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Lemon Liftoff Top

blog_beauty3If I had $118 to blow right now, this is where I’d spend it—on Anthropologie’s Lemon Liftoff Top, a blouse with a big, fat bow, and small owl designs on the shirt. It’s remarkably adorable with puffy sleeves and a flattering cut. Pair it with jeans and contrasting bright heels. Or, if you dare, take a look at the image online at Anthropologie.com and tell us new sewers how to do a knock off of this design. Granted, we’d have to give up the yellow owl print, but for $20 we could probably make this shirt. If only we knew how. Fashionistas and seamstresses out there—can you give us the scoop? Say we have a simple button up shirt pattern. What’s the best way to alter it to make this shirt? Weigh in here with your thoughts on Obsessive Beauty.

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written by Bara D., July 22, 2011
Anthropologie can do no wrong and this is no exception, yummy!

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