Designing my Alder Shirtdress by Grainline Studios


I was instantly drawn to the Alder Shirtdress as soon as it was released. I couldn’t get the chambray look out of my head though and I really did not want a chambray shirtdress (a little cliche at this point, I think…no offense). So, I took to my “clear my head and steal some design inspiration from the pros” site, Polyvore.

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Sewspiration: Faux Leather Skort




This skort is an exact dupe for Simplicity 1370. Don’t believe it can be that easy…look! The *only* think I would do is shorten it a bit. Maybe three inches or so. This skort hits the upper side of the mid-thigh while the pattern is truly mid-thigh. Test it out with some muslin so make sure everything is kosher on the back side. No leaky-cheeks, please!

And, because I want these project to be super simple for you, here’s the fabric you need. This faux leather is specifically made for apparel so the weight will be spot on.

Skort: Zara
Inspiration: Wendy’s Lookbook

Sewspiration: Quilted Leather A-line Skirt


Simple, classic and so (sew) chic!

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This is a super easy design to replicate. It’s just an A-line skirt after all. (Note the details: waistband and hip zips) Quilted leather (the faux stuff) is pretty common online. I found it at for just $15/yard.

But, to make sure this stay classy and doesn’t look trashy, I wanted show you this pic, too:

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You can really tell from this stock photo how exaggerated the A-line is. This is critical to keep it from looking too tight in the wrong places. It should be more of a bell where the apex is hanging from your hips.

This is what it should NOT look like, FYI.


Can you tell the difference?

Skirt: Sold out from TopShop, but available on eBay, natch.
Inspiration: Wendy’s Lookbook


Sewspiration: Burberry Bow Belt



See that belt…It’s Burberry and sold for $450!

Burberry Prorsum Silk bow belt

Here’s a better look. 

Come on, people! It’s silk wrapped around an elastic waistband with a double layered bow cinched and tacked to the elastic.

Done and done!

Belt: Burberry
Inspiration: Polyvore

Sewspiration: JOA shirtdress


How stinking cute, right?

JOA Dress


I can’t tell which is cuter…the front or the back.

As for making it myself, I’m thinking a shirt dress as a base (obvs), then some oxford shirt sleeves connected with a self-drafted panel for the layering effect. For the back, I have a pattern with a similar draped panels and cut out. Skirt is just a pencil skirt.

Dress: JOA
Inspiration: Wendy’s Lookbook


Sewspiration: tibia Agathe dress with cape sleeve


Uh-bsessed with this cape sleeve.

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Looks to be relatively straight forward to sew as well. Draft sleeve in self fabric and lining. Sew the two together. Finish the armcye of the bodice like a tank (with lining I presume), snip to seam allowance a few inches up from the side seam, attach prepared sleeve like any other sleeve. You following me?

I’m picturing a boxy top instead of a trumpet skirt dress…keeping the sheer back, though, def!

Dress: Tibi
Inspiration: Wendy’s Lookbook



My tricks for making copy cat designer clothes


I have numerous resources for fantastic fashion online…pinterest, celebrity gossip sites, fashion blogs, and my Instagram feed to name a few. Undoubtably, I see something truly fabulous and think “I can make that.” So I do. I have a few tips and tricks for ID’ing the details of that garment to ensure you have a perfect match that’s undetectably DIY to the naked eye.

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