Anthro Knockoff: Simplicity 8045

By | April 13, 2016


Okay, so let’s be clear: this is my attempt at knocking off the Amadi Off-the-Shoulder Cowl Tee, retailing at Anthropologie for $68.

Let’s also be clear on this: I was wildly successful here. My version cost about $8, for about a yard and a half of ponte, and a bit of 1/4″ elastic.

Super-professional collage effort here, folks

Super-professional collage effort here, folks

I rule.

I have to give most of the credit to the pattern. Knowing which pattern to use to make this top was a no-brainer: Simplicity 8045. Still, I was impressed at how easily the pattern went together, and how clear the instructions were. It’s the first Mimi G branded pattern I’ve tried (I have another in the stash), and I’m optimistic that the others are as good.


I shortened this to make it a top, and I eliminated the side ruching and also the foldover ruching (weird uniboob effect successfully avoided!).

Here’s what stood out to me:

The sizing — It starts at a 10, which is totally unusual. I cut a 10, and it fit like a typical 6. So, definitely check the flat pattern measurements when choosing a size. I lucked out–I cut the smallest size and crossed my fingers, and it worked. Honestly, I could’ve done this with 3/8″ seams and been good. Seriously, be careful on the sizing.

The instructions — Clear and simple. The use of elastic for a ruching effect is an easy and seemingly smart application. I nixed the ruching on the side seams and only used the elastic on the collar (not the collar sides, just around the neckline/shoulders) and it was easy to apply and functions well.

The drafting — What?! Curves actually built into a knit pattern? Well, knock me over with a feather. Perhaps I’m exaggerating, but so, so much of the sewing world is about shapes that are “interesting” but perhaps not flattering or — dare I say it? — sexy. And in my experience with knit patterns, shape is usually provided through negative ease, not through actual shaping. The front and back pattern pieces provide all the curve needed to create the body-hugging silhouette, without relying solely on negative ease.

The simplicity — Just a front, back, sleeves, and foldover collar. Easy. There’s so much shape and style built into so few pattern pieces. I can’t decide if I should be underwhelmed or overwhelmed, to be honest. The pieces aren’t complicated or some miracle of drafting or design, but they do what they’re supposed to, without any extra fuss.

PS -- This is what this type of top looks like when you actually wear it and move around.

PS — This is what this type of top looks like when you actually wear it and move around.

The only drawback is that this was so easy to make that I don’t have the sense of hard-won victory that typically comes with a challenging pattern.

I had a brief stitching session in the morning, then finished it in the afternoon and wore it that evening. (I ran out of thread with less than an inch of sleeve hem to go, so I said “screw it” and left it like that.) I only made a top, but the full dress would probably have taken about 30 minutes more, tops.

Seriously, I love it. It’s a date night t-shirt basically, and so far it looks good with everything.

Pretty sure I just invented the new duckface here...

Pretty sure I just invented the new duckface here…

So, enter my closet, my Nailed-It Knock-Off Top!

14 thoughts on “Anthro Knockoff: Simplicity 8045

  1. Lora

    Super cute…How many inches did you take off the fold over collar??

    1. Sara in Stitches Post author

      Hi Lora — there’s a pattern piece for the elastic that’s intended to be attached to the holdover collar. I shortened the collar pattern piece to be as long as that elastic pattern piece. (Maybe about 3″ shorter than drafted.)

  2. Linda galante

    Really cute, better than the anthro version. I’ve tried a couple of Mimi G pattern and the fit seems to be consistently great! I’ll have to pick this one up!

    1. Sara in Stitches Post author

      Thanks, Linda! It’s helpful to hear that you’ve also had good experiences with this line.

  3. Jennifer A

    Looks great! I prefer yours over the Anthro one. I’m going to have to pick this pattern up.

    1. Sara in Stitches Post author

      Aw, thank you, Jenn! I definitely recommend this pattern.

  4. jjosiejo

    Hi Sara,

    Thanks for the great review – your top looks great. I have been thinking of getting this pattern for a while, but I fall right between the two envelope sizes and they have no overlap – would you recommend going up a size or down a size? Thanks for your help!

    1. Sara in Stitches Post author

      Well, based on my experience with the pattern, I’d say go up a size instead of down. I normally cut a 6, but I cut a 10 in this pattern. For me, it definitely ran small. Good luck–I hope you enjoy this make!

  5. Claire

    I love the off the shoulder look! Great job! I would be quite smug about my successful knock-off!

    1. Sara in Stitches Post author

      Thank you, Claire! With your approval, I feel confident about smugging it up. 😉

  6. Hila

    I just had to find this post after seeing your MMM instagram feed. Love it and your style.
    Hila @saturdaynightstitch

    1. Sara in Stitches Post author

      Thank you so much, Hila! I’m also a fan of your style! I totally recommend making this — it was super easy and I feel rad whenever I wear it.

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