Copycat Challenge – The Big Reveal!

Are you guys as excited as I am to see everyone else’s projects? It’s been such fun seeing everyone’s copycats and getting inspired myself. My to-do list has grown about a foot just seeing everyone’s projects!

A huuuuge thanks and transatlantic hugs to Erin of I<3Fabric for helping me host this thing. This has been so much fun! I can’t believe you did this all while in the midst of planning and attending your wedding! (Go check out her wedding dress that she designed, it’s gorgey!)

Also thanks a bajillion to everyone who participated!! We could never do this without you guys and I get all kinds of warm fuzzies seeing so many seamstresses who are as passionate about sewing from inspiration garments as I am! I definitely hope to do this again!

Finally, giant hugs and thanks to Mood Fabrics, Spotlight and BurdaStyle for helping with our prizes for this challenge. Your support is greatly appreciated to all of us in the sewing community and with your generosity challenges like this are even more exciting to enter and be part of!!

Without further ado, here are all of the entries of the Copycat Challenge!

49. Anna of Paunnet made this gorgeous and edgy pinafore that I’m absolutely in love with. Check out her blog post to see how she styled it two ways for two completely different looks!
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*Anna’s project submission was accidentally lost in the internets and therefore posted last minute. The Challenge is officially over and we are no longer accepting entrants for this round!
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48. Kathy of The Nerdy Seamstress has made her own version of this lovely Modcloth dress. Check out the back too, the detail is gorgeous!Front
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47. This dress has a lot of history! Jocelyn started it back when she was first learning to sew and decided to finally finish it in time for the challenge.

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Original dress / Jocelyn’s version
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46. Maude of MP by Maude is melting my Whovian heart with her Doctor Who inspired copycats. Seriously, I’m dying here. Here is her version of Amy Pond’s outfit in The Angels Take Manhattan.
MP by Maude  /  Doctor Who ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’
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45. Lelie of A Bouquet of Buttons has also caught the WWZDW bug and made this cute little red dress featured in the New Girl intro!
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44. Rachel of The Hollywood Sews has copied this gorgeous dress worn by Lady Mary of Downtown Abby. Look at the amazing scenery she chose for her shoot!Lady Mary dress  /  The Hollywood Sews

