J.Crew Inspired Button Back Dress

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


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Ok I cannot believe this dress turned out. (I feel like I've said that a lot lately.. haha story of my life.) It sure gave me one heck of a time though, that's for sure. Fitting issues, pattern issues, momma drama (she's not a fan of the back.. :), ya I've pretty much reached the point where I kind of don't want to look at another piece of this fabric again.

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I do love how it turned out though. I used Simplicity 5954 for everything except the front bodice. I fell in love with this pattern after seeing it on Lara's blog, DreamingofavonleaI loved how she changed the zipper closure to a button closure so I decided to do mine like that as well. Thanks for the cute idea Lara!

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Then I used the front bodice from Newlook 6723 because I wanted a higher neckline since I have no boobs to balance out the low back, and then also added cap sleeves.

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For fabric, I used this ivory satin from Mood. It's thick and seems to be really good quality (yet is cheap!) so I'm glad I used it. Some tips if you're going to be using it though, #1 use glass head pins instead of plastic ones. This fabric isn't very forgiving and leaves holes left by thicker pins. #2, if you're going to be gathering at all, use quilting thread. I had issues with the thread breaking on my gathering stitches. And #3, forget trying to make it look ironed because it just isn't going to happen.

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Oh and I cut off 15+ inches from the skirt. 15 inches!! Guys that's like a mini person. They certainly didn't mess around in the 60s, that's for sure. Really though if you don't want a full skirt- don't use this pattern

 Here's the inspiration pic. Cute, except it was $295 dollars. No I'm not kidding, J.Crew will be the death of me I swear. 




And for those that don't want to read that monster of information above,
Fabric: Satin from Mood
Pattern (for front bodice): Newlook 6723
Pattern (for everything else): Simplicity 5954 




110 comments:

  1. Ah, I know I've probably said this so many times before, but you're such an inspiration, Haylee! Love this dress so much, especially the buttons! Awesome job :)

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    1. Ahh Eva it has been way too long sing I've talked to you, how are you?? And thanks so much for your comment by the way, that was really nice of you to say.

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  2. Waw, this dress turned out so nice, Haylee (basically like all of your clothing items, hah!) That back is lovely, and so are the buttons. Such a nice detail!

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  3. Sheesh, $300?! I think yours worked out perfectly then!

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    1. haha I know right? That's what I thought. I think I make $300 in like, 3 weeks of work. haha so not worth it. It always makes me wonder how much it cost them to make, you know? Like how much they're really ripping us off. I probably don't want to know honestly.

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  4. this is freaking beautiful.
    goodness, can you just make all of my clothes?

    K

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    1. Ahh Kirsten thank you so much. Anytime girl, anytime. :)

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  5. gorgeous dress! who needs j.crew when we can sew anyways? great job@

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    1. I know right? Except somehow I still end up spending way too much at that stupid store. haha they're just way too amazing for their own good.

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  6. This really is the cutest dress! I seriously love it!

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    1. Thanks so much Sonja! Considering that everything you make is the freaking cutest thing ever this means a lot, thanks cute girl.

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  7. Haylee this dress is STUNNING! You are so talented!! The ivory looks perfect with your skin tone and i love how you balanced the front with the back! omg and those buttons !!!! haha, i'm basically in love with this dress and i need it!

    xoxo,
    Laura

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    1. Ahh Laura this was the sweetest comment ever, thank you SO much. Really this meant a heck of a lot to me, thanks for taking time to say that.

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  8. Oh, I totally disagree with your mama on this one. The back is my FAVORITE part! I have a pattern very similar to the one you used to create this...and a piece of satin that deserves some love... hmmmm. :-D Very cute!

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    1. Ok I just have to tell you that I told my mom to read this and she was laughing. haha but it's so true! The back is my favorite part too, and k if you end up making one like it please send it to me!! I love seeing other people's rendition of things.

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  9. You're so talented with making clothes! Really loving the dress :) Haha, my mom would feel the exact same way with the back... typical moms.

    A Splash Of Tan

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    1. Well good I'm glad to know I'm not the only one in the mom struggles! haha I like to think she's warming up to it a bit after reading these comments, or maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part. haha

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  10. Wow- yours is even more gorgeous than the original! Great work! Alex

    tobebeautifulingodseyes.blogspot.com

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    1. Ok best compliment Ever! Thank you so much Alexandra

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  11. I love this dress! Haylee your so talented.. I am seriously wanting to have you make me more clothes!

    Xo, Kahana
    abeautifullife42.blogspot.com

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    1. Seriously anytime Kahana! I would be more than happy to make you something anytime you want!! I think I need to use you as my model more often anyways since you're so dang cute.

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  12. i love the cap sleeves & back! such a pretty dress!

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    1. Thanks so much Stephanie! I'm honestly super happy the sleeves turned out, haha I didn't think they would.

