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Topic: absolute knock-off--Vera Bradley Style + Better Fabric and Mini-Tute!{IMGS}  (Read 19833 times)
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« on: March 29, 2007 08:41:02 PM »

I am always looking for inspiration and I keep seeing all these awsome V.B. purses, but with less than fabulous prints, in my opinion that is... Anyhoo, I was stalking her site this afternoon and found a really cute bag that in no way would I ever pay $48 for. So I got out some scraps, cause I always wreck the good stuff, and came up with this...and I thought the fabric was going to totally clash, but I actually love it. It's on the small side, only 8x9 inches, but its a complete and total rip-off of her design, with one exception, okay well two, fabric I like and the straps are a little longer, lol.

I call her Sharon, the illegitimate sister of Sherry


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side--so damned cute!!


the inside: which prolly isn't like a V.B., cause Iv'e never seen the inside of one


What sucks the most is my mom fell in love with it and was like "You should sell these!",  I was like, "uh Mom, I don't wanna go to jail.".  Oh well, I might could tweak it a bit and makeit my own, but I love the pattern the way it is....what do you guys think?

PS, two friends of mine that I assume don't want to see me behind bars for some copyright deal say that the lines of mine are different and its not a total rip-off.....I tink they are just being nice, afterall I really tried to make it like hers, lol  Help!

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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2007 09:50:34 PM »

I hate Vera Bradley's fabric choices. Yours is rad! I tried a V.B. knockoff with a skull print a while back. Suhweet. But I got ketchup on it.

I don't think there would be a problem with you selling these. You aren't using a logo or anything!  Smiley Go for it. Someone would bail you out.  Cheesy

And, hey, our names are the same. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2007 10:52:00 PM »

you know, great minds and people with great names think alike  Wink...I have a skull one in the works right now...that was the good fabric I didn't want to mess up, haha...and I figured out some ways to change up the pattern a bit, so its not so much the same....

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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2007 06:26:07 AM »

Hey, this is a cute, cute bag!  I think the fabrics look great together, as well as your quilting stitching!  My first thought on the "copying" thing was--eventually, everyone's bags looks similar.  I mean, the same techniques wind up being used by so many people, just in different combinations.  If I quilt a bag in criss-cross stitching, am I exactly copying VB?  There are just millions of seamstresses/bagmakers out there, and ineveitably there will be 2 (or 10) bags that look alike.  So, that said, unless you've used a pattern and followed those directions word for word, you aren't copying.  You can't help it if you're naturally crafty, can you?  Cheesy 
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2007 08:57:18 AM »

This bag just rocks my socks off.  I love the two patterns together.  I can't seem to match up printed fabrics very well myself.  And the shape of the bag is just divine!

As far as selling them goes, just don't sell it as a Vera Bradley knockoff.  You can sell it as a "cute quilted purse" or whatever and people may make the connection but many may not.  If I wasn't obessed with Vera's purses right now I would have made the connection.

Now for the copying part, do I have to ask Vera or you if I can copy this one.  I love it so much that I think I need one of my own!   Grin
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2007 01:31:59 PM »

thanx guys!  I just keep looking at it and I love it so much. I went out and bought some more fabric today tomake a few more, with a few changes, to make it a little more Nikki and a little less Vera. And to ScissorSister7, its so easy to make. here is a little image to show the basic pattern. The possibilities are endless when it comes to size and such, but the measurements shown are for the one I made.



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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2007 02:25:10 PM »

GREAT BAG. AWESOME FABRIC. WHOO HOO!
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2007 02:27:55 PM »

And to ScissorSister7, its so easy to make. here is a little image to show the basic pattern. The possibilities are endless when it comes to size and such, but the measurements shown are for the one I made.

So you know that this means I HAVE to make one for myself, right?  I almost want to copy your exactly because it is so darn cute. I really like this one.
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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2007 02:28:57 PM »

VB is disgusting and overpriced.  and your bag is gorgeous!!  i totally wasn't expecting to like it when i opened this thread haha
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2007 02:32:58 PM »

I love everything about this bag, you did a great job.
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