Knock-Off Projects {week 3}

So, how was your weekend?  Brad, Abi and I went on a little road trip.  The vast majority of our family lives in Utah, California & Washington.  They’re all out west.  I do however have a sister in North Carolina and Brad has a brother in Baltimore.  But that brother and his family are moving back to Utah next week :( .  So we decided to take a quick trip down for the weekend to visit before they took off and left us almost on our own.  Abi and her cousin Hannah are the only girl cousins on that side of the family and they had a blast together.

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And now I’m home and get to show you all the amazing Knock-Off projects the crafters have come up with.  This is always one of my favorite weeks.  Actually, it is my favorite.  It’s crazy what you guys can do!

The poll, as always, is in the sidebar and will be open until Thursday night.  Get your vote in early and spread the word!

PS – Lifestyle Crafts is having a mondo sale from today thru the 27th.  And by mondo I mean 50% off if you use the code THINKURCRAFTY at check out!  I’m going to be using the code to get this awesome Epic Letterpress tool kit and some press plates.  So excited! {yes, I am an affiliate for Lifestyle Crafts, but I won’t be telling you about it if I didn’t think it was super great}

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Craft #1 -Anthropologie Jacket Knock-off - Catherine @ CathGrace

For this weeks challenge, I decided to knock-off the Jupukka Jacket from Anthropologie, but there’s actually sort of a twist behind the making of this piece,

You see the Anthropologie jacket picture is from their catalogue, which I thought was stunning, and beautiful, but then when you go to their website or store, there is a completely different jacket masquerading as the Jupukka Jacket. Instead of the stunning crochet edging, they have cheap looking woven stuff, and because of that the collar has to fold down instead of hug the neck, and the plush fur just flat out looks cheap. (What the heck happened there Anthropologie? It looks terrible now.) It is so bad the ropy ties are actually pulling a nasty gap in the woven fabric, rather than a completely smooth transition with crochet chained ties that don’t pull weirdly at all in the catalog shot (I honestly suggest you go to the link and look at the MASSIVE difference, it’s mind blowing that they are supposed to be the same jacket!) 

SO anyway, I set out to make a better version of the Jupukka Jacket, I had the most beautiful blue cotton velvet in my stash (rather than fur) that I used for the body of the jacket, and then I hand stitched all around the edge in brown wool yarn, so that I had an anchor from which to crochet all the rows of wool edging from (all of the wool in this jacket is hand dyed too.) When I made my version of the jacket, I lengthened the body to make it cover my hips, so that it fit my body proportions better than the original jacket length would have, and I swapped out the pom poms that were to go on the ends of the ties for tassels; I made a pom pom and just felt like it didn’t look as classy on the jacket (and it looked rather bulky,) but I loved the look of the tassels, so I went with the swap out. (My sleeve cuff is also knit in a rib knit, I just liked the look of knit better than a crocheted cuff) The jacket is lined in a brown micro-fleece, and the entire jacket is completely hand sewn except for the velvet outer layer’s shoulder seams. The side splits make the jacket so comfortable and easy to wear, and there are so many details in this that make it cozy and comfortable, while looking sooooo chic!

I hope you love my Jupukka Jacket Knock-off as much as I do, and that I can earn your vote! Thanks!

Craft #2 – Color Block Knock-Off Dress - Ginger @ Gingerly Made

I love knockoff projects! There’s nothing better than figuring out how to inexpensively make your own version of something ridiculously expensive in the stores. In fact, most of the time I go shopping now, I examine things in the store to figure out how they made it. So if you see me with my head cocked sideways peeking at the inside of some piece of clothing like I lost something in there, I’m just trying to figure out how they pieced it together.

This past Christmas, I was shopping online and found this Susie Satin Dress from Neiman Marcus. The color is bright and feminine, the color blocking is on trend, it’s beautiful! But then I saw the price tag….$298!! On sale for $104. Do people really pay that much for a dress?? I made my version for $15.

I made the dress for me. Don’t you think it will be a cute Valentines dress? But since
we are trying to be anonymous, I got one of the girls from my church to
model it for me. She did a great job! Thanks so much M!!

The great thing is that it’s really simple to sew, even for novices like me. You don’t need a pattern, just some easy measurements.

I used a bright pink and a soft pink taffeta fabric. Originally, I had
planned to make this dress just like the knock-off, but ended up adding
another strip of the bright pink on the bottom because my original
measurements made the dress just a hair short for my comfort level. I like it with the extra stripe and I hope you like it too!

