I dont remember the title either. darn!JenL

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Lizzie February 5, 2010 at 11:03 am

This dress is part of Anthropologies Vera Neumann collection. Maybe the Vera Company would have the info about the fabric. I think we ought to bug them about producing Vera fabrics anyway!http://www.theveracompany.com/index.php

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itsheknits February 5, 2010 at 1:44 pm

You could stalk the Anthropologie sale page and try to get it in a ginormous size, then you could size it to fit your dimensions. Ive done that with Thrift Store dresses… when you just know youll never come across that fabric again and cant live without it even though there is no way that 22W muu-mu is going to work.

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Theresa February 5, 2010 at 9:38 pm

umm there is a store in Harrisonburg Va, Ragtime Fabrics that buys remnants of fabric from the NY Fashion district. You can google them.

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Marcia February 5, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Iron and Wine.Though it didnt come up until you said earworm and I had to go back and figure out what you were referring to

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indigotangerine February 6, 2010 at 2:21 pm

such an awesome print! Im sure you already know about this, but I found your blog through the book Breakfast at Bloomingdales, where it was mentioned. Just figured Id pass that on in case you somehow hadnt heard about it.-indigo

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Bec February 7, 2010 at 5:18 am

I didnt even realize there was anything other than the Postal Service version of Such Great Heights.OMG, love the City Limits print. I must have it! Hee.AEBL, you are not the only one, I see giant creepy teeth, too. In my case, I see Venom from Spiderman and not dinosaur teeth.

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Pinup Dresses February 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Reminds me of a New York City skyline circle skirt I passed up at the Miami Vintage Show. Boo :( What was I thinking??

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Kayjayoh February 7, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Iron Wine is the version I know.

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Louise February 9, 2010 at 3:02 am

Very, very cool.

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j.b. February 9, 2010 at 9:27 am

Definitely Iron and Wine. I LOVE that version. Theyre a great band. Love, love, love. :)

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Anonymous February 9, 2010 at 11:12 pm

In CBSs magazine (is it called Watch?), a few months ago, they had a blond starlet — maybe Kaley Cuoco — in a black and white dress with a cityscape on it, and she had a matching cape in basically the reverse of the pattern. I liked the picture enough to clip it out, but I cant find the picture online.

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Anonymous February 10, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Okay the book is called Round Trip by Ann Jonas and I did have it in my classroom library :)JenL

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Rainy Daisy February 10, 2010 at 10:06 pm

hand=raised. eye=caught. wallet=empty? There must be fabric similar to this out there….

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Sarah February 10, 2010 at 10:54 pm

the iron wine version of ANYTHING is complete love.

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Eirlys February 21, 2010 at 9:30 am

Ah, yes, it was me, Erin. Sorry to be so slow replying – Ive been snoozing at the back of the auditorium. Love the fabric and hope youve located a secret stash of it at a bargain price. Agree with the commenter who said this pattern really makes you want to learn screen-printing. Yes, sewster is a great epithet. At the risk of being a sewster-boaster, Ive been using it for a year or so (proof: hhtp://www.facebook.com/topic.php?topic=5793post=62420uid=30565087588#post62420). Particularly adorable that it rhymes with toaster. Word freaks and limerick fans may also like to know that theres a homonym location in Northamptonshire, UK: Towcester. Any sewsters from Towcester want to step forward?

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Liz March 3, 2010 at 3:13 am

Just saw someone wearing this dress at OUP, Oxford and it is indeed fabulous (and I made sure to tell her that)!

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Judi July 16, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Theresa’s probably onto something – find out where they send their remnants. My favourite (Australian) design house dumps their end-of-bolt remnants at a fabric store a few hours away, and once a month I scrounge the remnants bin for Cue fabrics to be MINE ALL MINE. They’re often 2m+ pieces, always wide fabrics – awesome! This is mostly so I can pretend that I’d still fit in anything they make.

…yeah, that hasn’t been the case since I was sixteen, before my figure got all womanly on me.

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Jana September 23, 2010 at 10:02 am

If a sewster is one who sews, and a spinster is one who spins, an a webster is one who weaves, what do you call someone who hams or lobs?

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Cassidy October 30, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Iron and Wine version is me and my hubby’s song. Aww…. tenda’.

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