Sunday, June 15, 2014

Knock off Anthropologie Oblique Pencil Skirt + tutorial (a two seam, 30 minute project!)

So if you've been following us for a while, you know that I (Jessica) am a big fan of Anthropologie. Well, a big fan of their aesthetic, not so much their prices! Last summer I knocked off the Pattern Pop Tee, and the Bee Keeper Blouse, and last fall I made my own version of their Toulouse Earrings.

Because honestly, once you have basic sewing/jewelry making skills, a lot of their stuff is super easy! Take this skirt for example:

anthropologie oblique pencil skirt knock off sewing tutorial

I was lusting after the Oblique Pencil Skirt as soon as I saw it! But for the hefty price of $78 (!!!) there was no way I was going to buy it. I immediately pinned it to our sewing Pinterest board and I was sure I could easily make my own version. Which I did.

And as it turned out, it was much easier then I expected! My version of the Oblique pencil skirt cost me about $5, and only takes two seams. That's right. You read that correctly. You only have to sew two seams.

anthropologie oblique pencil skirt knock off sewing tutorial

And check out these weird pictures of just my legs!

anthropologie oblique pencil skirt knock off sewing tutorial
anthropologie oblique pencil skirt knock off sewing tutorial

knock-off Anthropologie Oblique skirt sewing tutorial:

You'll need:
About 1 yard of jersey fabric. Stretchier is better!
Matching thread
Sissors
A sewing machine
$5
30 minutes of your time

anthropologie oblique pencil skirt knock off sewing tutorial

1. Cut out a basic rectangle for your skirt. You'll need your waist measurement, and your desired length. (I made mine a mid-calf length, but you could go longer or shorter if you want a longer or shorter skirt.) My rectangle was about 33 inches x 40 inches. Then you'll cut out a rectangle that is (waist measurement) x 6 inches. You'll fold this over to make your waistband piece.

2. Pin your waistband piece onto the wrong side of your skirt fabric. Sew it down using a zig zag stitch so it will streatch!

3. Flip your waistband up, and lay your skirt piece out, right side up. Take the bottom corner of one side and fold it up to meet the waistband seam as shown. (You can pin this in place, I found that step 4 was easier when it was pinned.)

4. Fold your skirt piece over so the sides meet, right sides facing. Make sure to keep your corner you folded up in place! Pin really well and then sew with a zig zag stitch. You could hem the edges of your jersey if you wanted, but mine was fine the way it was since jersey doesn't fray, and a hem made the twisted side look bulky. You're done!

I told you it was easy. Take THAT Anthropologie with your $78 two-seam skirt!

And for giggles, here's a real life shot my daughter caught of me taking a break during our photo session, coffee in hand as usual. (thanks to the Flying M Coffee Garage) Because one does not take pictures of oneself without needing some caffeine in one's system. And because not every picture turns out perfectly!

anthropologie oblique skirt knock off sewing tutorial

Hopefully you are as stoked about this project as I am. I have the fabric to make two more already! If you make your own, be sure to send us pictures and we just might feature them here on Domestic Bliss Squared. And if you're looking for more of our sewing projects, you can check those out on our sewing page!




12 comments:

  1. Wow - I love how simple that is (I'm forever copying designers!) - plus I think your version looks better!

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    1. Thanks so much Katy! I love that you think mine is better! I am hunting for the perfect grey jersey to make a grey version like the original though...

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  2. Very cute skirt. Looks wonderful on you. Great work.

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  3. OMG! I need this in my life. Looks easy enough for a newbie like me =) #creativemondays

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    1. Thanks! Let us know if you make one...we'd love love love to see it!

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  4. Love it! I definitely need to make one for me.

    Alena & http://garmentsspeech.blogspot.com/

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  5. I love this skirt, and you're right, every time I see it on different sites it is kind of pricey. I love how you created your own, and it really looks better than the Anthro version! =)

    p.s. - discovered you through the Penniless Socialite FASHION FRIDAY #55

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  6. Omg, you always have the best projects, and it would be fun to make this one! You look amazing in it as always, and plus your top & shoes are just right with it too! :)

    Diane @ Vintage Zest

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    1. Thank you so much Diane! If you make one please, please please let us see the results!

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  7. I'm really impressed with how much your skirt looks like the original, I think I'm going to have o make this when I've got a spare 1/2 hour

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