Vogue 8904: The Anthropologie Column Dress Knockoff

vogue 8904 striped column dress anthropologie knockoff

For discerning readers out there, two things may look familiar here: the striped fabric and the pattern. I love them both dearly, so it seemed only fitting to birth their love child. After a couple relaxing nights of cutting, pinning, and sewing, out popped my second iteration of Vogue 8904.

vogue 8904 striped column dress

This time around, I made the shorter version but kept it sleeveless for seasonal purposes. The dress took considerably less time overall since the pattern pieces were already cut out and ready to go.

Hot tip: A cool iron works wonders on wrinkled, creased pattern pieces. I picked that info up from one of my Grainline patterns, so thanks, Jen!

Side note: The left side of my face was still very much novocaine numb from an earlier dentist appointment, so please excuse any Derp Face in this post.

vogue 8904 striped column dress

The pattern: V8904, view A without the sleeves

Alterations: added 1″ of length at the waist (same as the last dress)

Fabric: for the base layer (which is completely hidden by the shingles), I used a black knit bought for $3.95/yard at Textile Discount Outlet in Chicago. I’m not sure about the content, but it’s not too dissimilar in stretch from the top layers. For the shingles, I used my beloved striped bamboo-lycra blend from Girl Charlee.

I sewed the neck binding in the flat, like the pattern directs. But then I CUT A HOLE in the binding attempting to trim the excess fabric down. (Insert sounds of glass shattering and a banshee scream.) Instead of unpicking an entire row of lightning-bolt stitches, I cut the neckband off as closely to the original stitching as I could. I then cut a new neckband, stitched it into a circle, press it in half lengthwise with wrong sides together, and sewed it on in the round.

vogue 8904 striped column dress

I’ve sewn a good handful of knit neckbands in the round now, and I’m pretty happy with this result. To anchor the neckband, I used an edgestitching foot to stitch verrrry closely just below the seam line. I sewed the armholes in the round for the hell of it, topstitching near the seam to anchor them. I might go back and unpick that stitching, though, since it’s a little wonky and uneven for my taste. We’ll see if I find the energy.

And now for a side-by-side comparison of V8904 and one of the Bailey 44 layered column dresses I drooled over for ages at Anthropologie (now retired, but originally $178 LOLOLOL):

v8904 anthropologie bailey 44 dress comparison

Obviously this model’s beach house beats my backdrop: a gravel-filled lot where the garbage cans live. Styling aside, V8904 holds its own pretty well, especially considering that this dress cost less than $20 in fabric. The stripe matching ain’t perfect (although the top and bottom shingles are pretty good), but this dress is so forgiving that the imperfect stripes don’t stress me out. This little number will most likely make an appearance on my Me Made May feed… maybe in Vegas?

What are your tried-and-true patterns?

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A comprehensive list of every piece I’ve ever blogged about, from my very first skirt to my tailored wool coat. Click the links below to jump to a specific section.

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Knit Tops

Toaster Sweater #2 (November 2018)
Driftless Cardigan (December 2017)
Santa Fe Top (June 2017)
Vallynne Tank (June 2017
Toaster Sweater (December 2016)
Plantain Tee #3 (April 2016)
Three Grainline Lark Tees (October 2015)
Mandy Boat Tee #3 (April 2014)
Split-hem Linden (March 2015)
Plantain Tee #2 (March 2015)
Two Mandy Boat Tees (February 2015)
Plantain Tee #1 (January 2015)
Hemlock Tee (October 2014)
Madewell-style knit Scout (August 2014)

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Woven Tops

Pendleton Wool Archer (November 2017)
Sleeveless Butterick B6324 in tencel
(June 2017)
Chambray V-neck
(April 2017)
Willow Tank (February 2017)
Short-sleeved Archer (October 2016)
Ruby Top #2 (September 2016)
Off-the-shoulder top (July 2016)
Voile Scout (July 2016)
Willow Tank (June 2016)
Archer Button Up #3 (March 2016)
Flannel Scout (October 2015)
Archer Button Up #2 (November 2015)
Ruby top #1 (June 2015)
Archer Button Up #1 (March 2015)
Sorbetto crop top (July 2014)
Chambray Sorbetto (July 2014)
Scout Tee #1 (June 2014)

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Knit Dresses

Nikko Dress (March 2018)
Santa Fe Dress
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Butterick B6207 (April 2017)
Lola Sweatshirt Dress (January 2017)
Neenah Dress (January 2017)
Gold Inari Dress (December 2016)
Vogue 8904 #3 (March 2016)
Inari Tee Dress (August 2015)
Vogue 8904 #2 (May 2015)
Vogue 8904 #1 (September 2014)

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Woven Dresses

Alder Shirtdress (July 2018)
Coram Dress (June 2018)
By Hand London Georgia Dress (August 2017)
Trina Dress
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Rifle Paper Co. Anna Dress (September 2016)
Hannah Dress (July 2016, pictured at top)
Cardamome Dress (June 2016)
Maxi Anna Dress (January 2016)
Laurel Dress (July 2015)
Salme shirt dress (May 2014)

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McCall’s M6654 (December 2014)
Half-circle skirt (August 2014)
Quarter-circle skirt (April 2014)

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Pants and Shorts

Flint Pants (August 2017)
Maritime Shorts (July 2017)
Jeans (March 2017)
Simplicity 1371 shorts
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Sallie jumpsuit (November 2017)
Sallie romper (July 2015)

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Hudson Pants #3 (January 2016)
Linden Sweatshirt (January 2015)
Two pairs of Hudson Pants (September 2014)

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Tamarack Jacket (April 2018)
Clare Coat (February 2016)
Morris Blazer (August 2015)

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My first quilt (September 2017)
Portside Dopp Kit (July 2014)
Quilted coasters (July 2014)

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McCall’s 6044 raccoon shirt (May 2017)
McCall’s 6044 fox shirt (October 2016)
Muscle men Negroni (July 2016)
Octopus Negroni (July 2015)
Strathcona T-shirt (December 2014)

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Captain Hook and Cap’n Crunch (2018)
Rainbow Fish (2017)
Marge Simpson (2016)
Cruella de Vil (2015)
Willy Wonka coats (2014)

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