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  13. The back is AMAZING! This looks so pretty and classy on you too :)

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    1. Ahh thank you so much Ashley, I didn't want the back to come off as hooch or anything and I was worried it might so I'm glad you didn't think that. (Or at least didn't tell me you did! Which I'm also grateful for) haha thanks so much.

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  14. This is seriously beautiful!

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    1. Ahh a comment from Tilly and the Buttons! haha thanks so much cute girl, that means a lot coming from you.

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  15. I love it! Especially the low back. ;)

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    1. Thanks so much Alison! The problem now is finding somewhere to where it to. ha, I wish we could have a huge blogger meet-up girls night out thing and all wear things we made. How awesome would that be?

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  16. Love everything about this! Especially the low back with the buttons. Great job!

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  17. Wow! Absolutely gorgeous! I'm feeling so inspired!

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    1. Ah Sarah thank you! That's totally the story of my life visiting other sewing blogs so that means a lot for you to say, thanks so much.

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  18. Very pretty dress. Well done! Mums eh? Why didn't she like the back?!

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    1. haha I know right? She just likes me to dress pretty conservatively I guess. I think she's coming around to it a bit though! At least I like to think that. :)

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  19. Gorgeous Haylee! And I love the back;)

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  20. Wow I love it!! Yours looks way better than the J. Crew one :)

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    1. Seriously Lane this is probably the nicest thing you could tell me, thank you!

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  21. you are amazing!!! haha, mama drama, that's great. it happens lol!!

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    1. haha I know I thought it summed up the situation quite perfectly :) haha and thank you Rachel!!

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  22. This turned out so great! See, all your hard work and mama drama turned out! You look wonderful (and happy!)

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  23. It's beautiful! The buttoned back reminds me of wedding dresses.

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    1. Ah thank you! That's a huge compliment, thanks so much Erin.

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  24. I love the button closure...it is just beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Teresa! It was kind of winged last minute so I'm glad it looks ok! haha

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  25. I LOVE this dress! The contrast between the high neck and low back is perfection :) So classy, feminine and modest, reminds me of Audrey Hepburn :)

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    1. Oh my gosh Kristyn!! Ok best compliment ever, thank you so much.

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  26. Well I think the final result looks great even if it did give you some grief (I just finished a dress like that too!) and the buttons are a cute change xx

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    1. They're the worst aren't they? I just finished a really simple shirt with cotton and I was blown away at how much easier it was. I forgot how much more simple sewing can be! haha but thanks so much, this comment was really nice of you to say.

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  27. you look STUNNING. man. so in love with this dress!!

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  28. aaahhaha. mama drama. girl, make all my clothes! dress this baby bump! be my royal seamstress!

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    1. Oh my gosh please! I will dress your baby bump anytime. By the way I'm feeling like we're desperately needing some picture updates from you pregnant girl. Where are the bump updates!

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  29. It is amazing! Love the back, how can you not love the back! The buttons are a great idea!

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    1. I know right? That's my favorite part too, my mom's coming around to it I think though. Thanks so much Nat by the way Nat. The buttons definitely make it a little bit harder to get in and out of so I'm glad they at least look ok! haha

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  30. gorgeous as always!! love the low back, the ivory color, and the buttons!!!

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    1. Thank you! Coming from the queen of gorgeous sewing herself, that means a lot, thank you :)

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    1. Thanks Lisa! That's really sweet of you to say.

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  32. Gorgeous! I love the shape and colour and great touch with those buttons. Thanks for the link back!! I have loads of new followers now thanks to you! xxx

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    1. Ahh girly that makes me so happy! I love when that happens so I'm glad I could help. :) And thanks again for the cute idea!

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  33. it's really, really lovely, haylee! the back is perfect, the dress is so well-balanced. great touch on the buttons, too!

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    1. Thanks so much Kristin! Thanks for saying that about it being balanced too, I was worried so that means a lot. haha thank you :)

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  34. ah, gosh! i love this dress! it's so perfect and cute, i want one just like that!

    lindsey louise

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    1. Thanks so much Lindsey! Trust me, if it looks anything close to perfect than you just haven't seen it up close enough. haha thanks for saying that though!

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  35. Love, LOVE this! So classy- I think the high neckline with the lower scoop in the back looks so elegant.

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    1. Thanks so much Jillian! That was really sweet of you to say.

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  36. Oh my gosh - this is my new favorite dress ever! It's above and beyond your inspiration dress. The fabric, the shape of the back, the neckline, the sleeves, the SKIRT! (perfect amount of gathering) - this couldn't be more beautiful if a million sewists spent a million days trying to make it so :) You are so talented Haylee! I'm sorry it was such a headache along the way, but holy cow it was all worth it because this dress is phenomenal. You look so beautiful in it!

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    1. Ah Kacie!! Words cannot even describe how much this meant to me, thanks so much. Seriously this comment completely made my day, thank you!

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  37. This is so beautiful. I love the sleeves and the buttons, and the material matches the dress perfectly. You're so gorgeous in it - you're elegant and cute and pretty all at once - I hope you get a chance to wear it somewhere special!

