Copycat Challenge!!

Copy Cat Challenge 2

So as you all possibly may have gleaned from the endless copycat posts, I absolutely love designing garments from things I have seen. Usually on a tv show or in a movie and immediately want to recreate it. Maybe I never grew out of playing dress-up. Who knows?

Anyway, the lovely Erin from I Heart Fabric and I will be hosting a Copycat Challenge starting next week and lasting throughout the summer, or winter depending on where you are in the world. If you haven’t already checked out the submissions from Erin’s latest Copycat Challenge, you should! People made some gorgeous stuff over there.

The rules are pretty simple.

  1. Choose a garment as your inspiration. Make sure you reference it and acknowledge where you found it. Pick several if you want!
  2. Make it the way you want with your own touch and style.
  3. Blog about it! Tell us what pattern(s) you used, what inspired you about the item you chose, how you styled it, whatever you want!
  4. If you don’t have a blog and want to participate, send us an email and we’ll add it to the submissions post for you.

Of course, to make it extra exciting, there will be a prizes drawn at the end. We will explain how we will choose the winners in an upcoming post and hopefully have a few categories. Each finished garment will count for an extra entry and be judged seperately so don’t limit yourself!

Start thinking of what you’d like to make, look around for fabric, and think of patterns you would like to use. Erin and I will be posting on our individual processes, as well as tips we find helpful as we go along.

We will run this challenge from today until the 30th September 2013 so that’s almost three months to create some unique, fun and creative stuff!

Please contact us if you’d like to participate! Or post a comment below.

Pings Inspiration Outfits

These are the projects I’ve chosen. I can’t decide if I’m being overly ambitious or if I’ll finish these in a week and then twiddle my thumbs for the rest of the summer.

  1. I absolutely adore everything Jess wears on New Girl, but this dress is basically the most adorable thing ever.
  2. If I’m hosting a copycat challenge, a Dear Creatures dress for my inspiration is basically obligatory.
  3. Still on the fence about Clara. Still obsessed with her wardrobe. This outfit is from the 50th anniversary episode, which hasn’t actually aired yet (November 23 wheeee!), but luckily it’s available here to be closely examined.

For more inspiration please see my Pinterest board.

Erins Inspiration Outfits

  1. Victora Beckham Slim fitting white and black dress from my Pinterest board.
  2. Long sleeve DVF shirt with bow again from my Pinterest board. This top looks very similar to a Vogue top I have been wanting to make!
  3. I found this Alannah Hill ‘The Secret Of Secrets Coat’ on pinterest which I really want to use as inspiration. Also, the BurdaStyle handbook has a really cute jacket which I have been dying to make!

For more inspiration on Erin’s outfits please see her Pinterest Board.

74 thoughts on “Copycat Challenge!!

  1. sewamysew

    What a fabulous idea!!!!!! I love it. I’m away from my machine for a whole month in London at the moment but when I’m back I’ll definitely enter something. Such a cool idea, thanks so much

    Reply
    1. peneloping

      Ooooh!! I’m already super excited to see it! Considering my sewing obsession is rooted in fantasy/historical costumes, I kind of can’t believe it didn’t even occur to me to make one for this haha.

      Reply
  2. SwinginCat

    Hello Ping,

    is it allowed to blog in another language? My blog is in german (and my english not good enough for whole posts), but i like your idea and would like to join if it is possible.

    Greetings

    Reply
  3. SwinginCat

    Hello Ping,

    is it allowed to blog in another language? My blog is in german (and my english not good enough for whole posts), but i like your idea and would like to join if it is possible.

    Greetings

    Reply
  4. Zoe May

    I can’t believe the perfect timing of this post!
    Just about to get back into blogging, with a Bond-themed college ball coming up…
    It was meant to be :)

    PS: I am a little bit in love with your blog!

    Reply
    1. peneloping

      Ooh a Bond-themed ball sounds epic amounts of amazing. Please tell me you’re considering making that gorgey purple number Vesper wears in Casino Royale!

      Reply
  5. Jodie (@scaredstitchles)

    Ooh this is a great idea. I never do sewalongs/competitions/themed sewing because I’m never organised enough within the given time frame but now I have til the end of September – fabulous! This is kind of attainable – I’m excited!

    Reply
    1. peneloping

      Go for it! We’ll be posting tips for copycat-ing and we’re always happy to direct newbies to helpful tutorials and whatnot. We were all beginners once!

      Reply
    1. peneloping

      Go for it! We’ll be posting tips for copycat-ing and we’re always happy to direct newbies to helpful tutorials and whatnot. We were all beginners once!

      Reply
  6. Haylee

    As someone who gets about 90% of her sewing project ideas from other pieces, I LOVE THIS IDEA. Definitely will be participating, what a fun idea you guys!

    Reply
    1. peneloping

      Hehe SAME! I really think it’s more fun to try to recreate something with none of the original resources than to come up with something original completely from scratch.

      Reply
  7. Haylee

    As someone who gets about 90% of her sewing project ideas from other pieces, I LOVE THIS IDEA. Definitely will be participating, what a fun idea you guys!

    Reply
    1. peneloping

      Hehe SAME! I really think it’s more fun to try to recreate something with none of the original resources than to come up with something original completely from scratch.

      Reply
  8. Amber

    I have been wanting to make a 50s border-print full-skirt like one I saw on an episode of Marple- Mystery! I think it was from “The Moving Finger” I had already bought fabric and put it in my stash about a month ago, but here is a reason to get it done sooner rather than later!

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  9. Amber

    I have been wanting to make a 50s border-print full-skirt like one I saw on an episode of Marple- Mystery! I think it was from “The Moving Finger” I had already bought fabric and put it in my stash about a month ago, but here is a reason to get it done sooner rather than later!

    Reply
  10. Laura

    So very contemplating it. I should be looking for a job and I’m just starting to experiment with actually using patterns (grading! fitting! headaches!) and I usually don’t do sew-alongs and challenges. But you’re one of my favorite blogs because of your creative prettiness (both in your crafting skills and how you wear your creations), so I might take that plunge.

    Reply
  11. Laura

    So very contemplating it. I should be looking for a job and I’m just starting to experiment with actually using patterns (grading! fitting! headaches!) and I usually don’t do sew-alongs and challenges. But you’re one of my favorite blogs because of your creative prettiness (both in your crafting skills and how you wear your creations), so I might take that plunge.

    Reply
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  16. Helen

    I just came across your blog, is it to late to join in this challenge? I noticed it is #2, is this an ongoing challenge that you do often?
    Helen

    Reply
    1. peneloping

      Hi Helen! Nope, it’s not too late! The current challenge is running until the end of September.

      This is the second of these challenges because Erin from i-heart-fabric.blogspot.com.au hosted the first one this past spring. We may do one again in the future but have not discussed it as of yet!

      Reply
  17. Helen

    I just came across your blog, is it to late to join in this challenge? I noticed it is #2, is this an ongoing challenge that you do often?
    Helen

    Reply
    1. peneloping

      Hi Helen! Nope, it’s not too late! The current challenge is running until the end of September.

      This is the second of these challenges because Erin from i-heart-fabric.blogspot.com.au hosted the first one this past spring. We may do one again in the future but have not discussed it as of yet!

      Reply
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  19. peneloping

    Ooh a Bond-themed ball sounds epic amounts of amazing. Please tell me you’re considering making that gorgey purple number Vesper wears in Casino Royale!

    Reply

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