|Dress: Handmade (Sew Over It Betty)|
|Belt: Taken from another dress|
|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?
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.