Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Carolina Herrera Dress Knock-Off - Finished!

Remember the inspiration dress?
Well here is my knock off. All finished, yeah. I am surprised how much it looks like the inspiration dress.
It took lots of research, planning, samples, ripping out (oh yes) but overall it was enjoyable. I missed completing the dress by the contest deadline. No long holiday weekend for me. I work in IT for a company that regards holidays as an opportunity to work. My employer moved their data center from NY to NC this weekend. I helped and I have the cup to prove it.
Don't get me wrong, I am grateful for having a good job that finances my hobbies. No matter, I use the contest end date as a self-imposed deadline. Here are some closeups of the details.





64 comments:

KID, MD said...

This is just gorgeous!! Fabulous knock-off of an amazing dress.

katherine h said...

Just gorgeous! You look absolutely stunning. What a rewarding and interesting project.

You don't need to win a contest, you have already ended up with THE DRESS!!!

Thank-you for showing us your process and also for sharing the detailed photographs of the neckline. As always, your blog is a pleasure to read.

Anonymous said...

What a perfect reproduction! I love it and I'm so impressed with how you methodically brought it to fruition. Sorry you missed the deadline to enter this into the contest but you did end up with an amazing dress!

Carolyn
Diary of a Sewing Fanatic

kbenco said...

Your dress is wonderful, and you look stunning in it.

Kat3rina said...

Loving it!!!

Rebecca said...

The dress looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the construction methods!

Shannon said...

This looks fabulous! I am so impressed- what a cool project with awesome results! You are going to have so much fun wearing that gorgeous dress!

Anonymous said...

Audry, i am absolutely drooling over your knock off. Not only is it drop dead gorgeous but it looks fantastic on you

Tina in northern va

Crystal said...

That is SO beautiful! Such a perfect knock-off. I love the exposed edge ruching detail around the neck.

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

You look fantastic and so does your dress. Impressive and you will have many compliments wearing it.

Dilliander said...

Gosh, that's amazing! It looks fabulous on too, so an all-round winner. You have my vote (even though you are not in the contest).

centrallyisolated said...

Your version is simply amazing, very inspirational! Thanks for taking the time to show us how you reverse engineered the dress. I'm definitely going to bookmark this page for my inspiration folder for when I feel like a more challenging project.

Vicki said...

So gorgeous and so like the original. Wonderful addition to the wardrobe. Shame about not quite meeting the deadline ;(

CreativeMama said...

Wow! It looks amazing and so close to inspiration, really knock off. Job well done!

AllisonC said...

Wow fantastic job, it looks so much like the inspiration. I'm sure the very generous souvenir cup made up for working the weekend!!

Valerie S. said...

Lovely! Great job!

Alexandra said...

Oh wow, that's a beautiful dress! I admire your knocking-off skills.

Peggy's Closet said...

What an absolutely stunning dress! It looks so much like the inspiration dress! ~ Peggy http://peggyscloset.blogspot.com/

Summer Flies said...

WOW!!! I love it! It is beautiful... a fabulous job done. It looks fantastic on too, as my 7 yo would say "are you proud of yourself?"

Gabrielle said...

Well done, that's such a special dress, and you've really got it looking like the original. The bonus is it looks great on you too!

Karin said...

What a shame you missed the contest deadline! Surely you would have won. You really nailed it, and it is such a beautiful dress too.

AnaJan said...

It looks amazing, and suits you like a second skin! Job well done!
I've had my eyes on this dress for quite a long time, and I might knock it off too, you've just inspired me!

Myself said...

From Portugal.....ADOREI!!!!

Robyn said...

What an amazing job - you always look gorgeous, but you look stunning in this dress.

Elaray said...

Excellent knock off! The dress looks good on you.

Psycho Sue- Sew Misunderstood said...

I cant tell the difference~

JoanneM said...

GASP!!!!!!
It is stunning.
You look wonderful.
Well done!

Maria (viola33) said...

Fantastic job done, the dress is absolutely gorgeous!!!

Lisa said...

You look great! Nice job on the knock off!

Mary said...