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43. Joanne of Zoe Livana has put her own personal touches on this lovely outfit, which was inspired by a Modnique dress. Looove that skirt!
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42. Kristin of Sew Classic has made this gorgeous dress inspired from Bel’s dresses from The Hour. I keep seeing gorgeous costumes from that show and this one is no exception!
The Hour dress  /   Sew Classic dress
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41.  Diya of The Hobby Harbor has been a busy bee and has made  yet another submission to the Challenge! Check out this gorgeous color-blocked dress based on one seen in the Burdastyle Handbook. How cute is that bow?
The Hobby Harbor   /  Melissa Fehr Dress
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40. Diya of The Hobby Harbor has made yet another gorgeous submission in the form of this lovely Polka Dot Dress inspired by a Top Shop dress!
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39. How cute is this blouse made by Diya of The Hobby Harbor ?? She was inspired by the Yana Gorbulsky Blouse in the BurdaStyle Handbook.
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38. Aninna of Atelier in the Attic‘s fourth copycat project is an amazing sci-fi maternity dress found in S3E18 of the Fringe!
Fringe Dress  /  Atelier in the Attic
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37. Melody of Sew Melodic has made a gorgeously intricate lace dress inspired from Valentino Spring 2011. Look at those sleeves!
Valentino Spring 2011 dress  /  Sew Melodic dress
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36. Kelly has made another copycat project from the movie “The Artist”.  How gorgeous is that neckline detailing?
Kelly (Sew Weekly)  /  The Artist Movie Shot
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35. Amy of That’s Sew Amy looks absolutely badass and gorgeous in this L.A.M.B dress, modeled by Gwen Stefani!
L.A.M.B Dress  /  That’s Sew Amy dress
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34. Here is Betty Stitchup‘s version of the Stop Staring! Nifty Newsprint Dress from Modcloth! I love the contrasting bow!
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33. Chanel of Totally Basted submitted this gorgeous cotton shift dress inspired by an outfit she saw on Pinterest.
Pinterest Image  /  Totally Basted
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32. Leah of Leah Baade is tugging at my nautical heartstrings with this gorgeous sailor-esque dress, inspired by a Sammy Dress via Pinterest.
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31. Margo of Creating In The Gap has made her own version of this gorgeous skirt she saw on Pinterest. Check out some of her other skirts too!
Pinterest inspired image  /  Creating In The Gap
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30. Lelie of A bouquet of buttons has caught the WWZDW bug and made this adorable skirt based on one worn on New Girl!
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29. Cammie of Fledglings First has made a lovely copy of this Asos dress that I’m totally jealous of. I totally might have to copy this copy!
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28. Pratheepa of Bits of my Creations has created this adorable dress for her daughter, inspired by a dress in a children’s magazine. How cute!
Kids Magazine /  Bits of my Creations
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27. Kelly made a gorgeous purple version of a dress worn by Reece Witherspoon in Water for Elephants! So fancy and elegant!
Kelly (Sew Weekly)  /  Water for Elephants Dress
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26. Sally of Charity Shop Chic has created this incredible dress made from tie-dying bed sheets! I’m so impressed with how well her tie-dyeing turned out!!
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25. Nicole of The Somnolent Dachshund has made this stunning black dress inspired from one worn by Scarlett Johansson at the Milan Fashion Week. What a classically gorgeous silhouette!
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24. Renee has made this adorable skirt from an inspirational photo she found on Etsy. I love the pocket detailing!
Etsy Skirt  /  Renee’s Skirt
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23. The lovely ladies over at Katy and Laney are basically the cutest people ever. Look at these adorable D&G inspired playsuits they made!!
Here is Katy’s version:
22. And Laney’s:
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21. Ashley of Craft Sanctuary is cute as a button in this Modcloth-inspired dress! This whole outfit makes me want to pack up a tea party in a picnic basket.
Modcloth / Craft Sanctuary
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20. Sunila from Seams and Stitches has recreated this gorgeous Orvis top in a lovely bold paisley with a totally self-drafted pattern!
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19. Annie of Nine Stitches made this gorgeous red dress inspired by a Chloe dress from the Spring Summer 2013 collection. How beautiful and fancy!
Chloe Dress  /  Annie Nine Stitches
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18. Here is Annie’s second gorgeous entry, a dress she made earlier in the year from an inspiration
outfit from Stop Staring clothing. I love the colour of Annies such a fabulous summer dress!!
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17. Melody of Sew Melodic looks absolutely stunning in this cape jacket she made, inspired

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16. How beautiful is this DVF inspired Leron made by Lena of The Sewing Space?? I could never in a million years pull this off but she looks absolutely stunning! :]
Diane Von Furstenbergís Leron.  /  Lena The Sewing Space
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15. Pratheepa from Bits of My Creations chose a Modcloth dress as her inspiration, which basically means we are soul mates. The fact that she chose polka dots just seals the deal. :]
Left Modcloth Polka Dot Dress  /  Bits of My Creations Pink Polka Dot Dress
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14. Pratheepa from Bits of My Creations also entered this gorgeous blue floral kurti she made after being inspired by one she saw on Pinterest. Guys, she hand-embroidered the yoke! I’m so impressed!
Pinterest Blue Floral Kurti   /  Bits of My Creations Blue Floral Kurti
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13. Congratulations to Shanni from shanniloves.blogspot.com for being the first entrant! Shanni‘s new swimsuit (inspired by Unique Vintage) is absolutely gorgeous and really making me itch to buy the Bombshell pattern!
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12. Suzy from Suzy Bee Sews has created this retro Hell Bunny inspiration dress she saw in a
local Brisbane store. With lots of pattern combining she has made the perfect outcome!
Hell Bunny Dress  /  Suzy Bee Sews version
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11. Annina of Atelier in the Attic has an adorable three-year-old who fell in love with a skirt from the Desigual children’s 2013 spring/summer collection. Luckily her mum was able to recreate it for her! Now excuse me while I go melt over the cuteness.
 Desigual childrenís outfit  /  Atelier in the Attic outfit
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10. Annina’s  (Atelier in the Attic) first entry to the challenge is this lovely pencil skirt inspired by a Prada skirt from the April issue of Vogue 2013. Total bummer about the shrinking issues! :(
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9. Lookit those adorable cheeks on Aninna’s (of Atelier in the Attic)  daughter, wearing a Retro Child Pinafore she made! It was inspired by the beautiful Richard Scarry books she grew up with and which she now reads with her daughter.
Richard Scarry books  /  Atelier in the Attic
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8. I’ve never seen Matea of Heart In The Clouds not look amazing and this dress inspired by Cherry Blossom Girl is no exception!
The Cherry Blossom Girl Cherry dress  / Right Mateas blue version
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7. Haylee of Threaded has made yet another gorgeous white dress, this time in lace!
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6. Haylee of Threaded has made a lovely ivory satin dress inspired by a J.Crew dress.

