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!
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.
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?
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.
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!
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!