 

 

Craft #3 – J. Crew Knock-Off Dress - Valerie @ Occasionally Crafty

Thank you for your votes last week!  I’m thrilled to be here for Knock-off Week!  I love a good knock-off, as I am thrifty by nature.

I don’t know about you, but when children grow SO fast, and are SO hard on clothes, I have a really hard time spending a lot of money on their clothes.  Luckily, I can sew a bit, so I don’t have to miss out on all the cute clothes sold in pricier stores and boutiques.

Case in point:  this adorable dress from J.Crew.  I knew this would be a simple dress to copy, and I did it for 1/5th the price.  In the catalog, this dress cost $49.50.  I made mine for under $10.

This dress was easy to make using a striped t-shirt for the top and a paper-bag style skirt for the bottom.  I made two changes.  The first is obviously the color.  My daughter fell in love with this striped shirt from Target, so I thought some navy fabric from my stash would go perfectly with it.  Also, my skirt is a bit longer than the original- mostly because my daughter has a long torso and I wanted it to hit her at her knees.I sewed the skirt using elastic and fabric I had on hand.

Then it was simply a matter of trimming the excess fabric from the top, sewing the skirt and top together, and embellishing the dress with some fabric tied into a bow.
My daughter loves it, and I think she looks adorable.  If you think so too, I’d love your vote.  Thanks so much!

Craft #4 – Knock-off Nativity Candle Holder - Kim @ Maiden D’Shade

I know Christmas is over and perhaps people are tired of looking at Christmas stuff. But the Holidays were well underway when we got the themes for the contest. I was going to put this on my blog for this past Christmas but I kept it in my back pocket for this competition in case I needed it. I spent weeks looking through Ballard Designs, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, pretty much everywhere looking for a fun knock-off idea. There were quite a few contenders but all the things I wanted to do would have given me away. Anyway, I had this idea about a year ago when I saw this picture:

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It’s from DaySpring. To make my version, I picked up some hurricane vases from Michael’s and some frosted glass spray paint from Lowe’s and painted the glass. I had some wood candlestick holders that I painted black. I cut the Nativity silhouette out of black vinyl and applied it to the glass. The original is actually a metal sleeve around the hurricane glass but vinyl is much easier to work with :)  I glued the candlesticks to the bottom of the glasses (I wanted some height). And that was it to make my spin on the $60 Nativity Hurricane Candle Holder Trio for around $17.

I really like how it turned out! I hope you do, too!

Craft #5 - Interactive Calendar Center - Amber @ Mule ‘n Nag Crafts

So excited to survive another week!

For ‘Knock-off,’ I wanted to do a project that I’ve had on the back-burner for a looooong time.  Since my Eldest was old enough, we’ve been involved with a Co-op preschool.  Basically, all the Moms take turns teaching.  The only issue I’ve had is with the supplies we’ve been passing around.  They work just fine, just tags at my ‘teacher-in-another-life’ part of my personality.

So, I made us an Interactive Calendar Center.

I consider it a “Knock’off” because I copied a couple ideas that I loved {here} and {here}.

Here’s the rundown of the different sections:

Middle and Left Sections

MIDDLE:

  • Basic Calendar and Headings for a set bought when I was a teacher.
  • Today is:  This section has the full-date.  The individuals pieces will be laminated so the kids can practice writing.
  • Days of the Week:  At the bottom, is where we’ll talk about ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.’  I’m excited about this section because my kids ALWAYS ask what day of the week it is.

LEFT:

  • Top:  Storage for the ‘Today is’ pieces.
  • Seasons Dial:  We already have a {weather chart} we use, so I just wanted to add the seasons to our calendar.  Change it based on the seasons.

 

Right side with all Christ-like Attributes

RIGHT:

  • Trying to Be Like Jesus:  I wanted part of our Calendar to have some sort of Character Development aspect, so this is an original idea.  We’re {Christians} in our house, so I wanted to focus on some Christ-like Attributes.  Since we’re {Latter-Day Saints}, I put one scripture from the Bible and one of the other standard works.  I haven’t decided if we’ll change it each week or month; I guess we’ll see how it goes.
  • Phases of the Moon:  My boy is really into space and LOVES to look at the Moon, so I wanted to add some kind of lunar calendar.  I liked the one from the knock-off, but I wanted to have all of the phases seen. The kids will move Mr. Astronaut to the phase the moon is currently in.
  • Happy Helpers:  This section is mostly for when its my turn with Preschool.  These are the different jobs we give the kids.  We have the picture of the kid underneath the job they’ll do that day.

