April 30, 2016

SEW INSPIRED: My Copycat Valentino Dress...

fashion sewing diy copycat valentino dress

A few months ago, I posted this super cute Valentino dress coming down the runway (from their Fall/Winter 2014 collection), and I knew almost instantly that I wanted to try to make it. Slow forward almost 3 months later, and my dupe dress is finally done!

fashion sewing diy copycat valentino dress

The top of the dress is a mixture of New Look 6483 that I've previously made a gazillion Frankenstein dress patterns from (see HERE, HEREHEREHERE and HERE all from that same pattern) and I used the collar from New Look 6299 and added my own sleeve cuffs. My circle skirt is just the standard circle skirt pattern (see the first time I made a circle skirt HERE) except I added 9 inches in width to the front and another 6 inches to the back so that I could add inverted pleats along with some gathered tulle for a little more volume. And POCKETS. Pockets always.

fashion sewing diy copycat valentino dress

Even though I took all the time in the world to sew this replica dress, I think it turned out cute. And while we're talking about sewing, let me take the time (again) to answer a question that I continue to be asked, and that is "do you sew for hire?" And my answer has not changed. Truth is, I'm not a seamstress and I've never considered myself to be one... why, you ask? Because it's not my calling. I have all the respect in the world for people who do custom sewing, that's just not what I do. I'm just a girl who loves to sew pretty things and if I inspire someone else to dust off their sewing machine or learn to sew for the first time ever, then how cool is that?! So NOPE, I DO NOT sew for hire, but I will ALWAYS be flattered and humbled that you would ask. Now back to my finally finished copycat dress, check out a few more pics below! Also, what do you think about my new hairstyle? Scroll to the bottom of this post to see how I achieved my Halo/Goddess/Milkmaid Braid. Oh! And before I forget, my red shoes are by BCBGeneration, want your own pair? Click the red shoe below or get them HERE.


All Photography by Ron Ward

fashion sewing diy copycat valentino dress
fashion sewing diy copycat valentino dress
fashion sewing diy copycat valentino dress
Tulle skirt peek-a-boo :)
fashion sewing diy copycat valentino dress
fashion sewing diy copycat valentino dress

Still wanna know how I did my Halo braid? (that I love, love LOVE by the way) if you do, the video tutorial that I watched is below (by ClothesandFros) AND don't forget to "like" my sewing page on Facebook! :)

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