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    1. Thank you!! Wow that was really nice of you to say, thanks so much. I really hope I can find somewhere to wear it too, it might be hard with the low back because that kind of takes church out of the equation. haha gahh

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  38. That dress turned out SO well! Unlike your mom, I love the back of the dress! Great blog you have here miss :)

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  39. BEAUTIFUL! I love it! I like it BETTER than the inspiration! Your sleeves are more flattering, and I adore the buttons on the back. Also the fabric is gorgeous. Great job!

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    1. Ah thank you so much Allison, I never would have expected that at all so really thanks so much for saying that.

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  40. Oh my goodness Haylie, you are so talented!! Maybe if I stalk your cute blog long enough your awesome mad skills of sewing will rub off on me! ;) Hey, it could happen! Love it, great dress!! And you look beautiful!!

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    1. Well heck maybe I'll do the same for you and your blog and then we'll be in business! Because I'd soo be down with picking up some of your amazing crafting skills. Seriously I've tried, and I still cannot make those little hair bows turn out as cute as yours.

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  41. Wow Haylee, it's beautiful!!

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    1. Thanks so much! Ah that means a lot coming from you. Thanks cute girl!

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  42. Haylee,

    I am so flattered by the comments you left on my blog. You not only made my day, but probably my whole week! It's always reassuring to try out new techniques on a fashion blog like creating a sarcastic narrative when I know people actually like it hahaha. As for the skirt, I actually got it from Forever21.The fabric is what drew me to the skirt as well. I hope you have a wonderful day and I'm excited to see what else you blog about in the future :)

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    1. I meant them! Every word, and I'm so intrigued about that skirt being from Forever 21. haha I wonder if they have the same supplier as Mood or something. Well I love it and you are seriously the cutest!

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  43. This is a lovely dress! I saw it on the Copy Cat Challenge page cos I have just entered myself. Not quite in the same league as yours though! Your blog is great by the way! I will definitely be back for another look.

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    1. Ok don't even, Lauren your dress is gorgeous!! So similar to the inspiration dress, you're seriously not giving yourself enough credit girl. I love that you picked a Marilyn Monroe gown by the way, perfect inspiration (I just wish I had the boobs to do the same! haha)

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  44. Love what you did with the dress! You look super cute and have such talent for sewing

    happymedley.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Anna! That's really sweet of you to say, thank you so much.

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  45. I need to learn how to sew!! I think I say that everytime I visit your blog but seriously!! Why can't I do this?! I love J. Crew (but can never afford it) This dress is just GORGEOUS!! I love the back! (although I couldn't wear it :( ) I think the high neckline does balance it out quite perfectly - and I have no boobs either so I totally feel ya there ;)
    Jessi
    http://haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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    1. haha no boobs for the win! Honestly dresses like this make me not mind it so much, because it's like yay one less thing I have to worry about popping out somewhere or something. Thanks Jessi for the sweet comment by the way, come over and sew with me! I will teach you how to make all the J.Crew dresses that you want.

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  46. Such a lovely dress! I am so impressed that you made it yourself! I'm always shocked when a dress that I made actually fits.

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I know I'm the same way. It's hard when every pattern fits a bit different, you know? It's like you're constantly having to change different bits and pieces on each one. Ugh annoying!

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  47. I love this! you are so talented! it looks great on you hailey!


    maria

    sewnbymaria.blogspot.com

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    1. Maria you are seriously the biggest sweetheart ever, thanks so much cute girl!

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  48. Love it. https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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  49. Wow! This dress is just gorgeous on her! New to your site. I'm going to stay and look around! Saw on My Fashion Forward Blog.

    Gina @ Gina's Craft Corner
    http://ginascraftcorner.blogspot.com

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  50. Dear Haylee, you have a very beautiful site. I just came by from All Things Pretty. Your dress is lovely. I love the classic cut and the ivory buttons on the back...very chic and very retro. Pinning this! Blessings, Catherine

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    1. Catherine you are so sweet, thanks so much. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for pinning it!! Ahh I get so excited when people say they did that. haha

      Also holy yum! Your blog is amazing, oh my gosh. I'm seriously craving those peach muffins of yours now, haha yum!!

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  51. I am impressed! you did an amazing job on that dress! its stunning! I love it!

    kelseybang.com

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    1. Thanks so much Kelsey! (Also comment from you = day made. haha thank you!)

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  52. Gorgeous!! I am so impressed! I love the back! Thanks for sharing your look with Three-fer Thursday!

    xoxo Meghan
    www.everydayfashionandfinance.com

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    1. Thanks so much Meghan! Thanks for hosting the link-up.

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  53. I absolutely adore this! My fave! (the cream brocade skirt you made for your cousin is my second - feeling very inspired :))

    You look really beautiful in it, and I much prefer your version to the J-Crew one!

    Happy sewing!

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    1. Jude you are so sweet, thank you so much!

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