Anthropologie Inspired Sweater Skirt

So I have a bit of a love affair.  I am in love with everything about Anthropologie – their clothes, their accessories, kitchen items and their window displays.  It is a store full of pretty!

Unfortunately Anthropologie’s regular price tags are a little too much for my budget (thank goodness for the sale room!!)

So today I want to show you a skirt that looks like it came straight out of Anthropologie.


Isn’t it cute.  But guess what?  It didn’t come from Anthropologie and it didn’t have an Anthropologie price tag.

This skirt came from my craft room – yes, I made it and I can’t wait to show you how.  When I made the skirt I didn’t initially intend for it to be a tutorial so my photos are a little lacking.  I don’t have photos of each step but hopefully there is enough for you to get a good idea how I did it.

A few weeks ago a few friends and I went to a local bazaar and met a lady who was making the most darling children’s skirts out of old sweaters.  She added cute little embellishments and they looked like they could have come from Anthropologie.  We decided if she could make them for little people why couldn’t we make them for big people!

After leaving the bazaar we headed straight to Goodwill to pick up a few sweaters.

I found this red large, J Crew men’s sweater for 6.99 and it just screamed skirt to me – can’t you just see it! I also found a gray one that I’m going to make into a skirt for myself.


This is a little confusing and hopefully I’ll make sense but a few tips for deciding what size sweater you need.  You have two options, depending on the size and height of the person you are making the skirt for.  Tessa is tall so I needed a sweater that was long enough from the underarm on down because the part above the underarm was too narrow from seam to seam to fit over her hips.  Make sense??? The body of the sweater below the armpit area is wider than above where the sleeves are attached.  This is the part of the sweater I used to make the skirt.

If the width of the sweater is large enough to fit over the hips between the sleeves up top  then you can use the whole body of the sweater from the neckline down.

The first thing I did was cut the sleeves off and then cut the top of the sweater off at the underarm.


I also cut the ribbing off of each sleeve.  I used the ribbing from the sleeves and the neckline to make embellishments.

The ribbing along the bottom of the sweater will be the hem of your skirt.  I used one of Tessa’s other skirts as a pattern.  Laying it on top and then cutting out the sweater slightly bigger, leaving a seam allowance on both sides and enough on top for an elastic casing.  I serged the side seams together and then serged around the waistline edge before turning it over and making a casing for elastic.

Be sure and try the skirt on after sewing up the side seams to check the length before sewing down the waistband.

The next part is the fun part – the embellishment and what makes the skirt look like it came right out of the Anthropologie catalog.

I sewed the two sleeve ribbing pieces together and then serged the raw edge to make the large flower embellishment.  You can also use the neck edge to make a flower.  Just run a gathering stitch through the serged edge and gather it up together  Take a few stitches to hold the center together.




For the flower on the skirt I used the two sleeve ribbings sewn together.

I used some ecru crocheted lace I had to make the little flower on the inside of the bigger flower and then just added a button for the center.


The leaves are cut from some wool houndstooth suiting I had.


I just cut them free hand and then stitched them down onto the skirt, leaving the edges raw.  I then tacked the large knit flower down.


Then I made a few little rosettes out of the houndstooth fabric and some lining fabric.  For a great tutorial on making the rosettes go here.


They were tacked down to the skirt too and we were good to go!


Isn’t it stinkin’ cute!!!


Now I can’t wait to get to work on the sweater I bought for myself!  So what do you think?

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    camie says:

    LOVE IT! How clever to make the flower out of ribbing. I especially loved how you recycled other things to make it. My husband cut up two wool sweaters I had in a pile for Goodwill and made a messenger bag for our daughter’s tap shoes without a pattern. I’d love to see the skirt you make for yourself.

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    Jacquelyn says:

    This is seriously beautiful. I too am an Anthropologie lover, used to work there actually. Probably the least take home money I have ever made at a job ;) You make it sound so easy, I will definitely have to try it.

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    Lynn says:

    Love it!!! I sure wish I had some sewing talents. Seriously. I think of all these things I could do in my head…..and that’s how far it gets. ; (

    Can’t wait to see the skirt you make for yourself as well.

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    Wow, I LOVE it. I especially love the flowe you made out of the cuff:)

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    Jeanette says:

    I love it! The fit is so nice….can’t wait to try one of my own! By the way, I love Anthro too!!!! Especially their kitchen line and their measuring cups/spoons are my very favorite. Will you take picture of the skirt you make and show us as well??? Happy Thanksgiving~

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    Lorilee says:

    Gorgeous!! Tessa looks adorable too!

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    lisa says:

    what a great idea. I think I have someone who I could make one for. I will have to give it a go next week for sure.

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    Tamara says:

    Absolutely love it. I’m on my way to Goodwill to see about sweaters. Thanks for sharing!

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    Laurie says:

    I can tell there is going to be a run on men’s sweaters at Goodwill! I agree, that is stinkin’ cute! My oldest daughter who is also tall, would love one and I am thinking us shorties could get away with it too! Thanks for your fabulous ideas and tutorial! Have a great Thanksgiving!

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    Cathy says:

    That skirt is the cutest thing ever and yes, it is more stinkin’ that anything I have seen in a long time. Pat yourself on the back and have Tessa walk into Anthropologie and see if the sales clerks ask her where she got it. I am sure young and old alike will wonder where she bought something that unique and cute.
    Now I want one!

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    edyB says:

    Love it! Love Anthropologie, too, but the prices ~ ouch!
    This skirt is pretty and of course perfect for your girl, Tessa. It looks super cute on her.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family.

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    Sharyl says:

    Now that is just cute!!! I have twin girls…..sweater skirts coming up.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and family

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    Suzanne says:

    That is so cute! Now if I can just figure out how to do it for myself.

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    Robyn N says:

    Love it. I’m not a sewer – but know a few people who are. I’m going to forward this to them..maybe one of them will make something cute for Sydney!

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    nancy says:


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    Andrea says:

    I liked this so much I not only linked to it, I stumbled it!
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    Catherine says:

    That is too cute, Leigh Anne! I am impressed by your talent!

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    What a great idea! The skirt looks fabulous! I need to look through my husband’s cast-offs!
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    Kara says:

    This is just beautiful Leigh Anne! I’m featuring it on my site today. :)
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    Holly says:

    Tessa is too stinking cute, too! (And love the skirt!)

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    Debi Weinert says:

    Such a clever skirt – and to think it is recycling which is so popular now too -
    I love everything about it ! Can’t wait to see what you sew up next!


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