Saturday, April 30, 2011

Knock-Off Contest Part 1

I have always been interested in "knocking off" unusual designer looks so was delighted when Pattern Review announced they would be running a "best knock-off contest" from May 1 to May 30.

Here is the design I want to knock-off:
       We can't do any actual work on it til May 1 but I started selecting fabrics today.  I went through all my blacks, dark blues, and greys to see which would be closest to the color of the dress, at least when photographed.   Here's what I have to choose from:
I like the black on the top background and the grey on the bottom right. None of the blues seem the right shade so I might shop around some more for that.

Of course there is no pattern existing that is remotely like this so I'm going to have to experiment with some drafting and draping.  First though, I wanted to get something that had the right neckline and sleeves. I used these patterns for inspiration for the off-center v neckline and different length sleeves.
I made up a muslin out of black knit, being sure to make the neckline vee point the same way as the original design.
         I plan to use the pattern I made of the asymmetrical neckline and sleeves for my knockoff.  This was the easy part though!   Now I just have to figure out how to put that unusual drape with the blue and grey onto the dress----stay tuned for the next report.  I'm loving this challenge!                                                                                 


  1. This turned out great and I like the look on you.

  2. What a great start, Peggy. I think this is going to be a very good knock off!

  3. love that neck line! can't wait to see how you do the drapping.

  4. Exciting, Peggy! This does look like a serious challenge, but I can so see this dress on you -- and your muslin looks like a great start.

  5. Peg you look fabulous in your muslin! It's great silhouette for you. I'm sure you'll wow us with your color-blocked knock-off.