Happy Wannabe Wednesday!
Today’s dress is inspired by this pleasantly purple peplumed number by Bottega Veneta.
Pretty, isn’t it? It should be! It sells for a skull-thumping $8,550!
Of course, Emma Stone can afford that just fine…
…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! 🙂
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!
We’re getting there! I removed some of the buttons to make room for a plunging V!
I kept one of the buttons to stitch on to the waist where a button had gone MIA.
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!
I pinned down hems for my new sleeves, and quickly sewed them down, along with my new neck! 🙂
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! 🙂
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! 🙂
I think my refash is quite nice…
…especially for $8,549 less than the original!
Original Item Cost: $8,550
Copycat Cost: $1
17 thoughts on “Wannabe Wednesday: A Bottega Veneta Inspired Refashion”
Where do you find these dresses for $1? All the thrift stores I go to have dresses from 5-15 dollars.. :/
It depends on where you live. Do you live in Columbia, SC? If so, I’ll let you know my favorite haunts!
I’m new to your blog and now thanks to you I want to go fix all of my clothes! It’s funny, I was actually just getting rid of some clothes today! Guess I’ll see what I can do to make some improvements instead! Those patches are adorable, I hope you decide to choose me as a winner! Thank you for the inspiration 🙂
OH WOW! sorry I just can’t seem to think of a better word! such great savings and you are such an inspiration!
Very nice! I like the pleats pulled forward, it gives a nice drape in front. Another super looking refash. I’m continually impressed!
Good job! I’m new to your blog and happy to say that I’m glad I’m here. My sewing skills are limited to repairing holes in jeans or making simple tops. You inspire me to want to do more. Love it!
Love it, Jill!!!! Again, great refashion!!!! I’ve got a refashion in mind for me-I’ll let you know how it goes!!!!!
Love it! And you are $8500 richer as well! 🙂
Great stuff as always Jillian, keep it up!
You. You are a genius.
I think this is one of my favorite refashions of yours- you’ll have to admit you do have an eye for finding great buys to start with, that dress had such great potential and you always seem to know exactly what to do to make it gorgeous. Think I’ll be heading down to the local charity shop this weekend and trying a refashion of my own- even if I can barely thread a needle. Here goes! X
i like those savings, and the dress 😉
I’m new to your blog. I love it. I shop the thrift stores all the time. Maybe I’ll try refashioning something. I may just shop my closet !
I’m new to your blog.. I am impressed with your talents, and love seeing what you come up with! You inspired me to get busy and today I made my first refashion too. Thank you!
I like yours even better!
Again, so well done … and that colour is very nice on you.
I just did a refashion on my blog, where I added peplum! I thought it was going to be so hard, but turned out to be super easy! Anyways, I love your refashion! Gorgeous dress!