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Topic: Black Loeffler Randall knockoff dress! (slight tutorial)  (Read 41251 times)
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« on: March 30, 2008 05:25:15 PM »

I saw this dress on Shopbop and I thought it would be cute for going out with heels or even just bumming at the beach.  

My bows don't stay as nice and un-slouchy but overall I love the dress.

I tried making a tutorial. It's sort of hard because I didn't take any progress shots but I tried =) If you have any questions please ask and I'm totally open to helping.  

Because some people have asked, I'm going to post a little tutorial on how I made the knockoff dress (w/o the side pockets). There aren't too many pictures as I didn't take in progress shots but it's easy pease to make so I think words should suffice.

For reference, my bust measurement at the fullest part is 34.5" and I am 5'6".

1. Make these pattern pieces

Some general thoughts if you don't fit into my exact measurements.
A. Make sure the front is a bit bigger than the back, after all, you don't literally want to look like you are wearing a potato sack=)
B. All seam allowances on my dress are 5/8".
C. Make sure you cut the front, back and neck band on the fold line.
D. The front bust width is about 7" larger than my half bust measurement and the back is about 5" larger.

2. Interface the neck bands. I only interfaced half and in return I got a lazy bow. You could try interfacing the whole thing to get a stiffer looking bow ala Ms. Randall herself.

3. Sew the body side seams together and the 2 pieces of the bottom band together. (4 seams total)

4. I then made some 1.5" double folded bias tape with the same fabric and bias bound the armholes.

5. Gather the bottom of the body and sew it to one edge of the bottom band. Then fold the bottom band in half horizontally and stitch-in-the-ditch for a nice finish. A tutorial on stitching in the ditch can be found http://nibblesandbytes.blogspot.com/2008/03/happy-spring.html.

6. Take a pair of the neck band and sew the top seam together. Do this for the other pair also. Trim the seam allowance after sewing so that it won't look obvious from the right side.

7. Now, gather the front and the back of the body top body seam. Match the right side of the body and right side of the neck band at the neck seam line and sew. Do this for the back piece also. Then turn the neck band over and do another stitch in the ditch to get a clean finish.

8. Cut off loose threads and the likes and then ta da! You have your own knockoff dress!

* Of course if you don't want to make your own pattern pieces you could start from a premade pattern such as one of these! Butterick 5179, Vogue 8229, McCall's 5555.

Just keep in mind that most of these patterns have their necklines drafted way too high for the look. So you'll have to make some modifications there too!
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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2008 05:30:45 PM »

Wow! It looks even better than the original. The perfect everywhere casual to cocktail dress.

Pshht, don't worry. That witch probably starches her bow anyway.  Wink
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2008 05:35:08 PM »

that looks amazing!!! you did a really good job
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2008 05:36:24 PM »

nice! Smiley i love these types of dresses

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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2008 05:47:50 PM »

i am in love:)
you can probably buy a fabric stiffner somewhere (a craft store!!) that would hold the bow but not make it crunchy. i also love love love your shoes ad have been begging my boyfriend to buy me the very same pair. haha

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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2008 05:57:36 PM »

Thats amazing!
You did a great job.

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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2008 06:05:07 PM »

You did an excellent job recreating the original, i LOVE it!

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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2008 06:53:19 PM »


way smart of you!

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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2008 06:57:40 PM »

This is really cute, i think that yours looks even better than the original picture! What material did you use to make it?

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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2008 08:15:28 PM »

awesome job! it looks great on you
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