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Thursday, 17 September 2015

The Imitation Game..

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Dress: Handmade (Sew Over It Betty)
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Belt: Taken from another dress
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Cardigan: Primark
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Love and Magic Heels: Irregular Choice
So here's my new favourite dress for rather a long while. I made it over the last couple of weeks. Yes, it might look familiar, because I was very heavily inspired by a dress which I recently featured on one of my wishlists. 

I was pretty stoked when I managed to track down the exact same fabric for about £30 including shipping from the US. A damn sight cheaper than the crazy PUG clothing prices, plus fabric spending isn't quite ruled out during my spending ban. Basically, I'm pleased with and and consider it a bargain.

However, I was thinking about the idea of making your own versions of high street clothing. Whenever I consider this, a certain post of Roisin's sticks in my head. Well, more to the point, the comments she received (one in particular) about how she should be careful "copying" another company's work. Is this something other home-sewers ever consider, when making clothes?

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Stockings: Tightsplease
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Part of the beauty of dressmaking, for me, is that I can take just about any idea and make it my own. Putting my own stamp on something is, I guess, something which really appeals to me. I love the idea of being able to pop into a haberdasher (like the one in Leeds last weekend - more on that later) and choose something with an idea forming in my head of what I'll use it for. Of course, that doesn't happen with every fabric I buy, or acquire, but often I'll have an idea of what I'll make with it. 

I've made my own version of various dresses in the past, as well, so I'm not sure why this has been playing on my mind so much with this one. I guess on others, like my Townhouse Dress, I have changed things, like the sleeve length, but with this one I've kept all of the details pretty much the same, even down to the collar and the belt.


15 comments:

  1. I think it is just lovely! You've done a super job! I love PUG dresses but they are SO expensive. I think Sammi at Soubrette Brunette is very lucky at how many she gets sent to review on her blog, it is almost once a week. Don't be worried, I read the other comments on that post and they thought you were ok. I considered buying an eBay Chinese copy of a Self portrait dress I love. I'd love the Bernie Dexter cherry blossom dress as a copy! If I could find the material, I'd totally commission you to make it!! Hope all is well. Thank you for the lovely letter, the top arrived safely. Im going to paypal you some more postage as that parcel was way more than £1!!!Xx

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    1. Thank you. I'm not exactly worried as in about consequences, I just wondered if it was uncouth I guess to take such heavy inspiration from someone else's designs.Bernie Dexter and PUG use so many commercially available fabrics, it would always be more cost effective to make your own versions.

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  2. Love the pattern and the shoes are so lovely Char, you look great! I think you've got a real skill for detail and you always make creative and original pieces. I think sometimes whenever someone makes a comment like that it can play on your mind but your dresses always look original and I love seeing your creations! I wish I was as skilled with creating as you are! - Tasha

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  3. I don't think you have to worry about copying a dress, as long as you're not selling it for profit you can make whatever you want. It's a beautiful dress. Enjoy and everything else you've made - not everyone has the talent!

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    1. I guess, that's a good point. I'd only be making for myself. And it's a sneaky way around the spending ban I suppose!

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  4. Love everything about this outfit, particularly the shoes <33

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  5. I really like this, I wish I had the skill to be able to make my own versions of dresses that I've seen and loved! I don't think you should ever feel bad about 'copying' a dress- it's never going to be exactly the same and even if it was, I don't see why that matters (unless you were selling hundreds of the things!) xx

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    1. Thank you <3 I guess that's a good point, I'd only make for myself.

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  6. Theirs looks more like a skater dress? whereas yours is gathered skirt. That fabric is so cute!

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    1. Yep, mine is gathered because the fabric is a one way print and I didn't want any of the print to be upside down. I assume theirs is too, as the photos show the fabric all correct way up, but I'm not sure.

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  7. I love how full this skirt is, looking swishy!

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    1. Thanks, Gem. I added an extra piece to what I'd usually put in - can't believe how heavy it makes it!

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  8. Awesome dress, I love the big pointed collar.

    I imagine as long as you're not trying to pass off your dress as somebody else's handiwork and you're not trying to sell it then it's absolutely fine. The fabric is commercially available, it's not the company's personal design, so it's not like it's only theirs to use. The dress is also a fairly common fit and flare style so it's not like you're stealing an innovative shape. High street shops always take design elements from whatever's being produced up in high fashion/runway looks as well, it all filters down.

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