Monday, June 15, 2009

The Sincerest Form of Flattery

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then I make a habit of flattering companies like Laura Ashley, Cath Kidston, Victorian Trading Co., and -- most recently -- Anthropologie!

When a garment is too expensive, too immodest, etc., I like to put my own spin on it. So when I saw the "Sweet William Blouse" on Anthropologie a few months ago, I saved a picture to my "inspiration files." It was a mere $128 on the website, but I just decided it would be more fun to make it... *ahem*

So here's my version:

The fabric is a blue-and-white striped "mystery" fabric that's been in our cupboard for ages. The bodice pattern is -- well, do I really need to tell you? Okay, how many of you guessed Simplicity 4499? *wink* I improvised the sleeve ruffle, which was actually pretty simple. I added a tie to the back, just for fun:

I didn't want something quite as frilly as the rosettes on the original blouse (it's hard to see from the tiny picture, but they're quite overhwelming!), so I found a fabulous rolled roses tutorial on Sandi Henderon's website. They're addictively fun to make!

I still have some more stashbusting to share, and some still in the works. And yes, one of these days I will start "real" work on my wedding dress! I've designed it, picked fabrics, and done some prelimary experimenting -- but I won't start the "real" thing until we've moved (we're down to about 2 or 3 weeks!). Exciting times. Busy times. VERY busy times...


  1. Oh, it's a very lovely blouse!

  2. How in the world do you come up with such fabulous titles! I love them.


    P.S. The shirt is very cute. ;-)

  3. Hi Shannon,
    What a beautiful blouse!
    Now I am truly going to flatter you and say that I'm going to save that and hope to make too!
    I agree the rosettes were too frilly; I love the rolled roses you put on!

    P.S. I can't wait for wedding dress details!

  4. absolutely beautiful! great work :)

  5. Oh my....
    your blouse is lovely!!! :)

  6. I am also a fan of Anthopologie, but can't quite hand over all that money for just a piece of clothing.

    Your version of the blouse is lovely. I really like how you pay attention to details.

    I can't wait to see your wedding dress!

  7. Oh wow! That's amazing!

  8. I wish I could make my own clothing but I can't sew for the life of me!

  9. That is a really pretty blouse! I hadn't heard of Cath Kidston until a few months ago through the blogosphere. While our family was in England a few weeks ago, we got to go to one of her shops! There was so much nice stuff there (and fabric!)
    I'm not sure if I've ever commented before, but I've been reading your blog for a while now!


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