Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Security to Section Three...

'Security to Section Three'... the voice loomed over the loudspeaker at David Jones, just as I was sneaking a quick picci on my phone.
I had just seen a shirt with great collar detail, priced at $149 (and that was reduced!!!) and had to copy it. Surely the rest of the loudspeaker message would say...'Crazy Lady in Women's Wear'...

So here is the guilty photo - not a great shot as I was a tad on the worried side of being whisked off by security ...
A neat pleated attachment had been added to the collar, cute detail that I could 'copy' on my next shirt. 

Enter SAM#2 -
Again, I have turned to Butterick 5365, but as I have nailed the fit on this I can now concentrate on jazzing it up with a few details.
Firstly, the collar. After gaining the photo I at least had to use it. So I pleated a folded shaped length of fabric and attached it to the main collar piece before constructing the actual collar. It is attached by the buttons and a few hidden stitches, with the band section being loose. Being white on white it isn't as obvious, but I think this would be a great feature in a contrasting fabric.
Second detail to jazz up this shirt was  to add a pleat detail across the top yoke section of the back. And I thought the pleat theme would join the front of the shirt to the back.  
And the last jazzy bit I added was the single pleat vent down the back. Simply by cutting the  back piece  and adding on 8cm to allow for the pleat, and placing on the fold, it created an open pleat down the back. 
So, fess up, who else is guilty of picking up details in the shops and recreating their own designs??? Please, someone, surely I am not the only 'feature thief' amongst us...

32 comments:

  1. You are soooooo inspiring. Love that back pleat. I gotta lift my game.

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  2. This is very cute and clever; I love all the wonderful details on this shirt!

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  3. Yes, I love the interesting details you've included!

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  4. To avoid security, just pop into the changing room with the item!

    Love both your tops. :)

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  5. Nice! I love all the buttons and pleats! I'm actually a big culprit of stealing ideas in shops - I actually went and bought a small camera I could keep in my handbag purely for photographing RTW, lol! The one thing I've found in sewing is I have trouble coming up with all the little details you get in RTW so I like to think of it as creative inspriation plus you can get some good ideas of construction from looking at them too (or so I keep on telling myself, lol!)

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  6. love the guilt of taking a photograph - I have done that a few times ha ha.

    The shirt looks great, however you wouldn't instantly recognise it as being the same Butterick pattern.

    Thanks for the link to the little top, I love the look and will try and make one up - however tooooooo cold here at the moment to even think of wearing one.

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  7. Love what you've done with this shirt! And yep, I am always shopping with my phone in hand, camera at the ready...

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  8. The pleat detail on the collar works so well with the box pleat in the back...and the buttons....well chosen and well executed:)

    Glad you were not escorted from the store and your phone confiscated-lol although that also would have been an interesting post...maybe next time:)

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  9. Very interesting details and it certainly has made this shirt into a designer one.

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  10. Love the blouse. It is so cute.

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  11. I photographed a Sharon Young blouse recently. It looks easy to replicate but costs $90 to buy. Your embellishments, btw, are lovely.

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  12. Looks cute! I don't usually find details in stores I want to copy, but I have to admit that I use the screen shot feature on my computer to capture pictures of things I want to copy from online sources. Trouble is I don't get a good look at construction details...

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  13. Gorgeous. Isn't it great to create something that has an outrageous cost in the shops! Great job.

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  14. The end result of your shirt was worthy of going to jail ! I once took a photo through a window early in the morning of an adorable bag I wanted to copy - the photo did not work out at all - karma I suppose.

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  15. The back is so lovely - in turn I am going to steal your idea.... it's like karma ;0)

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  16. Wow, aren't you glad you sew? You did a wonderful job of designing. that turned out to be a very pretty blouse. Nice work!

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  17. Very nice detail - I do this all the time - notice details that is but also have that fear of getting caught taking photos so I don't! I like one of the comments to take it into the change room - why didn't I think of that!

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  18. Do I ever "steal" details from RTW? nah...I get so much inspiration from here, other blogs, Pinterest. BTW, I pinned a pic of this lovely creation and you can see it here:
    http://pinterest.com/pin/186125397069665072/

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  19. What a great looking blouse! I really like the added design features.

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  20. Another great top, you are really inspiring. I pop into the change room and take my photos there.

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  21. Another winning creative twist from you - you are really going to town with the yummy details!

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  22. Wonderful job recreating this detail. I love what you did to the back of this shirt too.

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  23. What a beautiful blouse. Great details.

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  24. great idea. Loving your shirt making adventures.

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  25. what a beautiful blouse. I love the great details

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  26. This is like "100 things to do with shirts" - brilliant idea.
    Mary & me together on this one - enough inspiration on wonderful blogs like yours.

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  27. Well worth the possible security incident. I like your collar better!

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  28. Your blouse collar is very pretty and the collar is so unique. I am another one that takes a garment into the dressing room to take pictures of it. Of course that takes more time than sneaking a quick shot. Maybe you could pretend to be a personal shopper/stylist and if questioned by store personnel, tell them that you are taking pictures of garments for your client's consideration.

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    1. Personal shopper!!! Love this idea - just out cruising the shops to gather ideas for my clients...sounds very posh indeed...

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  29. Ah yes guilty..I've even been madly taking photos in high end store change rooms and heard a voice saying ''You all right in there". hehe
    Thank you for commenting on my blog!

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