Sewn : J. Crew Inspired Polka-Dot Blouse

Monday, January 30, 2012

How amazing is this shirt from J Crew?



I just about died when I saw it. It was $100 though, so that ridded my option of buying it. 
Instead I decided to just make my own.


Shirt: Homemade, Skirt: Tobi

I based the shirt off of the Butterick B5049 dress pattern. It was super simple to adapt though. I basically just followed the original pattern but cut it hip length and made the A-line cut a little less prominent.



Then I added an exposed zipper down the back. In hindsight I kind of wish I wouldn't have done a contrasting one but oh well. I guess I don't hate it enough to go back and change it.

So all in all, I saved about $80 dollars making my own version. I'd say that's not too bad!



Linking up to these lovely ladies' Summer Style Link-Up!

46 comments:

  1. I love it! I'm a huge polka dot fan. =]

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  2. Haylee that is amazing! It EXACTLY like the one in JCrew, if not even better <3
    Please keep making pretty clothes :) I seriously wanna learn how to sew someday after looking at your creations!

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  3. Whoa!!! I like your version even better! Can you make all of my clothes? ^_^

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  4. Gorgeous! Yours looks lovelier than the original, I really like that exposed zip down the back. A nice interesting feature.

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  5. Dang! I love dots and your version looks amazing!

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  6. Looks just like the original! Except better, because it's handmade and didn't cost a fortune!

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  7. It's perfect Haylee! Where are your shoes from? I want them...

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    1. Hey Carly! Thanks so much, I got them from Urban Outfitters.

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  8. SOOOO CUTE. I want one. You have great style!

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  9. Highly jealous of your mad sewing skills!

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  10. Haylee! Why are you so flippin talented? And holy cow! Your hair is lookin fiiiiine girl! :)

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  11. you.are.amazing.
    i love exposed zippers.

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  12. That top reminds me of a skirt I just got at Francesca's boutique!

    http://www.francescascollections.com/product/this+charming+girl+skirt.do?sortby=ourPicks

    Every time I get something from that store it reminds me of your style!

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  13. Wow! Can't believe you made that! You're very handy with a sewing machine haha

    -LAURA xx
    http://wrinkleintimevintage.blogspot.com

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  14. this is an awesome copy. i think i almost like yours better!

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  15. Its lovely! I'm keen to try the exposed-zipper detail on something soon- I was thinking a skirt but I'm tempted to do a top now!

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  16. seriously, every time I visit your blog I remember that 1. you are the greatest person alive, and 2. you are the greatest person alive. so much talent. bahhh I wish I was half as cool as you haylee!

    xoxo

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  17. Haylee!! Where did you go? I miss your formspring so much! hehe sorry that is so pathetic. I completely understand if you needed to delete it for recovery reasons or some other reason. I just got such a surprise when I woke up and it was gone, because you're such a lovely person and I miss you! I hope you're having a super time in Australia and that you blog soon! xxx

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  18. Miss you, beautiful, talented, lovely girl! Hope you are doing alright and feeling happy.

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  19. I am catching up on your blog, partly because Tasha asked me for the address so I found it and now I get to catch up on it. I love all the things you've made. This shirt turned out awesome. I remember you talking about it. Good job Hay. It looks awesome! You are seriously amazing!

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  20. Adorable!! Being able to sew is a great skill!! I love the zipper, too :)

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  21. Saving money is something that is so fun to do when you can sew. This top turned out even better than it looks though it looks adorable. I must say I am a great picture taker with all of your instructions.

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  22. I love the shirt, Haylee! I wish I knew how to sew :)

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  23. Haylee, what a blast to see your blog. So glad your mom send your blog address. You've got talent girl! These are sooo cute. I love your love for holidays. We have something in common. The clothes are adorable and I love the Valentine's hot pads. But most of all I LOVE the model. You've always been one of my favorite people. Lots of love. Jill Connelly*

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  24. This is so cute Haylee! What talent!!

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  25. Wow, it worked! Maybe I can post now!! I do love it and am interested in what you're working on now. I have sure thought of you lately -- passing FIDM and June wore your dress on Sunday!! and got so many compliments. I didn't take a picture of her in it yet (ugh!) but I will for sure! I love you and am thinking about you!

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  26. Good for you! I think yours turned out better. =0
    ~Aidyl
    www.aidylewoh.blogspot.com

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  27. HAYLEE! You need to stop it will all this wonderfulness. And your hair? shoot girl, looking good.

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  28. Wow that is amazing. I really thought it was the same shirt. You are amazing!!! I am so touched you read my "about me." What kind of sewing machine do you use?

    xx
    Amanda
    MyCowlick.blogspot.com

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    1. I use a Babylock Denim Pro, AKA the biggest piece of crap EVER. ha I need a new sewing machine so bad, it's ridiculous.

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  29. wow! that top is amazing and you are talented! hope you're having a wonderful day!

    xx heidi
    life full of loves

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  30. as a girl who *loves* jcrew, i am now officially wishing i had the sewing gene in me.. this turned out amazing! seriously, so so cute! xo, t.

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  31. wow, this is gorgeous!!! can see myself becoming dot obsessed too :-).
    thanks so much for visiting me and for your lovely comment! got me to visit you. I love your blog and am following you now with gfc. would be honored if you would like to follow back, but no hard feelings if not :-)
    hugs
    jutta

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  32. I found the exact same shirt at Goodwill for like 3 bucks! (:

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  33. Sewing makes the world a brighter place sometimes- hehe. It looks lovely! Following <3 Alex

    tobebeautifulingodseyes.blogspot.com

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  34. You are amazing, halee! seriously, amazing! I love that shirt and I like the zipper!

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  35. your shirt looks exactly like the $100 one. great job!!

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  36. Woah, that's awesome! Stunning and beautiful! I actually love the zipper part. It really adds a lot of style.
    Amamda.

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  37. You seriously have some amazing talent!! I love sewing also, and I'm pretty much self taught too! Designing, would be amazing to do some day! But nothing like that for now :) Loved looking through all your posts and seeing some of your creations! You should totally make shirts like this, and maybe even maxi skirts for your etsy shop!! People would love that!! New follower!! :)

    xo,
    Shio

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    1. Shio this was such a sweet comment, thanks so much. Also THANK YOU for the Etsy shop suggestion. Seriously I really appreciate that, I've been trying to figure that out lately so I really appreciate hearing that. Thanks again!

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  38. I want that shirt now!! I just got this blue purse and it would look pretty cute together!

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  39. I think this girl wearing red pants this is nice.
    http://www.eozy.com/underwears

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