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Copy cat style

Added Mar 11, 2014

by Mary Athey

Antrim, Co Antri...






My daughter gives me one of her favourite dresses to copy every now and then. This is one of them. I made kelsey two and myself one. I had spotted a similiar one in zara but at £49.99 i was’nt for buying it. Why buy.when you can sew. This was a quick dress to make and i fully lined all three. The yellows lovely on kelsey and so is the pink one (not pictured yet) i used a gorgeous soft touch jersey on both. My one reminds me of chinese tea gardens for some reason. Mine will get worn once its warmer. I’m to pale and cold now lol x
i also included some photos of one of my helpers toffee!! See what i have to deal with.hahaha xx




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    May 14, 2014, 11.40 PMby Byanka Ayala

    Thats awsome! My mom made me a couple outfits when I was younger but never like those dresses. You did a fantastic job, and her friends are right to ask where she bought it because they are sewn like a pro!

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      May 15, 2014, 05.30 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much byanka for your lovely commeny and compliment x

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    Mar 26, 2014, 11.11 AMby kelerabeus

    How amazing, you’re such a cool mom! When I was little my aunt did some sewing for me, but she always made stuff that she thought would be nice on me and never the ones I was asking for! I had to learn to sew myself in order to get the clothes I want :) I laughed so hard on photos of Toffee, my cat does EXACTLY the same thing!!! :DDD

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      Mar 31, 2014, 05.53 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much, kelsey really does look good in everything though!! As for toffee, thats my little rascal. She will follow me everywhere and acts more like a dog than a cat lol x

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    Mar 21, 2014, 05.57 PMby Oksana Starzhynska

    A very hot style:-) I’m sure everybody feels the rising temperature when looking at your daughter in this dress:-)

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      Mar 21, 2014, 06.42 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks oksana, its very easy to dress kelsey as she would look lovely in a bin bag lol, me on the other hand takes a lot of work to look presentable lol x

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    Mar 16, 2014, 06.23 PMby janene

    Great dress and stunning daughter. Indeed that colour looks amazing on her!

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      Mar 17, 2014, 03.14 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks janene, it helps to have a great looking model x

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    Mar 12, 2014, 11.59 PMby SassyT


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      Mar 13, 2014, 06.02 AMby Mary Athey

      Hi, thank you very much for your lovely comment x

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    Mar 12, 2014, 10.00 PMby rita61

    Oh, Kelsey is amazing!!! Make up is awesome. Her dress is great, and suits her so well !! I just love it when they tell there friends that ‘mum made it’; she is so proud of your talents!!! I agree with your comment on your dress, and I bet it looks great on?

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      Mar 12, 2014, 10.36 PMby Mary Athey

      Hi rita and thanks for your fab comment. Kelsey does a lot of make up for weddings now which is great. Her before and afters are amazing!! she hopes one day to make a living out of it x

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    Mar 12, 2014, 03.43 AMby velvetribbon

    You did a lovely job, Mary! Kelsey is looking great in her dress, the color and style are so good. Looking forward to see your version too :)

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      Mar 12, 2014, 06.02 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much velvetribbon. The yellow fabrics so lovely and this was a good easy project x

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    Mar 12, 2014, 01.20 AMby izbott

    Wow! Your daughter looks like a star! The dresses are so full of energy. I totally would wear them all. Great eye for color Mary, muy caliente!

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      Mar 12, 2014, 01.29 AMby izbott

      I think your kitty needs to keep an eye on your sewing .. Because Toffee is your quality control inspector.

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      Mar 12, 2014, 06.04 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks izbott, i can make 7 dresses like this for the price of the zara one and mine are lined x

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      Mar 12, 2014, 06.05 AMby Mary Athey

      Lol on toffee, at this minute she is in at my thread!! Inky has now joined in and they’re having a great old time lol x

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    Mar 11, 2014, 09.40 PMby kihli

    Your daughter looks fabulous in her new dress, and yours looks great, too! I agree on copying expensive clothes but the question is more like: why buy when you can sew AND MAKE IT EVEN BETTER ;-)

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      Mar 11, 2014, 09.52 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks kihli and that is so true. Kelseys friends asked her where she bought the yellow dress from as they had’nt seen one in the colour ? Kelsey replied and you won’t because mum made it x

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    Mar 11, 2014, 07.24 PMby Luz Kettle

    Great work. It makes so much sense to make them yourself. Your daughter is lovely. Well done

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      Mar 11, 2014, 08.11 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks luz, i often wonder how shops can get away with charging so much!! I prefer to have something different as well x

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      Mar 11, 2014, 08.14 PMby Luz Kettle

      It is completely true. I went to Brum market yesterday and some of the fabrics were lovely and so cheap.

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    Mar 11, 2014, 06.29 PMby MrsCharisma

    GORGEOUS!!! Nice work!

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      Mar 11, 2014, 06.52 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you for your lovely comment. I love copying things and of course saving money lol x

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    Mar 11, 2014, 05.58 PMby zsyzu

    I love all the versions you made. Your daughter looks ah-mazing! I love the yellow and the neck line.

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      Mar 11, 2014, 06.07 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you zsyzu, this is a really nice shaped dress and easy to do x

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    Mar 11, 2014, 05.36 PMby kisses

    Love that dress Mary…Kelsey is such a pretty girl and she models the clothes exceptionally well. Good job

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      Mar 11, 2014, 06.08 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you daina, its easy to make for kelsey as she looks good in everything x

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    Mar 11, 2014, 01.08 PMby orchiddream

    Great knock off Mary! Your daughter is lovely. Isn’t it nice to have your work show cased so beautifully?

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      Mar 11, 2014, 01.12 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you and yes having a beautiful model helps x

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    Mar 11, 2014, 12.07 PMby liliv-1

    Kelsey is a very pretty woman and I love her dress!

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      Mar 11, 2014, 01.09 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks liliv, oh to be.21 again lol. This style really suits.kelsey x

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    Mar 11, 2014, 11.12 AMby Mbaliyethu

    Love the yellow dress and the make up looks fabulous.I’d wear this dress everyday,love it.

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      Mar 11, 2014, 11.18 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much, kelsey does make up as a sideline, she passed all her qualifications and one day.she hopes to do it full time x

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    Mar 11, 2014, 08.52 AMby sarahsdaughter

    Mary you have done a great job and saved ££££££££££££££££’s

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      Mar 11, 2014, 10.21 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you for your lovely comnent. I got such a thrill when kelsey said her friends asked where she bought it!!! X

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    Mar 11, 2014, 08.08 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    What a Lady! Kelsey is just Fabulous in her yellow dress!! You did a great job Mary!! and I have to say – I adore Your lovely dress – and I’m looking forward to see you in that one! Love it – Love it!!

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      Mar 11, 2014, 10.19 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks so much ellen, i saw another lovely yellow one on here and remembered kelseys. The pink one just needs hemmed and it’s lovely on her as well. The fabric in mine was £19 a metre but i got 2 metres in a sale for £6 , a lot better lol. It feels lovely on. X

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