Everything will be laminated for durability and I might add titles… not sure… what do y’all think?

After voting is over, I’ll post all the documents I made as printables and share the Silhouette file for the Moon Phases.  This includes:  Calendar numbers, weekdays, seasons dial, helpers, days of the week, ALL of the dashed dates and moon phases words.  I can share the outlines for the “Trying to Be like Jesus” section, but not the pictures.

I’m super excited to get this going in our house— maybe that’s just the teacher/nerd in me trying to get out. :)

Craft #6 – Anthropologie Rosette Round Pillow Knock-off - Camille @ Sugar Baby Boutique

I just got this new bedding from Anthro when they were having their huge after Christmas sale. I am obsessed to say the least. I love it so so much. And when I saw the email about the new rosette pillow I died. It’s adorable. But, I knew I could make it for much cheaper. $78 for a small accent pillow wasn’t going to happen any time soon. Especially when I made my knock-off for F-R-E-E. It’s true. I had the fabric, stuffing, & thread all on hand. Thank heavens for a lovely friend who loaned me her sewing machine for the day. You’re a peach :)

Here’s my knock-off version. I’ll share all of the pretty little details after voting is over. I couldn’t for the life of me get the Anthropologie photo centered but you get the point right??

 

 

I’m so glad I’ve been a part of this competition, it’s allowed me to be creative and get those projects done I’ve been wanting to do for ages!

Craft #7 – “Antique” Mercury Glass Lamp and Coffee Sack Burlap Drum Shade - Amelia @ The Night Garden

I love mercury glass. Love it. It’s shiny and vintage-looking and meant to
look imperfect, all of which make it work well in my house. I especially
love the way mercury glass lamps look, and the contrast of a rustic burlap
shade really sets off the shiny mirrored glass. What I don’t love is the
price-tag.

For quite awhile, I’ve had the desire to try and make a mercury glass lamp
with thrift store cast-offs, on a super small budget. Thanks to the “So
You Think You’re Crafty” competition, I had the motivation I needed to
pull it off!

First: the originals and the low-cost knock off:

 

Originals from Restoration
Hardware
($174 w/o shade) and Pottery
Barn
($269 w/ shade). My copy: $18, w/shade.

I built it using an extra-tall glass thrift-store vase, a repurposed pan
lid, the light kit from an old lamp, and some Looking Glass paint. The
drum shade is one I stripped down and re-covered in coffee sack burlap.
The Edison-style bulbs were a ReStore score for 50 cents apiece.

 

Mine has a more rustic shade than the Restoration Hardware version, and
straighter lines than Pottery Barn’s, and it suits me pretty perfectly.
I hope it suits you, too! At a savings of over 90%, you can’t
really afford not to make one!

 

 

Craft #8 – Anthropologie Nimble Chain Scarf - Christy @ Inklings & Yarns

You could say I have a bit of an obsession with neck coverings. I love
a good scarf. Part of it is that I live in a relatively warm climate,
yet I’m always cold. Wearing scarves allows me to feel nice and cozy
without having to bundle up from head to toe. What I’m saying is, you
can never have too many scarves.

So when I saw this one from Anthropologie, I had to have it. But oh
wait, it costs $168.


photo from anthropologie.com

You read that right: one hundred and sixty-eight American dollars.
Friends, this scarf is made from an acrylic-wool blend, not gold. It’s
not even particularly hard to make. With approximately $20 worth of
yarn and 2 evenings spent crocheting in front of the TV, I created an
almost-identical substitute.

Each of the links (or donuts) as I call them is a round tube, which
are surprisingly simple to make. It’s just a matter of a little
increasing and decreasing. I hope I can share the pattern here after
voting closes!

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Comments

    • Missy says

      I would love to post that tutorial, but only the winning craft gets a tutorial here on SYTYC. Sometimes the crafter will post it on their blog after the poll closes, but not always. So make sure you vote and send others other to vote for their favorite too!

      -Missy

  1. K L Redfield says

    I’m totally in LOVE with the Anthropologie jacket! Your version, of course! Love, love, love!

  2. Terri Lynch says

    HOW CAN I PICK JUST ONE!!!! I thought for sure I’d be voting for the Anthropologie jacket….then I fell in love with the Mercury glass lamp and the Anthropologie pillow and now at the end…the crochet Anthropologie Scarf…..