Friday, June 3, 2011

Knocking off Fables By Barrie (Sailor Dress) - B 4788

Several months back I was surfing around Etsy and I came across this stunning dress.  My jaw almost hit the floor.  The dress was $150ish so I knew I would not be purchasing it.  However, I began to think about how I might knock it off.

This dress is by a company called Fables by Barrie.  I did not know that at the time until I saw the dress again later on Modcloth, but it had long sold out.  I knew that it would be easy to find some navy and some white cotton interlock, but who knew how difficult it would be to find some red/white striped interlock with just the right size stripes?!?!?   I looked everywhere and finally found some at Fabric Fairy.  I had never heard of the company before, but I ordered anyway.  I must say I am very pleased with their service.  The red/white striped interlock is excellent quality.  I turned right around and ordered some navy/white striped interlock from them.  I bought my navy interlock and white interlock from 
   I began to look for a pattern to make the dress.  I searched and searched and gave up.  One day I was looking through some patterns in my stash and, lo and behold, I already had a pattern that would work, B4788, View B. 

I did not realize it because you cannot really see the details of the dress very well from the cover pic.  However, when I looked at the line drawings on the back, I knew I had found the perfect candidate for this knockoff.

I had already made View A of this dress a long time ago before I began blogging, but I did not remember what View B looked like.   Next came the task of finding buttons.  I went to Etsy and found some right away.
The dress was really easy to make.  I followed the instructions exactly as they were written, except that I drafted facings for the armholes.  I could not make the fabric turn under correctly as described in the instructions because the interlock was a little too thick, so I decided a facing would be much easier.  I usually never make a muslin for a knit dress because, fortunately, they have always fit me when I just go by the finished bust measurement.  I assumed this one would not be any different.  However, when I got it made, it was gaping about an inch at the back neck.  I debated how to salvage it and decided to put a pleat in back neck.  There are pleats on the shoulders of the front of the dress, so I thought this might look okay and kind of go along with those front shoulder pleats. 

back of dress

Here is the finished dress. I plan to wear it to church on July 3 when we do our July 4th choir musical presentation.  Our choir director always wants us to look patriotic.  I haven't decided if I will wear the silver sandals I have on with it in this pic or my red patent peeptoe heels. 
As you can see on my dress, I omitted the bows on the shoulders and my bottom ruffle is a little more "ruffley" than the original dress.  Also, my front bodice wraps over in a V neck unlike the original which is a U neck.   I can't wait to wear this on July 3. 

    On a side note, I have tried several times to comment on many of the blogs I follow, but there is apparently something wrong with Blogger.  Everytime I type in a comment (except for once or twice), it takes me to the sign in page.  Well, I sign in and it takes me back to the comments where it then again takes me  back to the sign in page.  I don't know what is going on.  Until next time, happy sewing, and stay cool!! Literally, stay COOL!! It is 99 here today with a heat index of 104. I am staying inside at the sewing machine. 


Vida Costura said...

Hello Rachel, it's beautiful your dress, you always amaze me in how he manages to capture the features and create pieces that resemble the originals, the buttons could not be more cute, congratulations.
I used your picture on my blog, I hope you do not mind, if you want to remove please let me know.


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Peggy said...

You are AMAZING!!! Have I said this before?? Seriously can't believe what you can do wtih sewing. LOVE it!

otterine said...

Very cute! Perfect for summer celebrating!

Laura said...

That's is amazing work Rachel. I'm impressed. There are wonderful hand made buttons on Etsy. Do you remember the Shop name? I like the dress best without the bows. Why wait for the 4th. Wear it now. Red sandals would totally make the outfit.

I've was stuck in the same Blogger Loop last week. Are you sure you weren't logged in on another machine?

Everyone is having a heat wave, while it's 20 degrees below normal in Bako CA. I feel so lucky for the reprieve. Sorry for you! Stay in and sew!

I sometimes wish everyone would switch over to Intense Debate or Disqus.

Vanessa said...

I still love seeing what you decide to knockoff!! You always do a great job! I hope you have a great presentation in July, I already know your outfit will be a hit!

Bloggers said...

that is so cute!!

Rebecca said...

I think we must have the same brain. That dress has been in my favorites on Etsy for months and I've been contemplating how to knock it off. Not only that, but I am 99% sure those buttons are in my favorites too! Love your dress!! :]

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

You are the knock-off queen!

Eugenia said...

Great job! I love your version of this dress - it's so fun and fabulous!

Susan said...

Congrats on recreating this dress. I like it without the bows, also.

I had the same trouble with blogger last week. To fix it, I had to close all of the blogs I wanted to comment on and go to my blogger and sign in (not where they took me to sign in). Once I did that and then went back to comment, it let me. Hope that helps.

vintageglammz said...

I like your version better than the original. I think it was a wise idea to omit the bows. It looks a bit too much with them on. The buttons are super cute!

Julia said...

Wow, Rachel, you have amazing talent!!! I love this dress! I'm with the commenter above, I love your version more than the original!!!!
I've heard several folks say they've had trouble leaving comments.

Molly at Anthromollogies said...

I love this nautical little number! Your version is seriously SO much more interesting and cute! The ruffle at the know I'm a fan. You'd be so proud...I bought some fabric the other day and lining material and elastic to make some simple pull-on style skirts. I'm daring to sew...cross your fingers for me!

LBP said...

That dress is just fantastic! Yours is much cuter than the original.

Great Job!



Lynneb said...

Rachel! It's adorable!!!!

Jamie - Thrifty Threads said...

You did a fantastic job recreating this dress. I am drooling over it! The original is darling, but I think the bows make it feel just a tad costume-y and a bit young for anyone over the age of 13. However,the simplified wrap neckline on your version is undeniably classic. Love this, and it will be absolutely perfect for your July 3rd celebration!

Audrey said...

Your dress looks almost identical to the inspiration dress. It is so cute, how can you wait until July to wear it? Thanks for the link to Fairy fabrics. That is a new fabric source for me.


Sheila said...

You did an awesome job and the dress looks great on you.