Monday, February 22, 2010

refashion: a shabby apple knock-off

I love this dress from Shabby Apple but I don't love the $98 price tag. So in true Erin fashion I decided to recreate it myself with clothing from the refashion pile.


Two men's dress shirts that were in perfect condition aside from the blasted 'ring around the collar' (anyone know a good remedy for that??) and a nice gray skirt from Banana Republic that I never wore because of it's very dowdy mid-calf length. The only items I bought were a 22" zipper and half a yard of black fabric for the waistband. Less than $4 total.



I made my rosette detail a little smaller than the original. I don't like too much emphasis on the girls.

I even added contrasting pockets! Love 'em.



P.S.- Perhaps I should send less time sewing and more time doing yard work... nah, that's no fun.

44 comments:

Law Momma said...

*sigh* Your creativity shames me. I love this dress!

Chris said...

W.O.W.

Lynne said...

Beautiful!

Mauri said...

That dress is amazing! Looks beautiful on you. You are so inspiring!

abby @ tales and trials said...

Ok seriously, that dress is amazing!! And it looks so great on you too.

Katy said...

That is stupid cute! You are one talented girl on the sewing machine. I actually think your dress is better looking than the one at Shabby Apple. It looks like it's more tailored and I love the flower.

Stephanie said...

Holy cow, you're beyond amazing. I can't believe that used to be a men's dress shirt! Seriously, it's blowing my mind. Show us how you made the rosette!!!!!

Steph said...

Eat your heart out Shabby Apple!

Funny thing, I've completely lost motivation to look for remedies for ring around the collar ever since I started refashioning men's shirts. Now I'm always on the lookout for excuses for him to put his shirts into "retirement".

I love the idea of using men's shirts for a faux-separates dress. Yours is stunning! (I like it better than Shabby Apple's)

Mama Thompson said...

That's amazing....where can I get one:)?

Jenn said...

Very cool! I love that dress too, maybe I should make something for myself one of these days...

Team Cowan said...

Amazing! I think this might be your best yet. $4 to make a $98 dollar dress?? You husband needs to take you out to dinner for that one. :)

City Grace said...

this is amazing! awesome job!

Andrea and Casey said...

WOW! That is stunning on you! I can't even believer you made it- well i can, but it's just so amazing!

A Southern Accent said...

That is awesome! Love Shabby Apple and I adore that dress.

molly susan strong said...

I ove it and mainly...I want one!

Design A-Peele said...

Erin! That is truly gorgeous!! I have been admiring that dress for a while too!

Laura said...

you are one talented gal! sure do love you.

Amy Jo said...

Are you kidding me? I can't believe you pulled that off. Totally amazing refashion!

Jennifer said...

That is amazing! I only wish I had your skills!

The Fear Fam said...

Wow! Great job. I like it better than the original.

Meg said...

Wait---you made that?!? Really? I am in awe. How did you turn a mens dress shirt into THAT? Will you post a tutorial?

merathon said...

are you freakin kiddin me with this one? come on! i've also been in love with the bugle boy for sometime now. sure wish i had your vision!

merathon said...

oh, and apparently i missed the stunning reveal at church yesterday since i had to skip out! dang it!

Jenn Bennett said...

That dress is amazing! You continue to impress me with outfits that never look homemade at all. I can sew a bit but most everything looks a little "homemade". You're so talented!

Lovely Little Nest said...

WOW. You are very talented! This is great transformation ~ I like it even better than the original! :)

The Stringham 5 said...

Wow! You have amazing talent! I love it! And you are adorable.

Kalleen said...

Erin, You have serious talent. The fit is amazing. I was wondering if the flower I just did on my daughter dress was too much but I guess it's in style. Thanks.

Andi said...

W. O. W. Yours looks way better than the original (I'm not just saying that because you're my friend). Your neckline, sleeves, and fit are much nicer. You always amaze me. You need to spend some time visiting me and teaching me your ways.

jen said...

I like your version better than Shabby Apple. Why can't we be the same size so I could borrow more of your creations? :)

Bethany and Scott said...

That dress turned out beautiful! Very crafty. My husband gets the "ring around the collar" too, I usually add bleach to the white load his shirts are in and also use spray 'n' wash and a scrub/nail brush (before putting it in the washer).

Mags [Margaret] said...

Hot dress and stunning model! Wonderful creative work, as always!

Bethany said...

Love it...any chance you'll tell us how you did the top portion?

the Lost Earring said...

Beautiful job!!! Funny, I just got an entire stack of men's shirts from my uncle. So excited because they're brand new. I can't make a dress, but I may make some more totes and pouches :) Happy sewing!

Infarrantly Creative said...

You've got mad skillz girlfriend. I am jealous...seriously AWESOMENESS.

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!

penny said...

That is so beautiful! You inspire me..everytime I see a refashion you have done, I want to go rummage through my family's closets!!

Joyeful said...

This is just amazing!!! It looks absolutely beautiful on you!! I can't believe how you turned that men's shirt into THAT!! Wow!!!

theartfulabode said...

i really don't know how you do it! this looks incredible! I saw this dress on another blog and wasn't too happy with the price either. Now, if only you could pass your sewing genius my way... :)

Tyree said...

you have got talent girl!

The Persimmon Perch said...

Girl that transformation is unreal. Amazing. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

janimal said...

You look better than the model wearing the original! Fantastic job.

jenjen said...

I love it! You are so so talented. I wish I could sew like you!

Wonderful!

XOX
Jen

Tiff @ Making The World Cuter said...

I'd spend $98 on yours! Beautiful! Jealous of your mad skills!
-Tiff

Melissa said...

What a great refashion, Erin!! I love the outcome.

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