Check out the back of the dress too! It’s so simple and elegant!
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5. Maude of Made by Maude made a gorgeous copy of the dress Selena Gomez wears in her music video for “Come and Get It” to wear to her 20th birthday party.  I hope it was a lovely one!
Selena Gomez  /  Made by Maude
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4. Here is Maude’s version of Eleven’s outfit! The Whovian in me is -ded-. Geronimo!
Made by Maude  /  Doctor Who
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3. I’m a sucker for Anthro DIYs and Diya from The Hobby Harbor has done an amazing job with this Anthropologie top!
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3. Maria of Velosewer has made two of these gorgeous ribbon skirts! Talk about patience and precision!
Left Original Goodbye Valentino / Middle & Right Velosewer
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2.  Lauren of Lauren Sews made this gorgeous Marilyn Monroe inspired dress for her graduation. How cute is she in the whole ensemble? (Iloveyourshoes!)
Marilyn Monroe  /  Lauren Sews Graduation Dress
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1. Ami of Sewing London is the perfect Betty Draper in this blouse! I love everything about this outfit :)
Betty Draper  / Ami Sewing London Top
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And here are the projects we made!
Sadly, I epic-failed at creating any of the three dresses I had picked out for this Challenge. Whoops. Instead, I made this lace bow dress based on a Corey Lynn Calter dress worn by Jess on New Girl.
Modcloth Dress /  Peneloping
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I also made this Peter Pan collar top (complete with a bow!) based on this Modcloth top.
Peneloping Top  /  Modcloth Top
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Erin made this gorgeously classy dressed inspired by one worn by Victoria Beckham.
Victoria Beckham Dress  /  I Heart Fabric Dress
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This one was Erin’s first Copy Cat Challenge outfit  using the BurdaStyle handbook jacket pattern.
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And here is one she made earlier in the year after seeing Rachel’s Colette Laurel.
Thanks again everyone!! The winners will be chosen based on this sort order by a random number generator and announced on both blogs tomorrow (October 2nd)!

8 thoughts on “Copycat Challenge – The Big Reveal!”

  1. I am new to sewing and to your blog, and was very impressed with the entries to your Copycat Challenge. All of the entries are excellent, and some are sensational. This brings me to my reason for commenting. Considering the skill and effort involved in making an entry to your challenge, it seems very wrong to me that the winner will be chosen by a random number generator, rather than by you and your co-sponsor selecting someone on the basis of merit; i.e., similarity to the inspiration piece, precision of fit, quality of construction, level of difficulty, etc.

    1. Hi Ann, thanks so much for your comment. I definitely understand where you’re coming from but I have to say that I disagree. One of my favorite things about blogging is inspiring people new to sewing and I think it would be unfair to choose winners of this sewing challenge solely based on skill level. Were this a sewing competition then I would totally agree, but the point of this challenge was to challenge people to create something inspired by an existing garment, not for each person to create the best, most intricate and identical project possible. Erin and I do have plans to acknowledge entrants who we feel put in extra time, effort, and/or skill, but I do want to stress that we wanted people to have fun with this challenge and to not feel excluded because they may have less experience with sewing. I hope that makes sense and thanks again for your comment!

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