January 16th 2013 archive

Wannabe Wednesday!

Happy Wannabe Wednesday!  Today’s dress is inspired by this pleasantly purple peplumed number by Bottega Veneta.

Lovely!

Lovely!

Pretty, isn’t it?  It should be!  It sells for a skull-thumping $8,550!

What?!?!!!

Of course, Emma Stone can afford that just fine…

emma-stone-in-bottega-veneta-letterman

Here she is on Letterman, and here’s a bedazzled runway version.

…but I’ve never owned anything that costs $8,550 in my life!

Time to get creative!  I found this $1 dress and knew I could make an acceptable copycat!  :)

Oh dear.  :/

Oh dear. :/

It’s purple!  It has a peplum!  And that’s where the comparisons end!  :/

I won’t lie…I was a tad nervous about this one!  I got to chopping anyways!

Cut off those sleeves!

Cut off those sleeves!

Snip out those pads!

Snip out those pads!

We’re getting there!  I removed some of the buttons to make room for a plunging V!

Bye!

Bye!

I kept one of the buttons to stitch on to the waist where a button had gone MIA.

Just a quick bit o' mending!  :)

Just a quick bit o’ mending! :)

Then, I pinned my neckline into a nice, deep V.  It wasn’t quite as low as the original, but just as low as my mediocre modesty would allow!

Pinned and ready for some stitchin'!

Pinned and ready for some stitchin’!

I pinned down hems for my new sleeves, and quickly sewed them down, along with my new neck!  :)

Whirrrrr!

Whirrrrr!

The skirt was still all big and pleated, so I gathered some of it towards the front and pinned it with a safety pin to give it a sort of Grecian detail(ish).

I gave my dress a nice press, and was ready to head out the door for this month’s Jasper Magazine Launch party!  :)

Close enough?

Close enough?

As you can see, I didn’t have anything to use as the scarf/belt thing around the waist, so I tossed on a slim silver belt instead.  :)

While at the launch party, I ran into my fellow theatre reviewer, August!  :)

My fellow critic!

My fellow critic!

I think my refash is quite nice…

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It’s a bit of alright! :)

…especially for $8,549 less than the original!

Original Item Cost:  $8,550

Copycat Cost:  $1

Savings:  $8,549!

Cheers!

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