Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Knock It Off

Here is my newest knock off. I love to look around for cute clothes from big name companies and try to make my own. I saw this dress at Old Navy and loved it but wanted it in a different print. This is what I came out with.

Adorable right? Yeah she has her eyes closed in both pics but I loved them anyway so here they are. Want to know how to make your own? This is a really easy dress to make.

Here is what you need...tank top, fabric, thread and elastic thread.

I used half a yard of fabric but ended up cutting a bit off for the shirt version, for the dress I used the whole half a yard.

I got my tank tops at Old Navy when they were 5 for $10. This would be great also if you have tank tops with stains on them.

First I serged the top of the whole width of the fabric. Selvage to selvage. If you don't have a serger you can press down 1/4 in. and then another 1/4 in. to hem it.

Now it is time to shirr it. Don't know how? I found a great tutorial here.

I sewed my first line right below my serged edge.

Then I used the edge of my presser foot lined up with the row before it for even lines.

I sewed 5 rows.

Here it is before pressing it to gather it even more.

Pressing it. Don't go back and forth on the stitches. Just press and lift and repeat. (please ignore my dirty iron)

Here it is all shirred!

Fold your fabric right sides together so the selvages are both on one side and sew that side seam.

Put your tank top in between the layers where you want the shirred part to start. I measured down 2 in. from the arm holes. I marked my fabric with a pin so I would know where to sew the side seam. Take the tank out and sew your seam. I sewed a slight A-line here.

Now you will have a tube for the skirt of the dress.

Slip the tank back into the skirt part and pin in place.

Now to sew the skirt of the dress to the tank top.

With a regular straight stitch sew all around the dress 1/4 in. from the top. Again I used my presser foot as my guide.

Almost done! Flip your dress inside out and trim your fabric to the length you want.
For this one I made a shirt so I went a little below the bottom of the tank and hemmed it up.

For the dress do all the steps above just leave it longer. You can cut your tank top bottom off if you want but I just left mine. Less work!

So there it is....My newest knock off. For those of you still waiting for the J. Crew knock off tutorial it is coming. I got frustrated and had to walk away from it for a while then kinda forgot about it. Sorry.

Now I want to see your knock offs! I will be hosting a link party each week where you can link up your knock offs. It can be clothing, decor, a favorite restaurant meal. Anything that you see somewhere else and recreate.

Please in your post give credit where credit is due. I want to see your inspiration!

My plan is to eventually have a giveaway every time I have a link party but that will have to start in a couple weeks. If you are able to donate something for a giveaway email me and we can start that sooner! I will also be giving away some of my own things too.


Grab a button from my sidebar and either put it in your Knock It Off post or on your blog somewhere.

Link directly to the post not to your homepage.

This isn't a rule but everyone loves comments! Go comment on as many links as you like.

I'm adding a link to my J. Crew Knock Off to get it started!


Blessed Mommy of 2 said...


Andrea said...

Super cute!

Tere said...

Very cute and funny because I was just looking at one of my daughter's dresses with a tank under the shirred dress thinking I could create something like that using a tank and there you it!

Thanks for linking up @ It's Party Time Thursday @PonyTails&FishScales!


Amber @ Paint Chips and Frying Pans said...

Love your knock off!! :)

Heather said...

I LOVE IT! I may have to knock off your knock off!

Courtney said...

this is adorable! i am just getting into the sewing thing but I think i might have to try this!

Mandy said...

So cute!!! You did an awesome job - I might have to try one of these!

Kimberlee said...

Love it!!!! Definitly have to try these. I am thinking of making one up for me as a maternity top.
Visiting from pontails and fishscales. Your newest follower


@Home-Mom said...

though I don't have anything to add to the linky this is an awesome dress and I'm dying wanting to try this before the summer is out.

Kimberlee said...

Trully love your blog, and am passing along the "Beautiful Blogger" award! Check out the rules, and pass it on.


Jen said...

Following your blog from New Friend Fridays...Really cute!

Ameya said...

These are so cute!! I love your dress version's fabrics especially.
(Visiting from New Friend Fridays!)

Maryanne said...

Those are amazingly adorable! Great work!

Now following you from IFIH! :)

Amy Walker said...

This is so great! I'm gonna have to try it!
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chubskulit said...

You are so creative.

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Mandi said...

Super cute!


Brandy @ Gluesticks said...

That is DARLING! I love it! Thanks for the tutorial. I am always looking for fun tutorials to fashion up my little gal ♥

Daydream Believer said...

I love the colors you chose! Super cute! :) I'm visiting from Tatertots and Jello Weekend Wrap Up.

Amy Woodruff said...

Oh you beat me to it!! I saw these at Old Navy and put them in my book of re-makes! Such an easy one to copy! Love it!!

Katie said...

Thanks for the tute! Love the dress and shirt you came up with :) So glad I found your blog on Sew Much Ado's linky party. I just linked to your party as well. Stop by sometime!

Hazel said...

Wow, I so wish I could sew! You are so talented and this dress and shirt turned out great!!!

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Michelle said...

That is cute, I am going to have to make a baby version!

Tere said...

I featured you at PonyTails&FishScales It's Party Time Thursday!

Leslie said...

Cute dresses! Thanks for the tutorial. i'd love to try this.

Andrea said...

I'm featuring this on Thursday at Make It Wear It. Feel free to grab my featured button!

Leslie said...

This is a fabulous idea! It looks so easy and adorable! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

LB3K said...

Darling! Great tutorial, too!

Thanks for linking on Wardrobe Wednesday!

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This is great! I featured you here:

Ashley said...

Love this tutorial!

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