Designer Knock-off

Well, I don’t know if BCBG really counts as a designer, but the price certainly qualified ($400).  Here’s the story: My brother-in-law sent me a link to a dress he really wanted to buy for his wife as a present for their 1st anniversary, “because she would look so beautiful in it”.  (I know, awwwwww….gag. Newlyweds.)  But he was right, she would look beautiful in it, and not just because she would look beautiful in anything.  This dress really was made for her.  Here’s the BCBG version:

So, I figured I had to give it a shot right?  I didn’t tell them what I was doing just in case it turned into my worst failure ever.  The original dress is chiffon, but I couldn’t find any chiffon print that didn’t look like a 75 year old’s resort wear, and I didn’t have time to order anything online with my 1 week time budget.  I ended up with a really pretty handkerchief weight cotton that I thought captured the soft colorfulness of the original.

Using my dress form and the very useful fact that my sister-in-law and I are the exact same size, down to height and shoe size, the dress actually came together much easier than I expected.  (Ok, to be fair to her, she is larger in the er, bust area.  But that wasn’t hard to account for, as everything sized above a 4 toddler is too big for me in the bust area.  I simply followed the natural and enviable curve of my dressform, Eloise.)

While we were vacationing together, we did a little anniversary photo shoot with the new dress.  Isn’t my sister-in-law stunning?

This dress was actually pretty fun and simple to put together, and it helped ease the evening-wear-making itch that I had, since I won’t be going to our annual ball this year.  Instead I’ll be vacationing in America, attending a friend’s baby shower, going to Target, and hopefully eating a philly cheesesteak.  I’ll take that over a ball any day.
Update: I’m adding this to seventhirtythree’s Knock it Off contest!


  1. I love it! The dress is simply beautiful. You did an amazing job on it.

    PS I love the way you think! We live overseas as well and everything you listed sounds way better than a ball!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just so beautiful, the dress AND your sister in law, you are so talented Adrianna! – kim

  3. oh my goodness that is amazing! I’d love to learn to sew with a dress form!

  4. Wow! You did a wonderful job! Seriously–that is really cool that you could just make it from that picture. It looks great. And I can sympathize with the bust area. I laughed over your comment “above a 4T”.

  5. The dress is stunning and so is your sister in law:) Great work!!!

  6. I think there is only one word to describe that WOW!

  7. It’s beautiful….utterly stunning! Sis-in-law is too.
    Any chance of a tute or at least a couple of pointers?

  8. Great job! I actually prefer the pattern/colours in your version :)

  9. you are so very, very talented. of course it helps to have a beautiful SIL to display your work, but i just think you did the best job ever!

  10. The dress turned out beautifully! Congratulations to the happy couple.

  11. Adrianna, it is gorgeous – right down to the fabric choice. I love BCBG, I think it counts :)

  12. seriously!! this is amazing. gorgeous fabric and your sil looking stunning in it, beautiful pics too!

  13. Your version is better than the BCBG! I love the print on the fabric you picked out!

  14. HOLY COW! You did an AMAZING job on that, you are one talented sister!! Nice work, now go make one for your pretty self :)

  15. What a beautiful dress!!!! I love the fabric you chose–much more than the designer version.
    Where in Philly are you going for your cheesesteak? That’s where I live so I always like to hear where people go when they visit. Odd, I know.

  16. You did a wonderful job! I love that her husband wanted to buy her the dress…awwww. She looks beautiful in it.

  17. This looks great! You did an excellent job.

  18. it’s beautiful – I particularly love that your brother in law asked you to make a dress for his wife; that says so much about your relationship with him/your family.

  19. That is gorgeous!!! (And your SIL is too!)


    You are amazing!!!

  21. Oh, that is fantastic! Great job.

  22. Oh wow. That is just beautiful!!! What a pretty dress – and yes, she’s just beautiful too. :)

  23. Wow! That dress is stunning! What a nice thing to do for your brother. Very sweet!

  24. GREAT JOB!

  25. You did a fantastic job! I really love it.

  26. I actually don’t care much for the BCBG dress, but the one you made is AWESOME! The fabric, fit, everything is amazing.

  27. Amazing. I love the fabric you chose. It looks gorgeous on her!

  28. This is beautiful, and it’s so cute that her husband thought of it! I’m so impressed that you made it from the picture. And the fabric is perfect! She looks like she really like its!

  29. Anonymous says:

    Adrianna, I can’t believe you made that. You are so talented. The dress is beautiful and looks perfect on her. You’re amazing. Katherine

  30. The dress is amazing and your sister in-law looks beautiful wearing it. Great job! I am so jealous of your talent.

  31. Can you be my sister-in-law? :) Seriously that’s such a beautiful dress! :) Great job!

  32. WOW! It turned out so pretty and she looks absolutely gorgeous in it.

  33. Wow! You did an amazing job! Beautiful!

  34. I love that dress!

  35. wow, I think your dress is even more gorgeous than the original! amazing job!

  36. you are great…its looking so dashing…you sis in law is also smart…is she an Asian girl??

  37. Yours is really nice! Thank you for sharing your awesome awesomeness!

  38. This is amazing! You should send me one :) I saw your post over at 733’s Knock it off contest. This is beautiful. You have a ton of talent. I am a new follower also.

  39. WOW I am stopping by from the Knock Off Contest and this is amazing! Great job! New follower:)

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