Copying: Fashions Highest Form of Flattery
It's not where you take things from – it's where you take them to. – Jean-Luc Godard on imitation.
I have, and I believe you do too, a few garments that I've bought over the years that I love and wear to death. I have a little dress and when I say little I mean little, that I wore originally without a care as to how short it was. Well, now a few years later I don't feel comfortable wearing it just as a dress. Now I wear it as a tunic or a breezy jacket with skinny jeans. I bought it in a cute shop, long since gone, on Boulder's Pearl Street Mall. It's a very simple dress with buttons, back darts, bust and waist darts. It's made with the loveliest and lightest silk. There are a few tiny holes and it has been showing wear and tear as of late. This dress is on my list of RTW items that I want to replicate.
I highly recommend learning how to copy RTW garments and make them your own. If you are comfortable with sewing from commercial patterns then this is the next logical step in your sewing journey. I'd like to give you some tips before you start. With practice you'll be able to see something in a store and practically make it your own.
Have you ever copied a garment? How did you do? If you would like to hone your skills please be sure to check out the latest class offering on copying RTW garments. Your closet will thank you.