What a great project! Also great was the way you thought it through.

Jane M said...

Wowser, this is definitely a winner. You look fantastic and this dress is astonishing. Bravo, bravo, bravo. It's been so much fun to read your whole journey with this project. So thanks for blogging it so carefully. You may have finished sooner without entertaining and inspiring so many of us out here. You've got my vote for dress and thoughtfulness.

Lisa said...

What a gorgeous dress , a sure winner .

Rosy said...

That dress is really awesome! You are a teacher and I greatly enjoy all your process to get the final product. Congratulations!

Joy said...

This is a beautiful dress! The details are great!

gwensews said...

Wow--that is a terrific knock-off! Nice job.

Bonnie D. said...

WOW WOW WOW! You look amazing in this dress. I love how you nailed the knock-off.

Claire (aka Seemane) said...

Wow! Your dress is amazing :)

Reethi said...

You missed the deadline? That sucks! I think your dress is amazing, and I really appreciate the detail you've put into the posts that describe the process.

Rachel said...

That is STUNNING!!! It looks fabulous on you.

Remnant said...

From knock-off to knock-out!

Thank you for sharing your journey with us. You are truly an inspiration and I appreciate that you take the time to share your methods with us.

Gail said...

Now that is absolutely beautiful. I love the neckline treatment, but confess I don't think I could wear such a low rise! Would you believe your word verification is goodish, it should be PERFECT!

SewBarbie said...

Wow! You did a fabulous job, a real work of art!

Jacquie said...

Wow! Just stunning. It is a beautiful style, looks fabulous on you and what inspiring workmanship.

lsaspacey said...

WOW! If you HAD entered you would surely have won. Just incredible! Great job!

Weird: my word verification is sadsim, which looks like something totally different at first glance!

Irene said...

This is truly an amazing dress.

Andrea said...

Your dress is absolutely stunning. You did Ms. Herrera proud. That knock off is beautiful!!!. Thank you so much for showing your progress picks and resources. You inspired me.

GodsgirlT said...

Oh my....this is BEAUTIFUL. I myself like Carolina Herrera's designs. You nailed it! Nice work!

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

What an amazing dress. You did a stellar job and look great in it. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration. Too bad you missed the contest deadline b/c you would have won.

Isabelle said...

Congratulations! This is so impressive. Gorgeous dress.

Speedy; sunshine said...

my goodness; that dress is fabulous and looks fabulous on you. PERFECT in all respects.

CaCOYOTE, Las Vegas said...

JUst beautiful! What more is there to say?

Lisette M said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

SEWN said...

Just one of the many saying what a gorgeous knockoff. Well done!

Kathi G said...

HI There
I have been reading your blog for a while now. I'm not much of a poster but I had to. This dress is beautiful. It looks just like your inspiration. Bravo to you.

glayla said...

such an amazing job! love the inspiration piece and your garment looks just the same, and is so beautiful.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

LOVE. Your ruched chiffon details are so fabulous. I may have to copy that someday!

Lynneb said...

What an amazing dress! It looks fabulous,and you look fabulous in it. Well Done!!!!

Sharon said...

Wow! I LOVE this dress - you always do such beautiful work and this is no exception.

liza jane said...

Oh, it's too bad you didn't finish in time! This is absolutely gorgeous. I love the neckline. It's a very contemporary dress but also classic at the same time.

Summer Flies said...

Audrey I am thrilled you like my sewing from many years ago. I am going to put up my fabric purchases in the next few days so you can have a look ... truly amazing ... lucky I found them many years ago as I wouldn't be able to afford beautiful fabric like that.
Sofie

j.kaori said...

Wow! It is an absolutely flattering dress! All of the details are gorgeous, especially the shape of the neckline and all of the details there. Just beautiful!

mezzocouture said...

Wow. I am totally in awe of your sewing skills to pull this off. Very very impressive.

Sew Passionista said...

Your dress is amazing! Congrats on achieving such a great copy!You look wonderful in it too.

Cennetta said...

Oh my! You look sensational! The dress is a beauty for sure and you wear it well.