Here’s a new thing for me although I have watched from afar for a few years: choose a designer garment and shamelessly copy it. Very well organised and the brain child of Linda, nicedressthanksimadeit, there’s still time for you to join in too – and this year there are prizes!
“Why buy when you can make it yourself – better and for less money?”
We have all seen something we LOVE either in the stores, online or on the runways, but don’t actually want to buy for some reason. So I propose that we sew that garment that we see/want. Now if you are lucky and you already have an exact pattern, either an indie pattern, your own self-drafted, or a “Big 4” pattern, that you can use – then go for it! If you have to alter a pattern that you already have, or draft your own pattern, you can do that too. Whatever works for you. Let’s make what we see and want!
Show us your Designer Original photo and how you put together your Designer me-made COPY.
Here’s my designer originals. Trying to keep in line with the aesthetic of with my A/W “17 O Collection, I went internetting for Issey Miyake and found these.
If I went shopping, like proper shopping – one top, a pair of trousers and a coat from Issey’s Pleats Please collection would cost me £1,480 (without P&P) or thereabouts. All fabrics are plisse polyester and RTW.
The Oska variations and inspiration are these:
Hopefully this will be a combination Miyake/Oska outfit: east meets west in my sewing room in Belfast!
So I went ‘our’ kind of shopping and found : green plisse poly on eBay; 3m for £10, along with a crinkle poly at Croftmill for £7 p/m and bought 3. Grand total spent on fabric = £31.
Patterns are already in stash, although some might need a bit of hacking; total spent on patterns = £0
Thread = £3.48
All other notions/threads/interfacing in stash =£0
Can I get a designer outfit for £34.50 instead of £ 1,500?
Considering that I don’t regard sewing as a chore but rather a pleasure, this should be fun and I’m really keen to see what inspires other people and what they sew.
Deadline for photos is 31 Dec 2017 – it’s a perfect opportunity (excuse) to sew up a new Christmas or New Year’s outfit. As I’ve been wearing the same dress on Christmas Day for years now, I think it’s about time I change it up a bit.