Crew Cuts Knock Off

J Crew Knock Off Dress


If you know me in real life you know that I am frugal.  Cheap.  I don’t spend money easily.  And maybe that’s where my DIY loving heart started dreaming up dreams.  Who knows how I landed being a girl who loves to make pretty things, but I do know that I love to create.  I love the whole process of it, from finding ideas, working on each small step of the project, and finally getting to see the outcome.  Now there are times that I have to walk away from something, like when I have to seam rip the exact same seam three times.  (That happens to me often.)  But overall, I love every step of making!

Knock it off j crew

This dress was inspired by a dress I’ve seen in a store.  Okay, inspired might be the wrong word.  This dress was completely copied, top to bottom, inside to out, from a J. Crew dress.  This copying was perfect for a series Heidi at Elegance and Elephants asked if I would like to participate in, her Knock it Off series.

Knock Off Crew Cuts

Here are the dress details.  I started with Dana’s First Day Dress pattern, but made a list of changes.  I cut out the peplum bodice, lowered the neckline, narrowed the shoulders, and attached my own gathered skirt that was 2 1/2 the width of the bottom of the bodice.  I fully lined the dress, all using materials I had on hand.  The white fabric is an Ikea sheet that I had cut up for some other project and had bits and pieces leftover.  I did have to buy the gold paint for my project, but $2 isn’t too bad for a J. Crew look alike, is it?

Crew Cuts Knock Off Dress


The paint took a long time.  A really long time.  Each night I would grab my supplies and start stamping.  It was kind of soothing to stamp over and over and over.  The tiny dots were stamped with the head of a pin.  And those triangles were stamped with a cork that I had cut to the right shape and size.  If you look closely, it definitely isn’t perfect, but that doesn’t bother me.

Crew Cuts Knock off

Sweet Pea exclaimed that she looks like an Egyptian in this dress!  We are reading a series on Egypt right now, so Egyptian princesses must be on her brain!  Well maybe with all that gold she does look like royalty!

Knock Off J Crew

If you are interested in knocking off your own outfit, link it up to Heidi’s flickr pool.  She has some amazing prizes in store, over $100 worth of prizes!  And make sure to check out what the other ladies have made these past few weeks, Heidi’s been posting the details on her blog…there’s some amazing inspiration out there!

J crew knock off

  • I love this dress and I love your style too. I also am thrifty and get my thrills creating good things for myself and my kids at almost no cost. Your blog is full of good inspiration.

  • LOVE the gold… it looks amazing. Very nice, and with the white… perfect!

  • This is so gorgeous! I am such a fan girl of your stuff!

  • this is AMAZING!! so so creative and so beautiful!

  • So cute, I just love what you have done!! Your daughter is adorable in it! Making me want to get some fabric paint!!

  • Turned out perfectly! Makes me want to go play around with some gold paint.

  • Gorgeous !! This dress is perfection !!

  • This is gorgeous, and so clever! I really need to try some fabric painting on clothes – I’ve seen so many great examples recently.

  • Big fan!

  • Very cool! I can imagine the stamping to be maddening and therapeutic all at once. It actually looks kind of Grecian to me

  • Beautiful!

  • Beautiful!! I’m with Justine – I’m such a big fan of your creation too Teresa 🙂

  • carolina

    so pretty!!!! Looks like Grecian to me but with gold instead light blue, hihi. It’s beautiful.

  • Mary Boudreaux

    I love this dress! I am also an avid knock-offer and enjoy seeing others make their dream outfit on a budget. Keep up the inspiration!

  • Dana Huseby

    So glad I found this blog!!!!!

  • this is just so amazingly gorgeous. i’m in awe!!

  • Wow this dress is so beautiful!

  • So cute!!! What a fantastic knock-off!!

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  • I’m totally in love with this dress. I want one in my size! How does the gold hold up to washing?

    If you’re into Egyptian things, I am so very much, then you might like Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles that starts with the Red Pyramid. It’s absolutely fabulous to listen to it narrated because it’s read by a boy and a girl (well adults who do kid voices brilliantly). He brings so many of the Egyptian gods and goddesses to life through this fiction.

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  • This is gorgeous!! What a beautiful job! I love finding inspiration like this 🙂

  • I’m going to pin this as a reminder to try this next summer for my daughter’s little one. Lovely knock off!

  • Great job on the stamping! That’s something I’ve been wanting to try more of.

  • Ann

    Love the gold on white! It’s a beautiful dress:)

  • SO SO pretty!! I love this, the color, the details, the pattern, everything! Beautiful signature style… I just linked up my all boy style and I’m loving all the other links! I’m a new follower on bloglovin!

  • Amazing! I think I would lack the patience to do all that painting… Amazing! It is such a beautiful dress…

  • I don’t know how I missed this, but it is AMAZING!! I mean, amazing. So amazing. I want one for me 🙂 I have a very short list of “favorite items I’ve ever seen on a sewing blog” and this just made the top 5! (I know that means nothing to you, but I’m a big list maker, so this is a big deal to me, lol 🙂 )

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  • Oh wow! The dress is absolutely stunning! So worth the effort!